Surya Bhedi Pranayama

Sit in any comfortable meditative asana. Keep the spine and head erect and place the hands on the knees. Keeping the left hand on the knee, raise the right hand placing the thumb on the right nostril and middle and third finger on the left nostril. Close the left nostril and inhale deeply through the right nostril. Close both nostrils, retain the breath and perform jalandhara and mool bandha. Maintain it for a comfortable period of time. Release mool bandha, then jalandhara. Exhale through the right nostril by keeping the left nostril closed with the middle finger and third finger (ring finger). This is one round. Repeat the same process up to 10 rounds. Try to increase the length of retention over a few weeks.

This pranayama activates pingale nadi and generates heat in the body. It is therefore a good cure for cold and cough.

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