Surya Bhedana Pranayama
The Sun in ancient Vedic text is referred to as “Surya” and Bheda means breaking through something. This pranayama in particular is performed to activate and energize the PingalaNadi, which is associated with the right nostril along with the "sun" nadi and the sympathetic nervous system. The main purpose of the Surya Bhedana Pranayama is to increase the physical energy and to revitalize the body. It helps to boosts the sympathetic nervous system and increases the efficiency of digestive system.
Benefits of practicing Surya Bhedana Pranayama
- It helps to remove any Kafa imbalance by increasing the body temperature. Regular practise of right nostril breathing helps to cure obesity.
- The practise of Surya Bhedana Pranayama helps to increase the vitality of the body.
- Helps to cure problems related to depression and lack of energy
- The Surya Bhedana Pranayama is known to have provided considerable relief from anxiety, depression and mental illness. It also provides the benefits associated with deep breathing.
- Helps in treating problems related to low blood pressure and infertility in women.
How to perform Surya Bheda Pranayama
- Sit in an upright posture preferably Padma Sana, Siddhasana or Vajrasana.
- Place the hands on the keens and keep your spine straight.
- Raise your right hand slowly and place the middle and forefinger on the forehead between the eyebrows.
- With the help of the ring finger close the left nostril
- Take a slow breath and fill your right nostril with air
- Hold your breath by closing both the nostrils
- Hold your breath as long as you don’t feel suffocated or uncomfortable.
- Repeat the steps as many times as you can. You can begin it with five rounds and then gradually increase it to ten.
- Reduce the pace of breathing,if you feel uncomfortable
- Do not force the proportion of the breathing
- Consult your doctor before starting this practice if you have undergone abdominal surgeries, heart surgeries, brain surgeries
- Do not rush with the process, take it slow and gradually increase your pace.