Surya Bhedi pranayama or Right Nostril piercing pranayama constructs two words Surya (Sun)+ Bhedna (piercing). It is one of the essential Pranayamas mentioned in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Swatamaram.
Surya Bhedi pranayama, As per Yogic Scriptures, the left nostril is called 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 Science propounds that the place of the Sun 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.
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.
- One should always practice Suryabhedan Pranayama with an empty stomach. So 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 retain breath in the diaphragm.
- To practice Jalandhar and Mool bandha simultaneously, the most amount as possible.
- Practice exhalation through the left nostril in an exceedingly deep manner.
- Keep practising Surya Bhedhana pranayama for 5 to 10 rounds.
Benefits of Surya Bhedi Pranayama
- It cures most of the ailments caused by the insufficiency of oxygen within the blood.
- It is a perfect practice to increase appetite and support the digestive system.
- Very helpful for increasing Jathragini(digestive fire).
- It pierces Prana within the navel by which Manipur Chakra activates, the centre of our body.
- It is one of the best pranayamas for awakening Kundalini power and purifying the Chakras.
- Surya Bhedan pranayama is excellent for improving the immunity of the body.
- If there is an extreme cold sensation in the feet and hands, should practise it for a long duration.
- Surya Bhedan pranayama works on balancing the Doshas of our body, and at most, it cures Vata dosha.
- Surya Bhedni Pranayama is the best to cure a cold, sinuses, bronchitis, asthma, and respiratory problems.
- 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 will 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; should not attempt it.
- In the case of high blood pressure, should not attempt it.
- If you feel uncomfortable, please do not attempt it or practice under a trained yogi.
- Surya Bhedna pranayama is not for persons with heart and brain ailments like surgery, surgical procedures, etc.
- In the case of Epilepsy, it should practice at a plodding pace and under an experienced yoga teacher.