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Other Names

Nadi-Sodhna, Nadi shodhan, Nadi Purifying


This is one of the fundamental types of Pranayam. However, while describing the other eight types of Kumbhakas. But this has been described independently under a Nadi shuddhi procedure known as " Samanu ". It is necessary to have Nadi Shuddhi before performing Pranayam.

How to do

  • Place the right hand in Vishnu Mudra (forefinger and middle finger bent towards the palm; thumb, ring, and pinkie in the air).
  • To do one round: close off right nostril with the thumb and inhale into the left nostril; close left nostril with ring and pinkie fingers, open the right nostril and exhale through the right, then inhale into the right nostril; close the right nostril, open the left, and exhale through the left nostril.
  • Continue, doing 5-20 rounds.


    This type of Pranayam creates positive and negative air pressures in the lungs and the stomach cavity. This also causes good effects on the internal organs.


  • The effect of the strain and pressure caused by the asanas reaches the internal organs only after considerable practice. However, pranayam affects the internal organs directly.
  • To face the effects, the internal organs should have the required capability. This capability is generated through the right practice of asanas. Hence, it is advisable to practice pranayam only after a proper study of asanas for a considerable time period.

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