Surya bheda Pranayama (vitality stimulating breath)
- Assume a comfortable meditation asana with the head and spine straight.
- Place the hands on the knees in either chin or jnana mudra.
- Close the eyes and relax the whole body.
- When the body is comfortable, still and relaxed, watch the breath for a few minutes untill it spontanously becomes slow and deep.
- Adopt nasagra mudra (See nadi shodhana pranayama).
- Close the left nostril with the right finger and inhale slowly and deeply through the right nostril.
- At the end of inhalation close both the nostrils, remain the breath and perform jalandhara bandha.
- Maintain for just a few seconds when first practisizing this pranayama.
- Release moola bandha and thenjalandharabandha.
- When the head is upright once more, exhale slowly through the right nostril by keeping the left nostril closed with the ring finger.
- This is one round.
On the breath and mechanics of the practice.
When first practising surya bheda pranayama, 10 rounds are sufficient. Over time, however, as the practice becomes comfortable and easy, the duration may be increased to 10 to 15 minutes.
This practice creats heart in the body and counteracts imbalances of the vata dosha or wind elements. It stimulates and awakens the pranic energy by activating pingala nadi.