The Sanskrit word Bhastrika means ‘Bellows'(An animal with a deep loud breath as roar). Thus, Bhastrika Pranayama also known as the “Bellows Breath”, as the air is drawn forcefully in and out of the lungs like the bellows of a village blacksmith. The bellows increase the flow of air into the fire, producing more heat. Similarly, Bhastrika pranayama increases the flow of air into the body to produce inner heat at both the physical and subtle levels, Stoking the inner fire of mind and body.
Pranayama means the control of ultimate vital energy called Prana in our human body. Know more about Pranayama here Pranayama- The Ultimate Life’s Source
Our breath is a powerful tool to balance the whole body and its function as the only energy flowing inside the body is the force of ‘Prana’. Bhastrika is a dynamic practice and requiring a large expenditure of physical energy.
To bring the massive energy and positivity in your life Bhastrika should be performed regularly. It the most recommended and most useful kriya in yog vidya.
How to practice Bhastrika Pranayama?
- Sit in a comfortable meditation posture with the hands resting on the knees in either chin or jnana mudra.
- Keep the head and spine straight, close the eyes and relax the whole body.
- Take a Deep breath in and out forcefully through the nose. Immediately afterward breathe in with the same force. Forceful inhalation results from fully expanding the abdominal muscles and forceful exhalation from firm contraction of the abdominal muscles. Do not strain.
- During inhalation, the diaphragm descends and the abdomen moves outward.
- During Exhalation, the diaphragm descends moves upward and the abdomen moves inward.
- The movement should be slightly exaggerated.
- Continue in this manner, counting a minimum of 10 breaths.
- Take a deep breath in and out slowly to normal the breathing. Repeat this 5 times.
- This practice burns up toxins and helps to remove them from the body.
- Balance all the Dosha: Kapha, Vata, and Pitta.
- It is very useful for women during Labour and after a few months of proper preparation.
- Rapid exchange of Air helps to release toxins and supply a massive amount of oxygen to the body.
- This stimulates metabolic rate, producing heat in the body and helps to flush out waste from the body. Helps so much in Constipation.
- Massage the digestive organs and helps them intoning.
- Helps in inflammation and reduce the symptoms.
- Strengthen the nervous system, gives peace to the mind and release tension.
- Helps in Various medical conditions like Gastric problems, Weakness of muscles, PCOS, Diabetes, Constipation, Depression, Migraine, Kidney Stones and Asthma.
- Bhastrika requires a large expenditure of physical energy. Should not be practiced forcefully by a person who is weak (Do it slowly but, mindfully).
- If you are tired practice slowly.
- Beginners should take the rest in between each round.
- Avoid violent respiration, facial contortions and excessive shaking of the body.
- A feeling faintness, excessive perspiration or vomiting indicates that the practice is being performed incorrectly.
- If discomfort occurs, the advice of a competent teacher should be sought.
- Bhastrika should not be practiced by people with High blood pressure, Heart disease, Hernia, Gastric ulcer, Stroke, Epilepsy, Retinal problems, Glaucoma or Vertigo.
- The elderly, those suffering from a lung disease such as Asthma, recovering from Tuberculosis and first trimester of pregnancy are recommended to practice only in the presence of a guide or yoga teacher.
Hare Krishna ❤