How can alternate breathing help?

left nostril breathing

There are different benefits of breathing through each nostril. In the last article, we learnt about how the left nostril breathing helps and its benefits. You can click here to read my last article. In continuation to that article, in this article, I am going to mention the benefits of breathing from the right nostril.

What is right nostril breathing? It is a technique of breathing where you breathe in from your right nostril and out from your left nostril. Close your left nostril with your index finger and inhale through your right 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 right nostril with your thumb exhale through the left 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 Suryabheda pranayam / right 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 winter as it also helps to heat up your body.

Benefits:

It is very helpful for people suffering from heart problems, rheumatism, rhinitis, neuritis, sinus infections, heart attack, brain stroke, kidney failure.

It also helps to remove cholesterol from the blood vessels and dilate the constricted blood vessels.

I know it is hard to believe in the era of modern medicine, that anything apart from medicines can help with all of the above conditions. Remember, its been few more than 30 years that yoga has been embraced by the West but its origin in India is dated thousands of years back. Yes, there is not much research to prove all the benefits that I have mentioned above or all the benefits that you receive with the regular practice of yoga. But these benefits have been observed and documented by experienced teachers for several centuries. These benefits can be experienced with the regular yoga practice.Commitment is the main key!!!

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2 Responses to “How can alternate breathing help?”

  1. dr sharad shah says:

    i believe the benefit of yoga does not come immediately, its benefit comes slow but it is steady. I had gone through your nasal breathing articles, through both the nostrils and the way it should be done. I used to do it in a different way.

    • Sweta Shah says:

      Yes you are right. The benefit of yoga comes slowly with regular practice. The main part of nostril breathing is the hold of breath. The longer you hold your breath after each inhale and exhale, the more benefits you get, but you have to slowly work your way up towards it. Too much of anything at once can be harmful.

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