Viloma Pranayama – 7 Benefits and Contraindications

What is Viloma Pranayama

This pranayama is practiced in three stages and each stage can take 3–4 weeks to perfect.

Each stage is more subtle than the preceding one, and requires a greater level of awareness.

Viloma means “against the natural course” in Sanskrit, because in this pranayama you have to hold your breath for two seconds during each breathing cycle.

Benefits of Viloma Pranayama

  1. Brings lightness to the body and serenity to the mind
  2. Regulates blood pressure
  3. Reduces eye strain and headaches
  4. Relieves symptoms of colds, coughs, and tonsillitis
  5. Helps treat menorrhagia and metrorrhagia
  6. Reduces mood swings and Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) related headaches
  7. Helps treat the symptoms of menopause

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Do not practice if you have a severe backache, constipation, or diarrhea.
  • If you feel out of breath or fatigued, finish the cycle you are on, take a few normal breaths, then resume your practice.
  • Swallow your saliva only after a complete exhalation.
  • Always stop before you reach your limit.
  • Beginners should not practice more than 6 cycles.

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