What is Surya Bhedana Pranayama?
- Surya Bhedana Pranayama is a type of yogic breathing technique that involves inhaling through the right nostril and exhaling through the left nostril while the left nostril is blocked. It is also known as the “right nostril breathing” or “pingala nadi pranayama” in Sanskrit.
- According to the yogic tradition, the right nostril is associated with the Surya (sun) energy and the left nostril is associated with the Chandra (moon) energy. By practicing Surya Bhedana Pranayama, it is believed that the practitioner can activate and balance the Surya energy in the body, which can help in improving digestion, increasing metabolism, and providing a sense of warmth and energy.
- To practice Surya Bhedana Pranayama, sit in a comfortable seated position with the spine straight and the hands resting on the knees in chin mudra (the tips of the index finger and the thumb touching). Close the eyes and take a few deep breaths to relax the body and calm the mind.
- Next, using the right hand, gently close the left nostril with the ring finger and pinky finger. Inhale deeply through the right nostril and then close the right nostril with the thumb. Hold the breath for a few seconds and then release the left nostril and exhale slowly and completely. Repeat this cycle for several rounds, starting with a few rounds and gradually increasing the number of rounds over time.
- It is important to practice Surya Bhedana Pranayama mindfully and not force the breath. If at any point the breath feels strained or uncomfortable, release the practice and return to normal breathing. Additionally, those with high blood pressure or other medical conditions should consult a qualified yoga teacher or healthcare practitioner before practicing Surya Bhedana Pranayama or any other yogic breathing techniques.