Bhastrika Pranayama is inhaling fresh air and exhaling slowly to fill up our lungs with fresh oxygen to feel energetic and fit. ‘Bhastrika’is a Sanskrit word meaning – the Bellows. A bellow is a tool with air bags to blow air, by pressing 2 handles provided, to make a fire; usually they are used by blacksmiths. So this respiration exercise blows air in and out of our body. You fill in your body with fresh oxygen till diaphragm, and exhale slowly. Chanting of ‘Om’ improves the effectiveness of this Pranayam. All the Pranayams must be done on empty stomach preferably early in the morning.
How to practice Bhastrika Pranayam
- Sit erect on a yoga mat on the floor, in an open place with lots of fresh air.
- Close your eyes.
- Keep your hands, palms face down over your knees.
- Now, take a deep breath with full force, and fill your lungs with oxygen till your diaphragm is bloated.
- Next exhale with a force you can handle, take precaution you do not exert your abdominal cavity.
- Bhastrika Pranayam can be practised with High Speed, Moderate Speed and Low Speed. Beginners better start with slow speed.
Benefits of practicing Bhastrika Pranayama
- This breathing technique, clams your ‘prana’(life) and the lungs expand and become strong.
- Our vital organs get fresh air / Oxygen.
- You can get relief from all respiratory disorders.
- Throat problems get solved. The most prevalent problem in children of developing tonsillitis gets cured with Bhastrika pranayama.
- The 3 Doshas viz. Vata, Pitta, and Kapha get balanced when you do this pranayam regularly.
- Bhastrika Pranayama helps purify Blood in our system.
Precautions to be taken while practicing Bhastrika Pranayam
- Take care when you inhale, do not blow up your abdominal area, just expand your lungs.
- If you are suffering from High Blood Pressure or any Heart disease then do not do this pranayam.
Bhastrika pranayama is one of the basic breathing pranayama after which you can move to more complex pranayama like Bahya Pranayama. Here is how to do Bahya Pranayama.