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5 responses to “Right and Left Nostril Breathing: Easy and Effective Pranayama”

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  3. cate baily

    Hi Edith!

    Thank you for your question. Sorry for the confusion. In both the solar breath (right nostril breathing) and lunar breath (left nostril breathing), you inhale and exhale through one nostril, blocking the other. So, for example, in the Energizing: Increasing Solar Energy pranayama, you block the left nostril with the thumb of the left hand and inhale through the right nostril, then exhale through the right nostril and continue for 25 more breaths.

    I hope this is helpful! All the best! Sat Nam!

  4. Edith Springer

    If you take 26 long deep breaths through your right (or left) nostril, how do you exhale? Through the right or left nostril? I found this description confusing for someone who has never done it. Inhales are followed by exhales and there is no instruction for how to do it. Would you kindly respond by email. Thank you.

  5. Dr. Andrew Greszczyszyn

    Great post. It is nice to see some easy to use pranayamas discussed on open forms. Something else about left right nostril breath is the idea that breathing alternates between dominate nostril (left and then right dominate) about every 2 hours.

    This helps circulate the acupuncture or ki energy, which is important for Nadis and chakra cleansing/opening.

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