Kapalbhati pranayama is the breathing exercise where more emphasis is given on Exhalation through nose. For performing this Pranayama we have to exhale forcefully through our nose and let the inhalation happen through the nose happen naturally without our effort. The number of Exhale should outnumber the inhale.

Though there are so many health benefits, It could be contradictory for people with some health condition, so it is advisable to consult a teacher before performing.

Nadi Shodhana

Nadi and Shodhana are sanskrit words meaning ‘flow’ and ‘purification’ respectively. Hence, Nadi Shodhana means purification of the flow. Nadi Shodhana is also commonly known as Alternate nostril breathing.

Nadi Shodhana is performed by inhaling with one nostril while blocking the other side by pressing with a finger and exhaling with the other one.

It can be done basically by everyone. It activates the parasympathetic nervous system and also enhances respiratory functions thus reducing stress level, which is almost important in today’s modern world


Bhastrika Pranayama involves forced inhalation and exhalation through the nose so that the body gets sufficient oxygen. Bhastrika is a Sanskrit word meaning bellows, thus Bhastrika pranayama means bellow breathing. It involves powerful and rapid inhaling and exhaling through nose along with movement. Inhaling positivities and exhaling negativities. Kapalbhati is a simple form of Bhastrika.

Should not be performed by anyone suffering from heart disease.


Shital means refreshing, Shitali pranayama means cooling or refreshing of breath. It helps to cool the body and mind, Shitali Pranayama is performed by deep inhaling through the mouth while the mouth is wide open and exhaling through the nose. Since it cools the body, care must be taken while performing it in a cold place.

In case you have any health condition, it is advisable to seek the advice of a teacher before performing.


This method is similar to Sheetali pranayama. Here instead of rolling the tongue, lightly cling the teeth together keeping the tip of tongue touching to upper palate. Inhaling through the teeth exhale through the nose softly.
A very good practice for high blood pressure. Since the practice is calming and cooling it helps in maintaining the temper. It also soothes the thirst and hunger


In this , making a humming sound of a bee creates resonance throughout the body, maximum on the face and crown of head.
By placing the thumb or index finger into the ear, the inhalation is done through the nose and while exhaling the humming sound of the bee is done. It can be gradually improvised by slowly increasing the volume and lengthening the exhalation.
A very good practice for the people suffering from insomnia and neuro-muscular injuries.
It is also helpful in reducing anxiety