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Did you know that there is a natural way to cool down in this heat using your breath? And no, you don’t need to blow some air on yourself to do that. It’s a technique called Chandra Bhedana that Tia Maher, health expert and certified yoga instructor, will teach you how to perform.

What is Chandra Bhedana?

Chandra Bhedana is a pranayama technique that is not very well-known. In this technique, you inhale through your left nostril and exhale through your right one. “Chandra” refers to the moon, “Bhedana” means passing or piercing. Thus, Chandra Bedhana is known as the moon-piercing breath. The Moon is the symbol of coolness, so by doing this pranayam we feel some coolness in our body. 

Our left nostril is associated with the moon and the moon’s cooling energy. Our right nostril, which is used in Surya Bhedana, is associated with the sun and the sun’s heating energy.

Benefits of Chandra Bhedana

This breathing technique has several benefits for the mind and the body:

  • Relieves mental tension

The regular practice of Chandra Bhedana relieves mental tension and calms the storms in the mind. It helps against stress.

  • Activates Chandra or Ida Nadi

Performing Chandra Bhedana activates the Chandra Nadi. Chandra refers to the moon, Nadi means nostril. Coldness is transmitted to the entire umbilical cord of the body.

  • Balance High Blood Pressure

People who have high blood pressure problems should do this pranayama regularly. It helps in controlling their blood pressure and balancing it.

Precautions before attempting Chandra Bhedana Pranayama

This is a list of precautions to check before attempting to do this pranayama. It is important to review this list in order to avoid injuries or discomfort.

  • This pranayama should not be practiced during winter.
  • People suffering from heart disease, low blood pressure, or epilepsy should avoid this pranayama.
  • Perform Pranayam with an empty stomach or 4 to 5 hours after eating.
  • Do not perform Chandra Bhedana Pranayama in case of asthma, cough and cold, and problems related to the respiratory system.

Chandra Bhedana Pranayama Technique

Start by finding a comfortable seat with your feet on the ground and your spine tall. You need your right hand here. Fold your index and middle finger. Place your thumb and your ring finger on the top of your nose. Then slide your fingers down until you feel the cartilage. This is where the lunar and solar paths are.

Inhale with both nostrils for the first time and exhale through both. On your next inhale, block your right nostril with your thumb and breathe in through your left nostril. At the top of the breath, block your left nostril with your ring finger and exhale through your right nostril. And repeat.

Then, after your exhalation, switch your fingers once more to repeat the cycle, inhaling through the left nostril. Continue this cycle of breath for several minutes. You will begin to notice a calming, cooling sensation throughout your mind and body.

If you struggle to breathe at any point, please stop the exercise and breathe normally. Also, make sure you don't press down on the nostril too hard so the septum is pushed off the center, or so your head starts leaning.

Watch the video above to perform this Chandra Bhedana pranayama with Tia! How do you feel after this simple breathwork? Tell us about your experience. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

July 27, 2021 — Mint Basil Market

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