• Dr. Tejal

Bhastrika Pranayam

Bhastrika means bellows. A bellows is a device for forcing air in a concentrated way usually to help a fire burn. In Bhastrika pranayama the air is exhaled and inhaled fast and forcefully. Energy is drawn from the Manipur or Navel Chakra during exhalation. This creates a sound similar to the bellows when they are used. A series of forceful expulsions is done, one following the other in quick succession. There is neither a full or empty pause. Beginners had better limit a round to about 5 expulsions.

This Pranayam should not be practiced by people who are pregnant or have high blood pressure.

Benefits of Bhastrika Pranayam

  1. Relieves inflammation of the throat

  2. Increases gastric fire

  3. Removes diseases of the nose and chest such as cold, cough, asthma and other respiratory diseases

  4. It gives good appetite

  5. It removes all diseases which arise of wind, bile and phlegm

  6. It gives warmth to the body

  7. Very much useful in Muscular Dystrophy and Oxygen deficiency disorders.

  8. This Pranayam brings a proper balance of the three Doshas i.e. Vata, Pitta and Kapha

Procedure

  1. Sit in a comfortable crossed leg posture, sukhasana  and keep your back straight.

  2. Feel relaxed, just focus on the breathing pattern

  3. Inhale forcefully through your both nostrils till your lungs are filled with air. After the full breath-in, exhale with a great force that is, you should hear a hissing sound

  4. The force with which you exhale and inhale are very important in the practise of Bhastrika pranayama, so make sure you apply the maximum force and speed based on your ability

  5. In Bhastrika pranayama, while you inhale your chest area should blow up instead of your abdominal area

  6. One cycle of Bhastrika pranayama include a forceful inhaling and a forceful exhaling. Repeat the cycle for five to ten times.

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