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Another name of Nadisodhan is Anulom Vilom Pranayama. The main feature of this Pranayama is that it is done by stopping or without stopping the respiratory breathing from the right and left nasal cavities. (How to Do Nadishodhan Pranayam (Anulom Vilom)?)

Importance of Nadishodhan Pranayam (Anulom Vilom)

How to Do Nadishodhan Pranayam (Anulom Vilom)?
  • Anulom Vilom Pranayama balances our Ingala and Pingala Nadi.
  • Eda means our left nostril and Pingala means our right nostril.
  • Eda means left vowel ie Lunar vowel and Lunar vowel means cold vowel.
  • Pingala pulse means Daya Swara i.e. Surya Swar and Surya Swar means Hot Swara.
  • There is another pulse which balances these two. And that pulse is the Sushumna pulse.

What is Purak, Kumbhak and Rechak?

How to Do Nadishodhan Pranayam (Anulom Vilom)?
  • Breathing is called Puraka. That is to take the breath inside the body.
  • Exhaling is called Rechak. Rechak means Exhale.
  • And stopping breathing is called Kumbhak. That is, when you take the breath inside the body and hold the breath inside the body for some time, it is called Kumbhak.
    • There are two types of Kumbhak. (1) External Kumbhak (2) Internal Kumbhak
      • First, take Breathing, and then when it is released outside and then stop it outside. It is called external Kumbhak.
      • And when the breath is stopped inside the body by taking it in, it is called internal Kumbhak.

How to do NadiShodhan Pranayam (Anulom Vilom Pranayam)?

How to Do Nadishodhan Pranayam (Anulom Vilom)?
  • To perform Nadisodhan Pranayama, first of all, sit in Sukhasana, which is a meditative posture.
  • Apart from Sukhasana, Nadisodhan can also be done in other meditative postures such as Padmasana, Swastikasana, and Vajrasana.
  • Those who are unable to sit on the ground, they can practice it by sitting on the chair.
  • While sitting in Sukhasana, make sure that your spine is straight.
  • Head elevated, both palms on knees, and eyes closed.
  • You can use the wall to keep the spine straight.
  • Now take some deep breaths and bring the body to rest.
  • Before starting the practice of Nadisodhan pranayama, let’s first identify the fingers.
  • Finger’s name is Thumb(Angutha), Index (Tarjani), Middle(Madhyama), Ring(Anamika), Little finger(Kanishtha).
  • Now, to bring your left palm in meditation posture, now touch your thumb and index finger together and give it the shape of a circle. And keep your Middle finger, Ring finger, and Kanishka finger open.
  • Now, to bring the right palm into the nasal posture, tie the middle finger and index finger with a twist. And keep the thumb, ring finger, and little finger open.
  • Now place the thumb of your right palm which is in nasal posture on your right nostril and close the nasal hole. And breathe in from the left nostril.
  • Then the left nostril is closed with the ring finger and junior finger. And open the right nostril and exhale.
  • Now inhale through your right nostril and closed it with your thumb and open the left nostril and release the breath.
  • This is a cycle of Nadisodhan Pranayama (Anulom Vilom Pranayama), repeat five such cycles.
  • Initially, it will take equal time to breathe in and out, but you should practice releasing the breath slowly.
  • And we should try, as much time as we take to breathe. It took double the time to exhale.
  • Keep the breath slow, steady, and in a controlled ratio.
  • Whenever you open the eyes by doing pranayama, do not open the eyes directly, first, rub the hands together and then place them on the eyes and then slowly open the eyes.

Benefits of NadiShodhan Pranayam

  • Generally, The main purpose of the Naadisodhan Pranayama is to nourish the entire body by purifying all the energy-consuming channels in the body.
  • Generally, It is very beneficial for heart patients.
  • Nadisodhan Pranayama removes the phlegm related disorders.
  • Regularly practicing Nadisodhan Pranayama increases vitality and also concentration.
  • And also provides peace by reducing stress and anxiety levels.


Pranayam watch
  • Generally, Do Nadisodhan Pranayama on an empty stomach 2 or 3 times a day.
  • Do Pranayam before eating food or after eating food. But remember one thing do Pranayam 5 to 6 hours after eating food.
  • For this first time, you should do 21 times for the first time. And after that, if you feel that it is getting better then increase the quantity.


Asthma patient
  • Those who have a heart-related problem should not do Nadisodhan Pranayam part Kumbhak.
  • And Generally, those who have asthma, they should not do Nadisodhan Pranayama part Kumbhak.

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