Bhastrika Pranayam – Bellow’s Breath

By | August 7, 2016
Bellow is called as “Bhastrika” in Sanskrit. Inhale and exhale forcefully like a bellow of the blacksmith. There is some diversity about this pranayam.

How to Do Bhastrika Pranayam – Bellow’s Breath

  • Sit in “Padmansan” (Lotus Posture) or “Siddhasan” (Perfect Posture).
  • Keep your back and neck straight and start from “Rechak” (to exhale).
  • Do “Purak” (to inhale) and “Rechak” (to exhale) actively and quickly with efforts – start from 1O stroke.
  • Then gradually increase the stroke and reach up to 120 strokes per minute. You can also reach up to the 200 stroke. But it comes after a great study.
  • Begin with 10 to 25 strokes only.
  • In the other method, close the right nostril with the thumb of right nostril. Inhale vigorously from the left nostril then do “Kumbhak” by “Jalandharbandh” exhale through left nostril. This is called a one round.
  • It is called “Bhastrika” (Bellow Breath) pranayam.
  • Do the same with the other nostril.
  • In the third method, close any one nostril and do “Purak” (to inhale) and “Rechak” (to exhale) fastly.
  • Then with the same nostril, stop the breath and exhale through the other nostril.
  • Next time do the whole process with the alternate nostrils means if you have started with left.
  • Now, do it with right. Do fastly “Purak” (to inhale) and “Rechak” (to exhale) with right nostril.
  • Then inhale through the right nostril then do “Kumbhak”. Exhale through the other nostril.
  • The 4th method is somewhat tricky, quick.
  • In the beginning, it will not be done. Make the “Pranavmudra” of right hand.
  • Close the right nostril with the thumb and exhale through left nostril. Immediately close the left nostril. Just like “Kapalbhati”, from the right nostril somewhat inhalation will be done as we are closing the left one. Don’t do any try to inhale.
  • Similarly, every time fastly exhalation will be done through left side and inhalation will be done through right side.
  • After some strokes, inhale through left side. Do “Kumbhak”.
  • Exhale through right side. Now, inhale through right side itself.
  • Do “Kumbhak” and exhale through left side.
  • This is called as a one round through left side.
  • Do similarly with right side also.

Benefits of Bhastrika Pranayam

  • – Only this “Pranayam” there is a (strong) rubbing in inhalation of exhalation. Not in any other type.
  • As the blacksmith light the fire with the help of bellow, by this pranayam, the ‘yogin’ light the fire from the umbilical and gain achievement in the yoga.
  • This pranayam is very useful in the awakening of “Kundilini”. By this pranayam, there is a strong effect on the “Kundilini” and it helps to awake the Kundilini. In the “Sadhana” (self-discipline and arduous efforts for the attainment of God or self-realization), this “Pranayam” is very important.
  • By this “Pranayam” disorders of “vat”, “pitta” and “cough” are removed.
  • The appetite is increased and digestion is also improved.
  • There occurs the purification of five senses (sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch) and five motor organs (hands, feet, speech organs, excretory organs and generative organs).
  • Diseases of common cold, coughing, throat etc. are cured.
  • It is very beneficial in diabetes.
  • Removal of excessive fats in the body occurs.
  • Beneficial for kidney and liver diseases.
  • People having the problem of constipation, should drink 3-5 glass of water before sun-rise and practice this “Pranayam”. Their constipation is removed.
  • It is the best for respiratory disorders, asthma.
  • It improves the vision of the eye.
  • It increases the brightness of skin. Brightness in the body increases.
  • Negative thoughts are removed.
  • Insomnia is removed.

Cautions while performing Bhastrika Pranayam

  • Do not practice the T.B. patients. People having high blood pressure or heart diseases should take advice of the knowledgeable faculty of yoga.

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