What it means if you breathe more from your left nostril (or the right one)

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We inhale through our nostrils; but if we observe mindfully one of the nostrils may be more active than the other one. How to figure it out? The rate and the ease of inhalation and exhalation can help you decide which of your nostrils is the active one.

While imbalance in any of the twin-like organs is never a good sign, a yoga health expert has given certain points that it says would reflect on our personalities, based on the dominance and repressive nature of the nostrils and suggests practicing yoga to maintain a balance between them.

As per an Instagram post, which goes by the name satvic.yoga, the activeness of the nostril can help determine which characteristics are dominant in an individual.

What does it say about the left nostril?

The post links the left nostril or the Ida Nadi to feminine nature, creativity, intuitive, restful, introverted, nurturing, receptive, sensitive, artistic and contemplative.

It says that an imbalanced left nostril can lead to passivity, self doubt and poor self control.

What does it say about the right nostril?

It links the right nostril, also known as the Pingala Nadi, to masculine nature, active, intellectualism, passionate, extrovert nature, logical thinking, assertiveness, straightforward, high energy and a good digestion.

It warns that an imbalance in the right nostril can lead to hyperactivity, stress and aggression.

So what does “imbalanced” actually mean? To an user’s question on “What do you mean by imbalanced left nostril? More breathing from left you mean?”, it replied, “blocked”.

Apart from this Yogic explanation, blockage in any of the nostrils ought to affect the mental peace of an individual.

When a person’s breathing is disturbed it will be difficult for him or her to carry on with regular activities.

It is therefore very essential to treat the breathing issues at the earliest.

“To lead a fulfilling life, both nostrils should be balanced. This would power our life force and allow us to use our wisdom while being active in the world.

Practice 10 minutes of Nadi Shodhan Pranayama, also called Anulom Vilom everyday and see the magic!,” the post recommends.