Thursday, December 5, 2013

Anulom Vilom Pranayama: The Panacea

‘Anulom’ is a Sanskrit word, meaning ‘alternate’. Anulom Vilom is one of the best breathing exercise which not only brings improvement in the breathing style but also makes the brain function better. Read this article to know everything related to Anulom Vilom.

Alternate breathing technique, Anulom Vilom Pranayama

Place for Anulom Vilom

Anulom Vilom should be practiced at a open, peaceful and green environment. It can also be practiced in peaceful and clean room where there is flow of fresh and healthy oxygen. 

Best time to practice it is early morning along with an empty stomach. Anulom Vilom can also be practiced later after having food, but there should be a gap of 5 hours between meal & practice. 

How To Do

  1. Wear loose and comfortable cloth and sit on the floor on a yoga mat.
  2. Sit straight with spinal cord perfectly straight. 
  3. Close right nasal with right hand thumb. Inhale slowly with the left nasal, till the lungs are completely filled with oxygen. This is known as Puraka. 
  4. Close left nasal with ring and middle fingers, opening the right nasal. Exhale slowly till the lungs are completely empty. This is known as Rechaka. 
  5. The process of ‘inhale via left nostril and exhale via right’ is “one cycle”. 
  6. Then ‘inhale through right nostril and exhale through left’ is the “second cycle” and so on.

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It is believed that while doing this form of pranayama, the mantra ‘OM’ should be mentally repeated. It is very helpful for meditation and also unites the body with spiritual strength.


In the beginning, Anulom Vilom should be practiced daily for 3 minutes. Later,it can be practiced for 15-20 minutes per day. If possible, it can be practiced twice a day i.e. in the early morning and evening. 

Health Benefits

Anulom Vilom is very effective against high blood pressure, paralysis, heart blockage, migraine, asthma, bent ligaments, depression, vat-cuf-pit, sinual fluid reduced, sinus, parkinson, arthritis, allergy and cartilage. 


  • Should be avoided by women during pregnancy 
  • People with severe heart problems should not practice Anulom Vilom with excessive force

Anulom Vilom calms the mind, balances left and right hemispheres of brain, regulates clear thinking power and soothes anxiety. It enhances inner strength as well as the divine powers. Its practitioner experiences a life full of happiness and optimism.

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