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What Your Nose Tells You About Your Brain… And It’s So Cool!

It's really hard to take a serious picture of your nose...

It’s really hard to take a serious picture of your nose…

Stand still or sit down.

Put you finger under one nostril like I’m doing in the picture, breath in and breath out. Put your finger under your other nostril, breath in and breath out again.

Which one was more clear, or less blocked?

If your left nostril was more clear, don’t bother reading this post (joking, just read it anyway).

If your right nostril is more clear, then you’re in luck. When your right nostril is more clear, the left side of your brain, which is the academic/logic part of the mind, is functioning better at that moment. So, comprehending this post will probably be much easier. Your metabolism and digestion is also working faster.

If your left nostril is more clear, the right side of your brain is functioning better. The right side of your brain is the more creative and artistic part of the brain. Ever noticed how sometimes, no matter how many times you read a block of text, the information just doesn’t seem to be sinking in? It’s probably because the left nostril/right side of the brain was dominant at that moment.

If both are completely equal and stay that way for a while, then maybe you’re an enlightened yogi, because it’s very rare.

There are certain activities that are better to do, depending on the nostril that is dominant.

Activities You Should Do If Your Right Nostril is Dominant

  • Read/write
  • Study
  • Giving speeches/talking in public/teaching
  • Sign important documents
  • Eat (or at least after you eat the right should be more clear to indicate good digestion)
  • Exercise, be active

Activities You Should Do If Your Left Nostril is Dominant

  • Listen to Music
  • Meditate
  • Being with friends and relax
  • Do leisure activities and do creative hobbies

But, what if you need your right nostril clear, so you can think? 

Let’s say you HAVE to pay attention at a lecture or meeting or something and the information is going in one ear and out the other. There are a few things that can help.

Casually lean to the LEFT to clear your RIGHT nostril, so you can pay attention better. Nobody will even notice what you’re doing. Like this:

I know, I know, it looks like I'm leaning over to fart... People, I know you can do it better than me in real life.

I know, I know, it looks like I’m leaning over to fart… People, I know you can do it better than me in real life because I can win awards for being most un-photogenic.

If you really don’t care what people think, you can actually stick your hand under your left armpit, there are certain energy points there that help clear the right nostril. Looks like this, minus the silly posed look on your face.

Nothing going on here, folks.

Nothing going on here, folks. I’m just terrible at having photos taken of myself.

If you’ve just eaten a big meal, you want to make sure your right nostril is more clear for better digestion. If your right isn’t clear, just after eating, you can also lean to the left or even recline or lay down on your left side to help the digestion thing start to happen. Sometimes you can actually feel the shift, like this big lump moving from one side of your sinuses to the other. Gross. Cool.

Some people have ‘chronic’ nostril dominance

The nostril that is more clear, should shift every couple hours or so. But, sometimes, you’ll find that it doesn’t and one tends to be more dominant throughout the day. To make it extremely simplified, if our nostrils don’t balance regularly, that’s an indicator that there’s some sort of imbalance in our systems. Luckily, there are some things you can do to help (important stuff people!).

If Your Right Nostril Seems to Be More Dominant, you may find your body and mind are overactive or your may have trouble sleeping. To help:

  • Fall asleep on your RIGHT side when you go to bed.
  • Do alternate nostril breathing, a breathing technique which balances the brain, releases stress and tension and impression on the mind, for about 5 minutes, twice a day. Here’s a link from the Art of Living Foundation on how to do it and the benefits and the video is below.

If Your Left Nostril Seems to Be More Dominant, you may find that your digestion is sluggish, you often feel ‘spacey‘, have trouble making decisions. To help:

  • Fall asleep on your LEFT side when you go to bed.
  • Do alternate nostril breathing, a breathing technique which balances the brain, releases stress and tension and impression on the mind, for about 5 minutes. Here’s a link from the Art of Living Foundation on how to do it and the benefits and the video is below.

How to Do Alternate Nostril Breathing

Twelve years ago, I was at a public talk by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, and he had us all put our finger under our noses to check which nostril was dominant. I found that part of the talk fascinating and I’ve been paying attention to my nostrils ever since. I’ve been practicing about 14 years of yoga and meditation and observing the breath as well as been involved with teaching and learning in a classroom environment. From countless experiences, I’ve found that it’s very VERY interesting to put a little awareness into your snout!

If you have time, watch this video on the mind, by brain researcher, Jill Taylor, it is AMAZING. It ties in with the side of the nose that is dominant (even though she doesn’t talk about the nostril dominance thing specifically).

Let Me Tell You ‘Bout The Devil Wind

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You wanna know what weather drives people nuts more than anything?

Snow? Rain? Sun? Cold? Heat?

Nope.

Wind.

By far. Read the rest of this entry

The Thing About Vaccines That Most People Forget

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I wonder if people have forgotten that a debatable topic means there are two plausible arguments to both sides? If it was 100% clear that vaccines were bad, then nobody in the world would give them to a child. If it was 100% clear that vaccines were awesome, and you couldn’t live without them, then nobody would think twice about giving them. Read the rest of this entry

Is Your Bra Toxic? Five Easy Tips for Healthy Boobies

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Don’t worry, this is not an invitation for a bra bonfire party (although we can have one if you want, our boobs might be happier that way). Read the rest of this entry

Wind that Makes for Crazy Days (and How to Stop the Room From Spinning)

When the room starts spinning... get unspun!

When the room starts spinning… get unspun!  They both wanted ‘up’ so I put them in a wrap and spun them ’round and ’round

In October 2007, my husband and I spent a couple weeks in southern California for a surf contest, the USA Surfing Championships.  (I’ll just casually mention that I won my division… ahem, 2007 Woman’s Longboard title…) But, what really set this trip apart from the others was the damn wind!  Our first day there, I noticed everything looked bone dry. I said to Art, “Man, it looks like a tinder box here.”  Two days later, a hot, dry and extremely strong wind called the Santa Ana winds started blowing and southern California was experiencing some of it’s worst wildfires ever.  Lots of homes burned, lots of smoke that we breathed in… and some of the most epic, uncrowded waves I’ve ever surfed in southern California… like ever, dude… Read the rest of this entry

Instant Pick-Me-Up: Yoga Stretches You Can Do With Your Kids Milling About

'I like being tired and grumpy with the rooms spinning...' said no mother ever.

I like being tired and grumpy with the room spinning…‘ said no mother ever.

You feel like staring at the wall, or curling up under the covers, or dropping to the floor, or maybe even like running down the street screaming!  But, nope… You’re home with the kids and you’re stuck.  Forced into being attentive, alert, understanding and super-human-ish.  No matter how tired you are, or how much the room is spinning, you are mom (or dad) and you are on duty!   Energy sliding into oblivion… what should you do?   Reach for the coffee?  Turn on the tube?  Check facebook (again)?  No!  You can do something much better! Read the rest of this entry

Skip the Gym: Babywearing for the Win, Again!

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I've got something on my back!

I’ve got something on my back!

Ladies! Get this! That cute little baby, you know the one who made you stretch and grow in places that you never thought you could stretch and grow in?  Well, that same cute little baby can help you get back to the way you were before (or even better). No gyms, no classes, nothing crazy. All it requires is a little walk around the block. Read the rest of this entry

How to Make Your Own Toothpaste

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My toothbrushing regime minus the floss.

My toothbrushing regime, minus the floss.

(Disclaimer-the following article on DIY toothpaste is only recommended if you have first checked with your dentist, some people may have sensitive teeth and if you feel discomfort after using, discontinue use.  Many people may want to only use this DIY toothpaste only for a short term tooth whitener)

I’m such a DIY (Do It Yourself) kind of gal, when I read a post that a friend of mine wrote on her own awesome blog, InformedMama, about making her own toothpaste, I was all over it.  I couldn’t wait for our $10 tube of organic toothpaste to run out.  We’ve now been using our homemade toothpaste for over a week, and I have to say, I LOVE it.  It makes my teeth feel so fresh and so clean and since one of the ingredients is salt, it makes me feel like I just went for a surf or something… all those lovely negative ions!  Oh my! Read the rest of this entry

How to Clean an Amber Teething Necklace

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Squeaky Clean!

Squeaky Clean!

I first bought Margo this amber teething necklace when she was about 6 months old… That was just under 3 years ago.  Once I put it on her, I rarely ever took it off… except for the one night when she was about 15 months or so, and I did take it off.  She was waking up every half an hour that night!  My husband and I were beside ourselves and he asked me if I had done anything different that day… After going through every account of the day, I finally remembered that I had taken her teething necklace off, but I didn’t know where it was at 2 in the morning.  So, Art hunted it down, stuck it back on the baby, and in fifteen minutes she was asleep and stayed asleep for the rest of the night.  Coincidence?  Oh, I don’t know… Read the rest of this entry

No Poo in My Hair… (Shampoo, that is)

Finally got my hair cut today!  Not as much for the little one to grab!  Also got my new Didymos baby wrap... cute, huh?

Finally got my hair cut today! Not as much for the little one to grab! Also got my new Didymos baby wrap… cute, huh?

You use WHAT to wash your hair!?’ my hair dresser barked at me today.  ‘Yes,’ I replied, ‘I use baking soda as shampoo and apple cider vinegar as conditioner‘.  She had already finished my hair.   Read the rest of this entry