Smile Breath Meditation

This breathing exercise is designed to engage both sides of your brain to help you focus and calm your mind. Your brain has an evolutionarily fascinating function where the right side controls the left side of the body, and left side controls the right side of the body. You will be guided to focus on your breath moving from each corner of your smile as a way to integrate your brain completely. This exercise is an adaptation of the traditional ‘nhadi shodhna’ or ‘alternative nostril breathing’ practice, which has been used for centuries to generate feelings of mental balance and peace.


Kyla Pearce is the Lead Yoga and Meditation Teacher for the LoveYourBrain Foundation. She conducts LYB’s yoga teacher training workshops to enable other yoga teachers to learn how to tailor these practices for the TBI community. She is passionate about making yoga accessible to TBI survivors so that they can direct their healing one breath at a time.