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Pranayama is a fundamental element of yoga. Through the breath, we cleanse, refresh, and detoxify the body. Controlling the breath also helps us calm our minds, reduce stress, and learn to remain at peace in difficult situations.

Surya Bhedana Pranayama is a type of breathing where you inhale through the right nostril and exhale through the left.

In Hatha yoga philosophy, each nostril has different energies. The right nostril is linked to your physical energy, so doing Surya Bhedana is a great way to refresh and activate your body. It also aids the nervous system and stimulates the digestive system.

On a mental level, doing Surya Bhedana is a great mindfulness practice.

The steps are simple:

  • Block your left nostril.
  • Inhale slowly and deeply with your right nostril.
  • Block your right nostril.
  • Exhale through your left nostril.

As you do this, envision the air circulating in your body, forming a cleansing rhythm that washes through all your muscles, organs, and cells. If you find seated meditation difficult, this is a good practice because you are concentrating on the in and out-breath, and blocking each nostril in turn.

You can do this anytime for two or three minutes to release tension and rejuvenate.

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