Suryabhedi Pranayam-For diseases such as Hiccups, Arthritis, Asthma, Parkinson’s, Memory loss, Stroke, Paralysis, Anxiety, cold hands and feet and Negative Emotions,

sunriseSuryabhedi pranayam has been praised in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika as the pranayam that cleanses the skull, destroys wind related diseases and removes worms (microorganisms like bacteria and viruses).  Diseases such as hiccups, arthritis, asthma, Parkinson’s, memory loss, stroke, paralysis, anxiety, depression, cold hands and feet and negative emotions, nervousness, fear, anger, suspicion, jealousy etc are attributed to an imbalance in vayu (wind) element.

Close your left nostril by applying gentle but firm pressure on the left side of your nose with the help of the little and ring fingerof your right hand.  Inhale steadily through the right nadi (right nostril)  then slowly exhale through the left nadi (left nostril) while closing your right nostril with your thumb. Repeat several times.  Another variation is to hold the breath per capacity upon inhalation through right nostril, followed by exhalation through the left nostril.

According to the Gherand Samhita, practicing Suryabheda pranayam helps awaken Kundalini energy and destroys feebleness and death.


Suryabehdi pranayam increases heat in the body; hence one should avoid doing too much in the summer time.

Foods that bring warmth to the body should be consumed if one is afflicted with an imbalanced wind element.  Hence consuming foods that are inherently and temperature warm/moderately hot can help restore balance in people with wind/vata imbalance related disorders. Examples: Hot cereals, warm teas, warm milk, nuts, honey, sweet fruits, ginger, cloves, peppers, sesame oils, almond oils, olive oils.  Self massage with these oils is also highly beneficial.


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