Surya Anuloma Viloma Pranayama

Surya Anuloma Viloma Pranayama

The ability to recall is linked with most of the higher brain functions which places man at the top of the evolutionary scale. For example , perceptions is a complex ability , which first of all involves receiving sensory information.

However much more than that is needed for perception since it involves the significance of that sensory information , and for this we often draw upon the stored facts from our memory.

This is because of our ability to link what we see with a visual picture stored in our memory. This asana faciliates the functioning of the right brain , thereby helping us to easily remember shapes, pictures etc



  •  Adopt Nasika mudra with your right hand
  • Close the left nostril with the little and ring fingers of Nasika Mudra
  • Inhale and exhale slowly through the right nostril (Surya nadi) only.
  • Keep the left nostril closed all the time during the practice.
  • Once cycle of inhalation and exhalation forms one round.
  • Practice nine rounds. 
  • Time taken for exhalation should be longer than inhalation
  • Patients of depression may practice 27 rounds of this pranayama before breakfast, lunch, dinner and before sleep.(four times a day)
  • If facilitates the functioning of the right brain (creative,intutive) much more than the left brain (logical, analytical) thereby helping in remember shapes , pictures , routes etc better
  • It helps in weight reduction by increasing the rate of energy expenditure in the body
  • Persons with hypertension or anxiety neurosis should not perform this asana. 
"This is a collected article from Sri Swami Vivekananda Yoga research Foundation . Simple yoga books are available at the institute. Our sincere thanks to Dr R Nagarathna and Dr H R Nagendra for sharing the details."