How can alternate nostril breathing help?

left nostril breathing

We all know how important breathing is for our life. But did you ever hear that breathing from alternate nostrils can have more health benefits. Yes, you read it right!! In yoga, there are several breathing techniques that a person learns and each one benefits your body in a different way. Today, I am going to share with you the importance and benefits of the left nostril breathing.

What is left nostril breathing? It is a technique of breathing where you breathe in from your left nostril and out from your right nostril. Close your right nostril with your right thumb and inhale through your left nostril. Take deep breath as you inhale as deep as possible without straining yourself. Then hold the breath as long as possible by closing both the nostrils and touching your chin to the upper chest. As you increase the internal retention of breath, its benefits are experienced more. Then, by closing the left nostril with right ring and little fingers exhale through the right nostril. After the exhale, hold the breath as long as possible by closing both the nostrils before you inhale again. It is also called as Chandrabheda pranayam / left nostril breathing. Caution: It is very important that you do not stress or strain yourself while practicing this breathing technique. Do as much as you can comfortably. Practice this breathing technique more in summer as it also helps to cool your body.


It is very effective for people suffering from acidity / heartburn.

It helps to calm the mind and reduces fatigue.

Body feels cool and light.

In my next article, I will share about the importance right nostril breathing and its benefits. So Stay Tuned!!

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