Chandra Bhedana Pranayama (Left Nostril Breathing)-Steps And Benefits
The word “Chandra” is stands for the Moon and the meaning of Bhedan is piercing, enter or breaking through something e.t.c. and it is also known as Chandra bhedi pranayama. We have two nostrils for breathing, in yogic term these two nostrils are called nadi, Right nostril is surya nadi and left nostril is known as Chandra nadi. There is another name for this Ida nadi (left nostril) and Pingala nadi (right nostril). Chandra Bhedana Pranayama is the simple and effective breathing technique. Moon is the symbol of coolness, so by doing this pranayam we feel some coolness in our body. Best and effective breathing process for cooling down the body. In this breathing exercise breathe in (inhalation) is done by the left nadi and we breathe out through the right nadi or right nostril. So this process is named as left nostril breathing or Anuloma type of pranayam. It is afore said that energy passes through Ida nadi (Chandra nadi) on the inhalation and by Pingala or Surya Nadi on the exhalation. These are larger nadis that hold the balance of magnetism and energy created by the sun and moon. They travel from the bottom of the spine to the purpose between the eyebrows.
- Choose a comfortable sitting asana like Swastikasana or Padmasana e.t.c sit comfortably.
- Make a pranayam mudra by your fingers (press the index and middle finger of your hand towards the palm).
- Now use your right thumb to shut the right nostril. (If you are left handed then make the pranayam mudra with your left hand and shut the right nostril with index and middle finger of your left hand).
- Now inhale slowly and deeply through your left nadi until your lungs fills with maximum air.
- Now hold your breath for some time or as per your capacity.
- Breathe out (exhale) slowly through right nadi.(Exhalation should be longer than the inhalation)
- Repeat this process around 10 times.
Benefits of Chandra Bhedana Pranayama
- Helpful in reduces the body heat.
- Useful in heart burning problems.
- Gives the refreshment to the body and mind and kicked out the feeling of laziness.
- Very effective in High blood pressure.
- Useful in fever.
- Decrease the flow of gall.
- Mind becomes steady by the daily practice of this Pranayama.
- Useful in reducing the tension, stress and other mental problems.
Do not perform Chandra Bhedana Pranayama in case of Asthama, low blood pressure, cough and cold and problems related to respiratory system. In the initial stage don’t hold your breath for 2 months. In initial stage do only breathe in through left nostril and breathe out by right nostril.
Maintain the ratio of inhalation, retention and exhalation as 1:4:2. For beginners do not hold your breath and keep the ratio 1:2 for inhalation and exhalation. Always take advice of expert person before doing any process of yoga. Perform pranayam with empty stomach.