Chandra Bhedana

Chandra is the moon. Bhedana means passing through. In Chandra Bhedana Pranayama
inhalation is done through the left nostril and exhale through the right.

It is said that energy passes through ida (chandra) nadi on the inhalation and through pingala or surya nadi on the exhalation. These are larger nadis that hold the balance of magnetism and energy created by the sun and moon. They travel from the base of the spine to the point between the eyebrows.

 

Instructions
Find a comfortable seated position. Gently exhale all of the air from the lungs.

Stage 1 - Chandra Bhedana Pranayama
Breathe in though the left nostril and out through the right.
Allow the exhalation to be longer than the inhalation.


 

Stage 2 - Chandra Bhedana Pranayama
Breathe in though the left nostril. (Puraka)

Hold after inhalation. The first few times hold for a few seconds. Gradually increase the duration of the time after inhalation. (Antara Kumbhaka)

Exhale out through the right nostril. Allow the exhalation to be longer than the inhalation.


 

Stage 3 - Chandra Bhedana Pranayama
Breathe in though the left nostril. (Puraka)

Exhale out through the right nostril. (Rechaka)

Hold after exhalation for a few seconds. Gradually increase this time reflecting upon how the breath and nervous system responds. (bahya Kumbhaka)

 


 

Stage 4 - Chandra Bhedana Pranayama
Breathe in though the left nostril. (Puraka)

Hold after inhalation. (Antara Kumbhaka)

Exhale out through the right nostril. (Rechaka)

Hold after exhalation for a few seconds. (bahya Kumbhaka)


 

Stage 5 - Chandra Bhedana Pranayama
Breathe in though the left nostril. (Puraka)

Hold after inhalation. (Antara Kumbhaka)

Exhale out through the right nostril partially blocked so that it lengthens. (Rechaka)

Hold after exhalation for a few seconds. (bahya Kumbhaka)

This can be practiced without the retention Kumbhaka or it can be slowly introduced in a safe progressive way.

 

 


 

Stage 6 - Chandra Bhedana Pranayama
Breathe in though the partially blocked left nostril. (Puraka)

Hold after inhalation. (Antara Kumbhaka)

Exhale out through the right nostril partially blocked. (Rechaka)

Hold after exhalation for a few seconds. (bahya Kumbhaka)

This can be practiced without the retention Kumbhaka or it can be slowly introduced in a safe progressive way.

 

 


Yoga Pranayama

Based on a book by B.K.S Iyengar
Light on Pranayama: The Yogic Art of Breathing

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