Surya Bhedi Pranayama

Surya Bhedi pranayama or Right Nostril piercing is made up of two words Surya (Sun)+ Bhedna (piercing). It is one of the most important Pranayamas which is mentioned in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Swatamaram.

Surya Bhedi pranayama, As per Yogic Scriptures, the left nostril is termed as Ida or Chandra Nadi(moon nostril), and the right nostril represents Surya or Pingla(Sun nostril). Hatha Yoga Pradipika defines it as:-

Asana sukhade Yogi, badhawaha chaiwasanam tat; Dakshaya nadya samakrysya bahi stham pawnam shanahe.

Sitting comfortably, the Yogi should attain stability in his posture and might practice the simplest way to breathe deeply through the right nasal.

As Yoga propounds that the place of the Sun within the body is near our navel and naturally it has a heating impact on the abdomen region. 

In this practice, we take a deep breath with the right passage and exhale out with the left nostril. It pierces Pingala Nadi and activates prana shakti(vital force) in this Nadi.

During our Yoga Teacher Training courses and Yoga Retreats, we manifest proper alignment of asanas and the practice of this pranayama which features a deep impact on the pranic body or Pranamaya Kosha.


The Gherand Sanhita explains about Suryabheda that,’’ It restricts the maturity and death, helps to increase body heat and awakens Kundalini.” (5:62,63)

How to practice Surya Bhedi Pranayama

  • To select a comfortable meditative pose most likely Sukasana, Siddhasana, or Padmasana.
  • Please be relaxed in your selected asana and erect the spine to realize steadiness.
  • Surya Bhedna Pranayama is very effective to practice during sunrise and sunset time.
  • Kindly choose a very hygienic and open place to practice it.
  • Suryabhedan Pranayama should always be practiced with an empty stomach. It would practice for 5-10 minutes.
  • Bring all the eye to Prana energy. Close left nostril with your fingers.
  • Gently take a deep breath with the right nostril and make retention of breath in the diaphragm.
  • To practice Jalandhar and Mool bandha at the same time, the most amount as possible.
  • Practice exhalation through the left nostril in an exceedingly deep manner.
  • Keep practicing Surya Bhedhana pranayama for 5 to 10 rounds.

Benefits of Surya Bhedi Pranayama

  1. It cures most of the ailments that are caused by the insufficiency of oxygen within the blood.
  2. It is a perfect practice to increase appetite and also supports the digestive system.
  3. Very helpful for increasing Jathragini(digestive fire).
  4. It pierces Prana within the navel by which Manipur Chakra is activated which is called the center of our body.
  5. It is one of the best pranayamas for awakening Kundalini power and purifying the Chakras.
  6.  Surya Bhedan pranayama is great for improving the immunity of the body.
  7. If there is an extreme cold sensation in the feet and hands, it should be practiced for a long duration.
  8. Surya Bhedan pranayama works on balancing the Doshas of our body and at most, it cures Vata dosha.
  9. Surya Bhedni Pranayama is the best to cure a cold, sinuses, bronchitis, asthma, and respiratory problems.
  10. It has fabulous work in Acne, Leucoderma, and other skin problems.

Precautions of Surya Bhedi Pranayama

  • If Pingala Nadi predominates during the daytime, it is not advisable to practice because it is going to change the vital sign.
  • It is recommended not to attempt Surya Bhedan Pranayama in very humid and hot conditions.
  • Pingala activates the sympathetic nervous system and therefore the body is heated, it should not be attempted.
  • In the case of high blood pressure, it should not be attempted.
  • If you are feeling uncomfortable please do not attempt it or practice under a trained yogi.
  • Surya Bhedna pranayama is not suggested for persons who have heart and brain ailments like surgery and surgical procedure etc.
  •  In the case of Epilepsy, it is highly suggested to practice at a very slow pace and under an experienced yoga teacher.