Yoga Kriya is an age-old tradition that is continued to date. Breathing plays a major role in yoga practice. In Yogic Kriya, maximum attention is paid to the breath, which has many benefits in physical and mental diseases. One action in yoga is Pranayama.
It simply means to control your breath, this art is called Pranayama. Humans have two nostrils for breathing. In Yoga they are called Nadi which the right nostril is called Surya Nadi and the left nostril is known as Chandra Nadi.
Your right nostril is connected to Surya Nadi and Surya Bhedi Pranayama is associated with it. Let’s know one such pranayama whose name is Surya Bhedi Pranayama. Today in this blog we will discuss its benefits and how to do it.
Surya bhedi pranayama awakens the part of the brain in which the masculine energy resides, that is, it awakens and increases the vital force. This pranayama creates heat in the body and purifies the blood. Due to this, red blood cells are formed in the blood in more quantity.
Its regular makes the mind healthy and increases willpower. Regular practice of this pranayama helps in reducing depression and other mental illnesses. Traditionally this pranayama is also known as sun piercing to stimulate the brain and increase body heat.
What is Surya Bhedi Pranayama?
In this pranayama, the right nostril is believed to be associated with the Surya Nadi. This is called Surya Swara. After this, it was named Surya Bhedi Pranayama. Regular practice of Suryabhedi Pranayama generates heat inside the body. This is pranayama to be done in winter.
What is the origin and etymology of Suryabhedi pranayama?
Surya Bhedi Pranayama is an important pranayama described in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. The word ‘Surya means sun and ‘bender’ means piercing. Surya Bhedi Pranayama is also called right nostril breathing. In our body, the right side is situated with the Surya Nadi and the left part is associated with the Chandra Nadi.
In Surya Bhedi Pranayama, we pierce the Surya Nadi, in this process heat is generated in the body. This pranayama can be very beneficial for people suffering from cold. It also helps in maintaining body temperature. Surya piercing if practiced daily is a boon for people living in cold regions, as it protects them from various cold-related diseases.
What is the science behind this pranayama?
To digest the food we eat, we need some energy, and this energy center is the navel. The ‘navel’ in yoga is considered to be the location of the sun in our bodies. When we practice Suryabhedi Pranayama we stimulate the internal organs of the navel region.
When we generate heat through the right nostril breathing and the network of subtle nerves in the body, we redirect this heat to the navel region. The practice of Surya Bhedi Pranayama creates awareness around the base of the spine. Thus this pranayama stimulates the root chakra hence it is an important practice to awaken the Kundalini energy.
What are the health benefits?
There are numerous health benefits of pranayama which are as follows.
- To increase positive thinking:-By regular practice of Suryabhedi pranayama, positive thoughts are communicated. Due to this, our thinking becomes positive, then its results also start coming positive.
- To get rid of stress:- This pranayama is very beneficial to reduce stress and get rid of mental stress. Today, the cause of depression in medical science is considered to be the lack of neurotransmitters like serotonin, noradrenaline, and dopamine in the brain. Regular practice of pranayama controls your hormones and along with this, the feeling of self-confidence increases in the person.
- Cure cold diseases:- This pranayama is also beneficial for Cough, Asthma, Sinus, Lungs, Heart, and Piles.
- Beneficial in phlegm disease:-It gives relief from phlegm diseases. The effect of your phlegm extends from the head to the chest of the body. If the balance of phlegm deteriorates, then we get such diseases as headache, cough, cold, migraine pain, etc.
- Generates heat inside the body:- Regular practice of Suryabhedi pranayama generates heat inside the body.
- Clears the intestines:- With regular practice of this pranayama, the intestine becomes clean and clear. In the human anatomy, the intestine is part of the alimentary canal that extends from the stomach to the anus.
- Helps in skin diseases:- It removes the impurities of blood and cures skin diseases.
- Control metabolism:- It generates lots of energy by enhancing your metabolism.
- Helps in Deworming:- It destroys intestinal worms by natural deworming and improves the functioning of digestive systems.
- Boosts immunity:- If we are getting a lot of phlegm or stress, then immunity becomes weak. It balances the uncontrolled hormones in the body, which increases immunity.
- Prevents aging:- With regular practice of this pranayama, you can slow down your aging process.
- Controls blood pressure:- Suryabhedi Pranayama activates the sensory nervous system of the body, hence it is beneficial for people suffering from low blood pressure. By doing this pranayama regularly, the blood pressure remains balanced.
What is the method of doing it?
- First of all, sit in a comfortable position.
- Keep your head and waist straight.
- Keep your hands on your knees or in Chin or Gyan Mudra.
- Now close your eyes and relax the whole body.
- When your body comes to a state of calm, then focus on your breath for some time.
- Now close the left nostril with the ring finger of the right hand and breathe slowly through the right nostril.
- In this way, you breathe slowly through the other nostril.
- You repeat this process for 10-15 minutes.
- You can extend this period as per your capacity.
What are the contraindications and precautions?
Certain precautions need to be observed while practicing right nostril breathing. This includes:
- You should practice this pranayama on an empty stomach or 4-5 hours after having a meal.
- You should always inhale from the right nostril.
- You should exhale only through the left nostril.
- You should not do this exercise if you suffer from high blood pressure, heart disease, or epilepsy.
- If you have recently had any surgery, consult a doctor before doing this exercise.
Tips for best results:-
- You just hold your breath in for a comfortable period. Don’t push yourself to extremes.
- This pranayama can be done at any time of the day as long as there is a gap of 4-5 hours after having a meal.
- While practicing this you leave behind all the noise, thoughts, and distractions and focus only on the root chakra.
Q-1What is the best time to practice Surya Bhedi pranayama?
A- Evening or early morning is the ideal time to practice most of the pranayama which also includes Surya Bhedi However it can be practiced at any time of the day for its non-spiritual benefits. You still need to follow the general guidelines of pranayama (empty stomach, clean air, etc.). You should avoid it in the summer season and during the hottest parts of the day (12 noon to 4 pm).
Q-2 Is Surya Bhedi Pranayama dangerous?
A- Surya Bhedi is safe for you by using the right procedure and taking into account all contraindications. Holding the breath in this is the only part of pranayama that can cause discomfort. If you feel dizzy or faint, stop your sun-piercing practice and breathe normally while lying down.
In the end- Practicing Surya Bhedi Pranayama every day helps to control our breath, thoughts, and emotions. This pranayama gives a sense of peace, happiness, and contentment. Its regular practice of right nostril breathing technique also slows down the aging process.
Looking at its various benefits, it can be made a part of our daily routine. You should adopt Surya Bhedi Pranayama today for a happy and healthy life. You should always keep one thing in mind that the practice of any posture or posture of yoga should not be done by yourself.
Doing so can prove to be harmful to you. Before doing any asana or mudra, you should learn from a yoga expert. Keep in mind that if you are doing pranayama for the first time or are considering doing it, then first of all talk to the experts related to it.
Keep doing pranayama