How to practise Chandra Bhedana

In this breathing technique, we inhale through the left nostril and exhale through the right nostril. 

  • 1. Sit in a comfortable position with your spine straight
  • 2. Place your index and middle fingers on your forehead
  • 3. You will alternate your thumb and ring finger to close your right and left nostrils
  • 4. Close the right nostril with your thumb and inhale through the left 5. Close the left nostril with your ring finger and exhale through the right

    Practise for ten rounds, and you will feel the calming effect of Chandra Bhedana. If you are new to breathwork, you can keep the duration of inhalation and exhalation equal. As your practice improves, extending the exhalations twice as long as the inhalations will increase the technique's effectiveness. As you progress, you can also add a breath-hold by closing both nostrils after you inhale. Chandra Bhedana is a single nostril pranayama technique, just like Surya Bhedana. These two techniques have opposite effects and should not be practised on the same day.