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Exercise For Reducing Visual Hemispheric Dominance
do breathing exercises to make the nervous system function
symmetrically. Here's a similar exercise that uses vision.
HAVE BEEN fooling around with hemispheric dominance
for centuries. This article shows a cool new exercise
for reducing it which I found recently on the website
of Dr. Tom J. Chalko. I
find that this exercise helps induce an interesting
meditative state of mind.
halves of our brains cooperate by agreeing that one
of them will be in charge. On many jobs they take turns
being the boss, handing the responsibility back and
forth between themselves every few seconds, minutes,
or hours. This is called hemispheric dominance.
easily observe this by noticing which nostril is open.
Most of the time, one nostril breathes freely while
the other is partly constricted inside. They typically
alternate every ninety minutes or so as the brain hemispheres
switch dominance for this function. If you pay careful
attention to this process, you may discover that your
state of mind and mood vary according to which side
is breathing more freely. Yogis have developed exercises
to keep the left nostril open because the mind usually
seems more sattvic -- more calm and insightful -- when
the left nostril's hemisphere is calling the shots.
also developed techniques for keeping both nostrils
open simultaneously because they believe this helps
channel energy into the the central channel of the nervous
system, the sushumna, from the lateral channels that
run on the left and right sides of it. Physiologically,
this probably means the hemispheres are sharing responsibility
equally instead of taking turns being the boss. In other
words, these techniques probably reduce hemispheric
dominance with regard to the nasal passages.
is another area where hemispheric dominance occurs.
The following exercise allows you to observe this process
and control it.
As you look
at this illustration, cross your eyes so you see a third
circle between the blue and red one. When you get your
eyes focused right, the middle circle will seem to have
a cross on it.
The farther back you sit, the less eyestrain you'll
feel. I sit at least three feet back.
cross on the third circle. Every few seconds, it will
change from a horizontal line to a vertical line and
back. This is because the hemispheres of your brain
are alternating in dominance for this activity. When
the right hemisphere is dominant you see the blue circle
and vertical line on top; when the left hemisphere is
dominant, the red circle and horizontal line are on
ready for the actual yoga. Look at the illustration
again, but this time, try to make the cross on the middle
circle steady. You want a pure cross, not a horizontal
or vertical line. Practice every day until you can do
it for 45 minutes straight. I think you'll find the
resulting state of mind quite interesting.
Some people are bothered by eyestrain when they do
this exercise, even if they sit far back from the screen.
Here's an alternate method that completely eliminates
Look at a distant object through two toilet paper tubes
(as if they are binoculars) while holding a finger over
the far end of each tube so your fingers make a cross
in your field of vision.
2000 Freddie Yam
Yam writes frequently for Realization.org.
Day My Kundalini Woke Up
Turning Blue: Natural Pranayama
Exercise for Reducing Visual
What I've Learned From Meditation
To Read and See the Aura
By Dr. Tom J. Chalko, M.Sc., Ph.D.
is the website where we learned about this exercise.
contains an interesting section about Svara Yoga by
Dr. Jacques Vigne (section V, about halfway down). It
is a physiological fact that normally only one nostril
is fully open at a time, and the nostrils alternate
during wakefulness every two or three hours. Svara Yoga
allows the practitioner to become aware of this asymmetry
and control it. This is supposed to help the practitioner
raise energy (kundalini) in the central channel (sushumna).
Dr. Vigne gives practical instructions as well as some
references to scientific and yogic literature.
page was published on February 3, 2000 and
last revised on August 9, 2001.