Chandra Bhedana (Left Nostril Breathing)
How to do it: Inhale and exhale primarily through the left nostril to promote relaxation and reduce stress.
Chandra Bhedana Pranayama is one of the lesser known yogic breathing techniques in which you inhale through one nostril only, and out through the opposite nostril. Chandra refers to the moon, or ‘tha’ syllable in Hatha, which represents a cooling and calm energy. Bhedana means ‘piercing’, and this is why Chandra Bhedana is also known as the moon piercing breath. This technique involves inhaling and exhaling primarily through the left nostril while closing the right nostril. The left nostril is associated with the body’s lunar or calming aspect, and this practice works by engaging the parasympathetic nervous system. It promotes relaxation, reduces stress, and soothes the mind. Chandra Bhedana primarily benefits the respiratory and nervous systems. It encourages deep, soothing breaths, allowing for better oxygenation and lower heart rates. This breathing strategy can be used for individuals seeking a natural and non-invasive approach to manage stress, enhance relaxation, and promote emotional well-being, making it an ideal choice for those dealing with anxiety, tension, or moments of restlessness.