Chandra Bhedna Pranayama

Posted On December 8, 2019

Benefits of Chandra Bhedna Pranayama and how to do

Chandra Bhedna pranayama is a simple breathing exercise. In Chandra Bhedana Pranayama you have to inhale through the left nostril and exhale through the right.

The word Chandra Bhedna pranayama is derived from Sanskrit and in English, it has known as Left Nostril Breathing or Moon Piercing Exercise (Chandra= Moon; Bhedna= Piercing; Pranayama= breathing exercise). It can be practiced by any age of people. People with fat thighs can also easily perform this asana.

From ancient times Chandra (Moon) is considered as the symbol of calmness and cold and Surya (Sun) consider as the symbol of Energy and warmth.

There are two major Nadis presents In our body- Chandra Nadi (left nostril) and Surya Nadi (right nostril). It helps to maintain the magnetism and energy of our body. These Nadis (channels) travel from the base of the spine to the point between our eyebrows.  

It is said that when you inhale, the energy passes through Chandra (Ida) Nadi and on exhalation through Surya (Pingala) Nadi.

study shows that Chandra Bhedna pranayama is very effective in High blood pressure and Hypertension. Also, it helps to reduce the heart burning problems and body heat.

Benefits of Chandra Bhedna pranayama

  • It improves your digestion by keeps you away from constipation issues, acidity, heart burning problems.
  • It reduces stress, anxiety, high blood pressure and depression which relax your mind and gives a calming effect.
  • Increases the amount of oxygen in your body.
  • Stimulates your nervous system and chakra points.
  • Helpful for your mind and heart.
  • It reduces stress, anxiety, high blood pressure and depression which relax your mind and gives a calming effect.
  • Reduce your body heat.
  • Effective in fever.
  • Decrease the flow of gall.
  • Strengthen your lungs and improve immunity.
  • Increases your focus and sharpens your mind which is very essential in today’s lifestyle.

Steps for Chandra Bhedna pranayama

  • First, you have to sit on the floor comfortably in Sukhasana or Padmasana and place your hands on the knees.
  • Keep your head straight and lengthen your spine.
  • Close your eyes and focus on your breath.
  • Now use your right-hand thumb to close your right nostril (Pingala Nadi) and take breathe deeply from your left nostril (Ida Nadi).
  • Hold your breathe and close your left nostril (Ida Nadi) with the middle finger of your right hand and open your right nostril (Pingala Nadi) to breathe out.
  • Repeat this process as much as you can.
  • As a beginner, at least repeat this process 10 times. Then slowly increase your time.
  • Try to take a long and deep breath.

Tips and Precautions

Here are a few tips and precautions which you should know if you are planning to start this pranayama. The following points may help you especially if you are a beginner: –

  • There is no fixed time for performing this asana, but most of the experts recommend to do breathing exercises in the morning. Because they believe morning air is fresh and less polluted than the rest of the day and your mind also more focused and calm which is most important for any exercise.
  • Avoid Chandra Bhedna pranayama, if you are suffering from any kind of cold or low blood pressure.
  • Don’t perform Chandra Bhedna pranayama after the meal. Take some rest for a few hours (3-5 hours) then start the exercise.
  • Those people who have Cardiac or Blood pressure problems should not hold their breath while doing this pranayama just switch your nostrils and inhale or exhale.
  • Don’t perform in winter.
  • Consult your doctor before starting this practice if you have undergone abdominal surgeries, heart surgeries, brain surgeries.
  • Keep your back and head relaxed and straight.
  • Inhale deeply, feel your breath to the diaphragm, just like a baby breathes and exhales slowly.
  • Before starting this pranayama you should take long breathe and then exhale through your mouth this will help you as a warm-up before any exercise. 3-4 times will be enough.

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