Right Nostril More Active? 11 Auspicious Things To Do

Whether you are breathing mostly through the right nostril, the left nostril, or both at the same time, and together with what that means for the body, is the area of concern of Swara yoga which helps to understand the breath and the influence it has on the body. Different swaras lead to different actions.

For example: I wanted to make this post about the left nostril, but because my right nostril is flowing right now, which produces a more aggressive energy, I found myself almost un-consciously typing the word RIGHT.  I could not believe it! So I checked to see what was happening in my nose, and guess what nostril is more active?  Indeed, you guessed right, it is the right one.

Most of the time respiration happens through only one nostril.

Although it may appear that breathing happens through both simultaneous it is never so.  We change in cycles of 60 to 90 minutes.  Check it out and find out for yourself.  For example, which one is more active right now?

Check! What nostril is more active now?

When the left nostril flows mental energy is predominant and pranic energy is weak. Also the left nostril activates the right side of the brain.

When the right nostril flows the pranic forces are stronger and the mental part is weak. The left side of the brain is activated. When they are both working the spiritual energy has power, which is the spiritual action and the purpose of every yogi to activate.

The left nostril is connected to the ida network of nadis (flow/nerves), the right nostril to pingala and both to shuhumna.


  1. Physical activity and hard work
  2. Eating, evacuating the bowels
  3. Risky and heroic feats, and challenging ventures
  4. Shatkarma, kunyal rkiya (stomach washing by drinking and vomiting salty water)
  5. Intellectual study, mathematics
  6. Buying, selling, commerce
  7. Travel
  8. Presenting in public, addressing an audience
  9. Opposition, resistance, debating
  10. Riding horse bikes, or motor cycles, or adrenaline expelling ventures
  11. For men to attract women

Swami Muktibodhananada observed monks in training at the Bihar School of yoga as they practiced swara practice for six months.  He recorded the following observations of things that happened in the ashram depending on what “swara” was more active.  Here are a few of them, see the book for more

  • Generally pingala flowed from 10 to 1030. In the ashram that is the specified time for lunch because the digestive power reaches a peak
  • When one swara predominates for more than three consecutive days, some type of mental, physical or emotional crisis arises.
  • A constant flow of ida for more than three days coincides with some respiratory problem such as blocked nose, cold or constipation
  • The onset of menstruation is characterized by the constant flow of one nadi, usually sushumna, sometimes ida, rarely pingala. On the second day ida flows to a greater extent and by the third day the swara alterations become more balanced.
  • Bowel movements are facilitated by the flow of pingala and the movement occurs more often during the onset of pingala. When ida is flowing the motion is less free, sometimes even causing constipation.
  • The weather tends to influence the flow of the nadis. During heavy rains and cold winds, ida beings to flow; During hot winds, pingala can start to flow constantly. Balanced weather patterns coincide with balanced swara cycle

There is more, quite a bit more, in this book:

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The book advises keeping a journal of different times of the day (say start with morning, noon, afternoon and evening) to check how your own patterns are carried out and what actions result from them.

Is Your LEFT Nostril More Active? 11 Auspicious Things To Do

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5 Responses to Right Nostril More Active? 11 Auspicious Things To Do

  1. Efrain June 20, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    Interesting post o.O

  2. Priscilla P. Wood June 20, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    Thank you!!

  3. Violeta June 26, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    This is very interesting. I noticed for a long while now that my nostrils weren't both functioning at the same capacity all the time. I had no idea I can use that to my advantage. I'll start a journal, see if something interesting comes out.

  4. ClaudiaYoga June 26, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    Hi Violeta, a journal is a wonderful idea, I've been thinking about it myself and keep forgetting, but I want to start it as soon as I gather my energy… hope you get lots of discoveries!

  5. Violeta June 26, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

    I hope I'll be able to stick to it long enough to have some good material to write about. I'll publish it on my blog, then we can comment on it.