Chandra Bhedana Pranayama

Chandra BhedanaChandra Bhedana Pranayama ~ Moon Piercing Breath.

Chandra Bhedana is not usually among the formal techniques listed in traditional texts, though it is believed that this practice has the opposite effects of surya bedhana/sun piercing breath; it quiets the brain, calms the mind and cools the body.

This technique should be avoided if you have asthma, low blood pressure, cough, cold or respiratory problems. (If you have one of these conditions, we encourage you to continue the practice of breath observation that we begin our pranayama practice with).

Chandra Bhedana should not be practiced on the same day as Surya Bhedana.

This technique should only be practiced during the summer, and should be avoided in winter.

Surya Bhedana Pranayama

Surya BhedanaThis week we are introducing Surya Bhedana Pranayama ~ Sun Piercing Breath to our breathing practice.

Surya Bhedana pranayama can activate and energize the Pingala Nadi, which is associated with the right nostril or the "sun" nadi and the sympathetic nervous system.

Traditionally, Surya Bhedana is said to stimulate the brain, awaken energy in the body and increase body heat.

This technique should be avoided if you have any heart conditions/surgeries, or if you have high blood pressure. (If you have one of these conditions, we encourage you to continue the practice of breath observation that we begin our pranayama practice with).

This breathing practice should be avoided in the summer months and should not be practiced on the same day as chandra bhedana pranayama (moon piercing breath).

Sama-Vritti Pranayama

Sama Vritti

Sama = equal

Vritti = fluctuation

In sama-vritti pranayama the length of inhale and exhale are regulated to become equal in length.

Why learn to practice this technique?

Sama Vritti calms the body by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system and can be used to reduce stress and anxiety. The equal breathing technique helps focus the mind and can also be used in conjunction with meditation practice if desired.