Observe your breathing..some thoughts

29 June 2016

Daaji recently wrote an update on Huffington Post on this vital topic of breathing… This blog post below was inspired from an informal conversation with him.

The article on huff post is very insightful and actionable… Check it out

I came across an interesting article by Dr. K.S. Balasubramanian recently. He is a trainer in Meditation and a Scholar of Sanskrit. The article is based on Surya and Chandra Nadis. Here is a link.

Last week, a few of us were having a conversation with Shri. Kamlesh D Patel. In the audience were several members from the Research Initiative at the Heartfulness Institute. It was a nice evening and we had just finished a group meditation.


After a few minutes when the room cleared, Kamleshji was asked some questions about the relationship between physical well being and meditation. As the informal chat progressed the topic went to breathing.

Kamleshji touched upon the need to do detailed research on the relationship between the Naadi’s and the Parasympathetic and Sympathetic Nervous system. He said that the organs related to the Sympathetic System seem to be related to the Surya Naadi. Similarly Chandra Naadi is related to the Parasympathetic system.

Sharing an observation , Kamleshji said, “Usually during the day time, we breathe from the right nostril which corresponds to Surya Naadi. In the night we breathe from the left nostril which is the Chandra Naadi.Try it”

A few of us in the room tried it. It was fascinating to observe the breathing pattern with this background knowledge.

Continuing the chat further Kamleshji said “Sometime, I would see people  check their breathing when they woke up in the morning. If they were breathing from the left nostril, they would infer that something is off with their health”.

It would be great if you could share any research or observations on this topic. For me it was quite a revelation that we actually breathe from only one nostril most of the time…