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dominate right or left nostril breathing

justwannabe2010-07-04 20:32:55 +0000 #1
A friend of mine supposedly charted her dominate nostril, once every 90 minutes, for 3 days and says the majority of the time it was left nostril dominate. She also had a thing she put in her nose for the last 15+ years that keeps her nose a little more pointy, she puts that in the left nostril. our nostril should be switching. Have any of you heard of this and any breathign practices to get this more regular?

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Nichole2010-07-04 20:49:02 +0000 #2
I am understanding this correctly? Your friend puts something IN her nose to keep her nose pointy? Is this an appearance objective or medically necessary? I am really curious about this.

Our dominate nostril does naturally switch throughout the day. This depends on the time of date (doshic time) and what is presenting for us on every kosha. Maybe other influences too; I am not sure. Heating activities: anger, digestion, and any type of threat will likely go toward right domination. An example of this will be after consuming a meal, our right nostril will dominate and the exhale will also actually be hotter than that of the left.

Another thing I was taught is that the left is in relationship with Ida and right with Pingala.

I haven't been taught any pranayama techniques that one would or should use to regulate this revolving domination. I can't think of why this would be a problem or a symptom of a larger problem, other than perhaps a symptom of low agni bhuti if after a meal you were not right dominate and heated.

Namaste,
justwannabe2010-07-04 21:19:16 +0000 #3
yes, it is a cosmetic thing, she never really thought about it before on how it could affect breathing
Bentinho Massaro2010-07-04 21:12:35 +0000 #4
It differs per individual, but supposedly, the most balanced switch is the 90 minute switch. For a Yogi however, this is just the beginning as the goal is to breath through both nostrils all the time.

Nichole was right, the opening of the left nostril relates to the activity of Ida, and the opening of the right nostril relates to Pingala being the sominant flow at that time. You will notice, as you become more aware of this process, that during the times that you are breathing through the right nostril (Indicating Pingala's activity) you are more pro-active in your attitude and energy.

When you are breathing through your left nostril (indicating Ida's activity) you are actually more passive and relaxed, less in the mood of action and too much mental activity.

Meditation works well in these times (ida, left), if your body is not too tired that is. When Pingala is more active (right nostril) meditation can be chaotic and your mind can be busy, but if controlled, this time is perfectly suitable for meditation on performing change. Meditation on Intention and creating new processes and such.

Balancing both is the first step to a safe, willed (intented), Kundalini awakening.

Once they are both open at the same time, balanced properly for a longer period of time, the energetic, vital system becomes clean and the muladhara will open the sushumna channel which will allow the regular prana, previously only flowing through either pingala or Ida, to flow into the centred energy channel (sushumna) as well. This awakening is a pre-stage of a full kundalini awakening and is often mistaken for a true kundalini awakening, because the signs are alike. This awakening is called the Sushumna Awakening and prepares your entire system for the full power of the Kundalini.

But yes, for people busy and lost with their normal activities, the most balanced shift is that of approximately 90 minutes.

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