Andrea Bobby

Andrea is a lifelong practitioner and certified Teacher of Yoga from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram in Kerala, India. As well as being the founder, creator and author of Body Mind Light and a Brand Ambassador for yoga clothing lines, she also teaches private classes in Sivananda Yoga in Toronto, Canada.

23 Responses

  1. Grace says:

    Very interesting post! I have noticed how useful breathing is when I’m trying to control my anxiety, and it even helps to ease a stomach ache or the pain from an injury, but I have never tried any more “advanced” breathing techniques before, I might have to look more into this!

  2. Dawn says:

    Thanks for sharing this breathing technique it really helped me to stay centered during my meditation. I actually like this better than taking long deep breaths. I’ve never heard of Anuloma Viloma. Do you know of anyone that uses this for meditation? Thanks again 🙂

    • Andrea Bobby says:

      Thanks Dawn. Anuloma Viloma is a breathing exercise and it prepares the way for meditation. It is actually used very widely in yoga sessions everywhere.
      Hope you enjoy your practice!

  3. Kevin Pola says:

    I have practiced meditation to relive stress and overcome tiredness but when I briefly tried this method I was pleasantly surprised with the results. I will be using this technique more in the future. Thanks for sharing

  4. Fadhil says:

    This is a very informative post. I really have learned new things when i read your article.

    I will surely try the breathing techniques mentioned here to help me to get rid of stress. It may also help me to improve my concentration when doing my works as an online marketer.

    I have one question, when is the best suitable time to do this breathing techniques?

  5. Brent says:

    You never disappoint, Andrea. Once again you have enlightened us all of another way to enhance our lives. thank you so much for that.

  6. Maurice says:

    This is way of receiving the energy from the universe, and learning to connect it with the energy each of us have; which is our subconscious. Do u agree?

  7. Wendy says:

    Andrea,

    I really enjoyed your post. It’s very informative. The video was great at explaining the process.

    I have a question.

    I meditate but due to restrictions, I cannot sit in a traditional meditative position. Generally I am on a chair or in bed sitting up while leaning my back against the headboard. I realize it’s not the greatest for allowing a good flow of air so do you have any suggestions not only for practicing Anuloma Viloma but also meditation? It is painful for me to sit cross-legged and unsupported.

    • Andrea Bobby says:

      Difficulty sitting in a cross-legged position only means that your joints are tight. On a daily basis, try gentle stretching to open the hips and knees and increase flexibility. With practice and time, it will gradually become easier, I guarantee you!

      In the meantime, continue meditation while seated on a chair or against something to support your back. You can also try other easy sitting poses such as Vajrasana, Virasana or Gomukhasana.

      Let me know how you’re progressing!

  8. Maurice says:

    Hi Ms. Bobby. You are offering a way of finding self awareness. This is way of receiving the energy from the universe, and learning to connect it with the energy each of us have; which is our subconscious. Do u agree?

  9. Furkan says:

    It looks very useful and providing body’s balance is simple incredible. However how can I know whether nadis is blocked or not?

    • Andrea Bobby says:

      The most evident physical sign is if one nasal passage is blocked. Also, a feeling of being “off-balance” or “unequal” in energy can indicate that your nadis need purification.

  10. Garen says:

    Hey Andrea,

    Wow, this is really interesting to read about.

    I did have a question, though. How long does it usually take before you start noticing a positive impact on your life? I guess that anuloma viola takes some time to master.

    • Andrea Bobby says:

      Yes, it is a gradual process. But then again, so is Yoga as a whole. It is a lifestyle, more so than an exercise. Make it a part of your day regularly and consistently and you WILL notice the positive impact on your physical body, your emotions, your mindset and your energy.

  11. Thomas says:

    Hello Andrea,

    Thanks for this useful information.

    I’ve noticed myself that how I breath is closely related to my mood. It’s interesting how much the breath can affect in the body.

    You mention “nadis”. Are those related to the chakras?

    Kind regards,
    Thomas

    • Andrea Bobby says:

      They are related, but not the same. Nadis are energy channels. It is said that the body is composed of a network of 72,000 nadis through which subtle energy, or prana, flows. There are 7 chakras, or “wheels” that regulate the flow of prana. To put it metaphorically, nadis are like nerves and chakras are like organs.

  12. Matt's Mom says:

    This is interesting information. I am actually going to try this as you say the ENT is all connected and this helps. Maybe this can help with my ears….never know…it might help. Do you think this is possible? I have problems with my ears and hearing, and right now they just feel very plugged, but I can’t seem to get them to unplug 🙁

    • Andrea Bobby says:

      If you have any infections or blockages, you probably want to get that treated before you start practicing Anuloma Viloma. Once you do, this technique will keep your passages clear.

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