Surya Bhedna pranayama is a simple breathing exercise. In Surya Bhedana Pranayama you have to inhale through the right nostril and exhale through the left.
The word Surya Bhedna pranayama is derived from Sanskrit and in English, is known as Right Nostril Breathing or Sun Piercing Exercise (Surya= Sun; Bhedna= Piercing; Pranayama= breathing exercise). It can be practiced by any age of people.
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 (Channels) presents In our body- Chandra Nadi (Ida Nadi) and Surya Nadi (Pingala Nadi). 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 Surya (Pingala) Nadi and on exhalation through Chandra (Ida) Nadi.
A study shows that Surya Bhedna pranayama is very effective in low blood pressure, depression and lack of energy. Also, it helps to increase the revitalize and physical energy of the body.
Benefits of Surya Bhedna pranayama
- Stimulates your nervous system and chakra points.
- Increases your body heat.
- Strengthen your lungs and improve immunity.
- Increases your focus and sharpens your mind which is very essential in today’s lifestyle.
- Very effective in low blood pressure, depression and lack of energy.
- It increases digestive fire (Jathar-Agni).
- Also, helps to maintain oxygen level in the blood and destroy all the diseases due to deficiency of oxygen.
- Increase the revitalize and physical energy of the body.
- According to Hath Yoga, Surya Bhedana Pranayama destroys disorders of Vata, cleans the frontal sinuses, and destroys intestinal worms.
- It helps to stimulate the Kundalini energy by energizing the Pingala Nadi.
- Useful in treating low blood pressure and infertility in women.
- It increases body temperature, thus removing the Kapha imbalance.
- Very effective for stress management.
- Reduce depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses.
- Removes all the blockages of the energy channels, which may help you to spiritual awakenings.
Steps for Surya 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 left nostril (Ida Nadi) and take breathe deeply from your right nostril ( Pingala Nadi).
- Hold your breathe and close your right nostril (Pingala Nadi) with the middle finger of your right hand and open your left nostril (Ida 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 Surya Bhedna pranayama, if you are suffering from any kind of fever or high blood pressure problems.
- Consult the medical expert before doing this pranayama, if you have undergone heart surgeries, brain surgeries, or abdominal surgeries.
- Don’t perform Surya 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.
- 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.