Bhastrika Pranayam

Know the methods and benefits of Bhastrika Pranayam
Bhastrika Pranayam
The meaning of the Sanskrit word Bhastrika is Bellows, thus the Bhastrika Pranayama is called the bellows breath. This form of breathing increases the flow of air into the body to produce inner heat at the physical and subtle level.

Detailed Procedure
  • Sit in a comfortable Asana. Keep the body, neck and head erect. Close the mouth. Put your hands on the knees and relax.
  • Breathe in through both the nostrils forcefully, till the lungs are full and the diaphragm is stretched.
  • Then breathe out forcefully also, but see that the abdominal cavity does not blow up due to the air breathed in. When you practise this Pranayama a hissing sound is produced.
Benefits of Bhastrika Pranayama:
  • Relieves inflammation of the throat.
  • Pores of Sushumna nerve are opened by Bhastrika.
  • It boosts our metabolic rate so our body burns fat faster and promotes natural weight loss.
  • Removes diseases of the nose and chest and eradicates asthma etc.
  • It gives good appetite.
  • It breaks and dissolve the tumors.
  • It removes all diseases which arise from excess of wind, bile and phlegm.
  • It gives warmth to the body.
  • Purifies the Nadis (Nadis are the channels of mind) considerably. If the nadis are impure then Yogi achieves nothing, nor can he reach the state of deep concentration.
  • Very much useful in Muscular Dystrophy and Oxygen deficiency disorders.
  • It generates heat in your body and opens up the energy pathways.
  • It expands and fortifies our nervous system.
Special Notes
  • Depending upon the capacity and health of an individual, this Pranayama can be done in three variable speed (slow speed, moderate speed and high speed).
  • Those suffering from high blood pressure or from any heart disease should not do this Pranayama.
  • In summer season, reduce the number of repititions of this Pranayama.
  • One must do this Pranayama for the duration of three to five minutes every day.
  • Anyone suffering from High blood pressure should not practice this breathing.
  • Person with poor lungs capacity should not attempt Bellows breath.
  • If you are suffering from hernia avoid this pranayama.
  • If you feel dizzy or nauseous you should slow down the pace of bhastrika pranayama or stop entirely and return to normal breathing.
  • If you suffer from vertigo, you should use caution in practicing this breathing exercise.