Principles Of Breath In Ayurveda

OMTimes Magazine|December D 2016

Principles Of Breath In Ayurveda

The Importance of Breath Techniques and Body Chemistry


The movement of energy from one hemisphere to the other occurs simultaneously with the changes of breath from one nostril to the other. When the right nostril dominates, the left hemisphere dominates. When the left nostril dominates, so does the right hemisphere. As both nostrils operate, both hemispheres operate in unison.

The simple act of changing the breath from one nostril to the other reverses brain hemisphere dominance; thus, altering chemical reactions taking place throughout the organism. Willful control of the pattern of breath enables conscious control of body chemistry.

Emotional States, Body Energy, and Breath Pattern

Human emotional states are the product of body chemistry. Changing the breath pattern changes body chemistry, and thus affects a change in the emotional state. Disease states are the product of body chemistry, and thus breath manipulation affects the prevention of disease if done at the onset of symptoms.

Knowledge and practice of the principles of breath science enable one to control his state of consciousness and prevent disease states.

Synchronizing the Nostrils (Swar Yoga):

Knowledge of the play of breath in the nostrils forms the basis of the ancient discipline of Swar Yoga (literally, “unification through breath”), heretofore virtually unknown even in its native India.

The founders and developers of this science observed the play of breath and the resulting changes in body state and consciousness. What follows are their most significant and useful findings, information with which anyone can synchronize his own inner rhythms with those of the cosmos:

Helpful Findings on Using Individual Nostrils

A) One does not breathe through both nostrils simultaneously except for very brief periods during the day.

B) When one nostril is dominant, the other is recessive.


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December D 2016