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Chandra Bhedana Pranayama

Chandra Bhedana Pranayama, also known as “Left Nostril Breathing” or “MoonPiercing Breath,” is a yogic breathing technique that emphasizes breathing through the left nostril. This pranayama is believed to have a calming and cooling effect on the body and mind, as it is associated with the lunar, or cooling, energy in yoga. Here’s a detailed process on how to perform Chandra Bhedana Pranayama

Step by Step Guide to Chandra Bhedana Pranayama

a. Sit Comfortably:
Find a quiet and clean place to sit comfortably. You can sit in a cross-legged position (Padmasana or Sukhasana) on a cushion or yoga mat.
Keep your spine straight, shoulders relaxed, and hands resting on your knees.

b. Relaxation:
Take a few deep breaths to relax your body and mind.
Close your eyes and maintain a calm and focused state.
  • Use your right hand to manipulate the nostrils.
  • Place your index and middle fingers between your eyebrows.
  • Use your thumb to close off the right nostril.
  • Use your ring finger to close off the left nostril.

Become aware of your natural breath for a few moments before starting the practice.

a. Exhalation:
Close off your right nostril with your thumb. Exhale slowly and completely through your left nostril.

b. Inhalation:
Inhale deeply and slowly through your left nostril.

c. Retention:
After a full inhalation, close off your left nostril with your ring finger. Hold your breath for a moment (retention).

d. Exhalation on the Right Side:
Release your right nostril and exhale slowly and completely.

e. Repeat the Cycle:
This completes one cycle. Continue the cycle for several rounds, starting with the left nostril.
  • Maintain a smooth and even rhythm throughout the practice.
  • The duration of inhalation, retention, and exhalation can be equal, but initially, keep it comfortable and gradually increase as you become more experienced.
  • After completing the desired number of rounds, finish with an exhalation through the left nostril.
  • Release the hand mudra and sit quietly for a moment, observing the breath and its effects.


Gentle Pressure

Apply gentle pressure when closing and releasing the nostrils to avoid discomfort.


Keep the facial muscles and shoulders relaxed throughout the practice.


Regular practice enhances the calming effects of Chandra Bhedana.

Chandra Bhedana Pranayama is considered beneficial for promoting relaxation, calming the mind, and balancing the nervous system. If you have respiratory conditions or concerns, or if you experience discomfort during the practice, it’s advisable to consult a healthcare professional or a qualified yoga instructor before incorporating Chandra Bhedana Pranayama into your routine.

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