Nadishodhan Pranayama

This Pranayama also known as Anulom Vilom or Nadishuddhi Pranayama. The main characteristics feature of this Pranayama is the alternate breathing through the left and right nostril with your without Kumbhak.

Many of us may not be aware of the fact that we breath mostly through only one nostril at a time and even the force of breathing is also not equal for both the nostrils.

Left nostril known as Ida Nadi or Chandra Nadi, right nostril known as Pingle Nadi or Surya Nadi.

By doing this Pranayama the Nadis are purified, thats why it is called Nadishodhan Pranayama.

Nadishodhan is advanced science of breathing and this science is covered by Swara Yoga.

  • This Pranayama can be done in all seasons.
  • Lungs will become strong.
  • It purifies all the Nadis
  • It purifies the blood.
  • It will improves eye sight.
  • It will improves the concentration.
  • It will bring peace and tranquility to the mind, making it more balance and stable.

The soothing effect of this Pranayama on the nervous system reduces various emotional tensions and one feel relaxed and light.

Calmness and mental relaxation are easily felt immediately after the practice of this Pranayama.

This Pranayama has also been reported to improve the function of digestion and sleep.


  • Sit in Padamasana or Sukhasana.
  • Keep the chest, neck, and head straight.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Join your index finger and middle finger of your right hand, and join ring finger and little finger as well. Keep the thumb separate.
  • Put your right hand thumb to right nostril and breath in from left nostril.
  • Close left nostril with ring finger and little finger; remove the thumb from right nostril and breath out.
  • Now breath in from right nostril, and after close right nostril from your right hand thumb; remove little finger and ring finger from left nostril and breath out.
  • Repeat the process for 5 minutes and always ends with left nostril breath out.