Bhastrika Pranayama is the breathing exercise in yoga. This pranayama also is known as Bellows Breath. This technique promotes physical and mental health. This is s heating breathing technique that generates the heat with the steady flow of air.
Bhastrika is a Sanskrit word that means “bellows” that active the filling and the emptying the abdomen and lungs while practicing. Sometimes this is treated as Kriya or Cleansing.
Bhastrika Pranayama benefits
One of the best benefits of this exercise is, refreshing the mind. The circulation in the body is stimulated. This improves the blood flow to the head and improves the eyesight and hearing. This gives the strength to the lungs.
This is the balancing process of three doshas – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
This purifies the respiratory system very quickly and deeply. This stimulates the digestive system and improves metabolism. This help in balancing the Vata, Pitta (when gently practiced), and Kapha. This burns the toxins in the body.
This cleans and rejuvenates the lungs. With the help of this, blood gets fulfill with oxygen in the body. This also affects solar plexus and Manipura Chakra.
How to do Bhastrika Pranayama
Step1- Sit in any comfortable pose, keeping the spine straight and close the eyes.
Step2- Now take long and deep inhale and fill your lungs with air. (It should take 3 to 4 second while inhaling).
Step3- Slowly exhale and make your lungs empty. (It should take 3 to 4 second while exhaling).
Step4- Force your nostrils to breath slow and deep. You will start feeling hot in your nostrils.
Step-5 Now repeat the same. When you feel comfortable, increase the numbers of the round.
This pranayam should not practice if you are suffering from a fever. This is an advanced breathing technique, therefore, it requires some similarity with abdominal breathing. This must be followed by Kapalbhati Pranayama. Before the start, this pranayama keeps your stomach empty and practice anulom vilom and other pranayamas. Increasing the numbers of rounds only after the long practice. This should not be practiced by pregnant or menstruating women.
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