Solar (Right) and Lunar (Left) Breath – 4

Balanced breathe are of 2 types…

First category is when the breath flows balanced in both the nostrils. This typically happens during dawn and dusk which is when the consciousness switches over based on daily rhythm. Elders prohibit us from doing any worldly activities when the breath flows equally through both the nostrils, this spells disaster. We notice some gurus tell people to balance the breath in both nostrils throughout the day which not right.

The second category of balanced breath is there is no noticeable breathe at all because of deep meditative state. Now breathe is stationed in Ajna chakra or the eyebrow point. During this stage the sub-conscious mind is active and any thought / act during this stage becomes energized and powerful. It is recommended to maintain this state during our worldly life too which is easier said than done.

As per Sage Agasthiyar in his “Saranool Sastram” he says the following activities can be done when the left breath is active:

  • Wear new clothes, Jewels, giving employment, construction of wells and ponds, marriage, buy houses or take possession / occupy new house.
  • Selling things, interface with government officials, meditation, learn arts etc.
  • If you are travelling South or west direction then a lunar breath is good.

As per Sage Agasthiyar in his “Saranool Sastram”, he says the following activities can be done when the right breath is active:

  • Teaching, fighting, agriculture, any heavy work, taking medication, sleeping, taking bath etc.
  • If you are travelling East or North direction then a solar breath is good.

In short as per our understanding, all physical activities in worldly life should be performed when the right nostril is active. If you have poor appetite, feeling very cold because of weather try switching over to right nostril. A male’s magnetism increases with right nostril breathing and the female’s magnetism increases with her left nostril breathing. Equal breath through both nostrils and left nostril based breathing is recommended only for meditative purposes. Please note some who do Pranayamam during Sandyavandanam, do only left nostril based breathing. This is a very special breathing technique.

When you sleep in the night it is preferable to sleep turning to your left. Though we don’t have any control after we slept, but consciously training ourselves helps us with healthy life.This not only helps digestion but also is the best breath management possible while sleeping.

So to sum up, we saw that we are endowed with a natural breath count and also we have seen 2 important types of breath in our 3 nadis. It is told that the right side / solar breathing is very critical for healthy and long life and we have many examples of yogis and rishis living for many many years using these techniques. The choice is left to us if we want to accept and benefit from these techniques or not. Next week, we will look at what is the breathing rhythm which nature has endowed us and how should we manage this.


Know thy Nature by Raguram Gopalan,

Author: Ganesh

A soul in the search of eternal peace... "Be True, Love All, Help Others Selflessly, Live in Harmony and Rest in Peace"

7 thoughts on “Solar (Right) and Lunar (Left) Breath – 4”

    1. Very good question, Julianne! Here is what I learned more on exploring more about this…

      Exhaling through the mouth can be beneficial in that it allows for a greater volume of air to be released at once and may help your jaw to relax. We all do this naturally when we are exasperated, tired, or weary. However, in most instances, it’s preferable to breathe through your nose. There are several reasons for this.

      Importance of Breathing through the Nose

        The first rule for correct breathing is that we should breathe through the nose which its primary function. Nadis are manipulated and purified with pranayama (e.g. nadi sodhan or nadi suddhi, breathing through one or the other nostril, or alternating).

        This may seem obvious, but many people breathe principally through the mouth. The main reason why it’s not good to breathe through the mouth is that nadis (the energy channels) become weaker.

        Mouth breathing can adversely affect the development of the Thyroid Gland, and can retard the mental development of children.

        Pathogens can also enter the lungs through mouth breathing that makes it impossible to be healthy. It is easy to break the habit of breathing through the mouth. Just keep your mouth closed and you will automatically breathe through your nose.

        The nose has various defense mechanisms to prevent impurities and excessively cold air entering the body.

        At the entrance to the nose, a screen of hairs traps dust, tiny insects and other particles that may injure the lungs if you breathe through the mouth.

        After the entrance of the nose, there is a long winding passage lined with mucus membranes, where excessively cool air is warmed and very fine dust particles that escaped the hair screen are caught.

        In the inner nose are glands which fight off any bacilli which have slipped through the other defenses. The inner nose also contains the olfactory organ-our sense of smell. This detects any poisonous gases around that may injure our health.

        The Yogis believe that the olfactory organ has another function: the absorption of Prana from the air.

        If you breathe through the mouth all the time, as many people do, you are cheating yourself of all this free energy (Prana).

        The Yogis say this is a major factor in lowered resistance to disease and impairs the functioning of your vital glands and nervous system.

      Another important factor we need to consider while doing breath manipulation, is the relationship of doshas, namely vata (air+ether), pitta (fire+water) and kapha (earth+water) with prana flow. Antar kumbhaka( holding breath inside ) generally increases pitta in the cerebro spinal system. Bahir kumbaka ( holding breath outside) generally increases vata (air+ether). Breathing in though the mouth increases kapha (earth+water). Breathing out through the mouth increases pitta (fire+water) in the navel. Pingala nadi flow is connected with pitta, Ida is connected with kapha and sushumna is connected with vata. One needs to consider the current dosha imbalances in the body before attempting on a prana/breath manipulation technique.

      The Ancient Yogis knew the importance of correct breathing and developed techniques not only to increase Health and life span, but also to attain super conscious states. 🙂


      1. Wow, thanks for so much info! 🙂 (I already knew the physiological reasons for breathing through the nose.) I am surprised that many breathe only through the mouth always! I only do so when running because my nose often gets too moist or stuffs up, 🙂 but maybe it’s also because breathing out thru the mouth increases Pitta, so more energy for running?
        I am mostly Vata too, so maybe increasing Kapha helps to keep me grounded when I run. I had been told by an Ayurvedic practitioner that running was not good for Vata types, but I told him that for me it was a very grounding form of moving meditation.
        Do you know of any Yogis (ancient or not) who ran as moving mediation?


        1. Wonderful! My simple suggestion is listen to your Self for guidance. No one else know your body and its needs better than you.

          To give better clarity for all, Pranayama is ideally the practice of maintaining the flow of prana in sushumna and gradually reducing the vibrating amplitude of the pranic pulse that is generated from the head downwards, and keep the pranic force silent at it’s origin/resting place by gradual silencing of the unconscious intentions and ‘will to act’. 🙂


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