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Suryabhedi is a specific pranayama practiced during the winter season. It is an energizing exercise that provides warmth to the body. Therefore, it is beneficial in winter season. What is Suryabhedi Pranayama? Why is it energizing during the cold weather? This article will provide a detailed explanation of the correct method and precautions for this practice.

Table of Contents:

• What is Suryabhedi Pranayama?
• Method of Suryabhedi.
• Precautions for Suryabhedi.
• Benefits.


What is Suryabhedi Pranayama?

For breathing, we have two nostrils in our nose: the left nostril and the right nostril. Both of these have special significance for our body. According to yoga principles, the left nostril is called "Chandra-Nadi" and the right nostril is called "Surya-Nadi". The left nostril (Chandranadi) provides coolness to the body, while the right nostril (Suryanadi) is energizing and warming for the body.

Method of Suryabhedi Pranayama:

• Sit in Padmasana, Sukhasana, or any comfortable posture.

• Keep your back and neck straight. Gently close your eyes.

• Place the left hand in Gyana Mudra on the left knee, and the right hand in Pranayama Mudra near the nose

(Pranayama Mudra: Bend the two fingers along with the thumb of the right hand towards the palm. Place the third finger near the left nostril and the thumb near the right nostril.)

• Close the left nostril with the finger and slowly inhale through the right nostril.

• After inhaling completely, close the right nostril with the thumb. Hold the breath for a moment.

• After pausing for a while, slowly exhale through the left nostril. This completes one cycle.

• To perform the next cycle, close the left nostril again, inhale through the right nostril, and repeat the same process.

• After five cycles (or as needed), bring the right hand down to the right knee. Breathe normally.

Precautions For Suryabhedi:

• Keep your spine and neck straight in this practice. Do not bend your back.

• Inhale slowly and silently through the right nostril and exhale slowly and silently through the left nostril.

• Practice according to your capacity. Do not hold your breath for longer than your capacity. New practitioners should not attempt breath retention in the beginning.

• Adjust the repetitions of the practice according to your capacity.


This practice is prohibited in certain conditions. Therefore, do not perform Suryabhedi Pranayama in these situations:

• Avoid practicing during hot weather.

• Individuals with high blood pressure should not perform this pranayama.

• People with asthma or heart conditions should avoid this practice.

Benefits of Suryabhedi Pranayama:

• Suryabhedi Pranayama provides energy to the body.

• It balances blood pressure.

• It assists in preventing respiratory disorders.

• It protects against the effects of cold.

• This pranayama boosts the body's immunity.


Suryabhedī pranayama is a beneficial practice during the winter season. This practice provides energy and helps protect against the effects of the weather.


This article is for informational purposes about yoga only. It should not be taken as a form of medical treatment. Perform the mentioned practice according to your respiratory capacity. Exceeding your capacity in this practice can be harmful.

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