Lunar energy pranayama or Chandra Bhedi pranayama

Chandra bhedi – Beat the heat


This pranayama is called Chandra bhedi as its practice stimulates the nerves controlled by the moon. 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.


Read general guidelines for pranayama before starting chandra bhedi pranayama.

  • Sit on your favourite seating position Asana (Padma asana,Vajra asana or Sukh asana) in a well ventilated room free from any distractions. Keep the waist, back, neck and spine erect. For the beginners, you can sit on a chair or sit cross legged on the yoga…

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