A powerful breathing technique which is most useful to generate heat in the body and most beneficial for people suffering from cold and Kapha(water dominated). This exercise is done through the chest and engages the lungs. Here, we forced both inhalation and exhalation whereas in Kapalbhati Pranayama only exhalation is forced. Bhastrika Pranayama is pronounced as bha-STRI-kaah prah-nah-YAH-mah. The ancient yogis called this breathing exercise as “the yoga breath of fire”. It helps to balance the three doshas in your body i.e. Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Bhastrika – Bellow | Pranayama – Breathing
As the name suggests, this breathing technique reflects breathing like a bellow. The other name of this pranayama is called bellow breathing.
Benefits of Bhastrika Pranayama
- It improves our blood circulation, immune system and keep us away for heart-related diseases
- Calms mind, relieves stress and provide relaxation to body and mind
- Improves your concentration and helps to stronger the lungs
- Relieves depression, anxiety, stress, and hypertension. Cures arthritis and obesity
- Helps in allergies, asthma, respiratory diseases, tonsil, thyroid and helpful for cold
Practitioners suffering from lung diseases, high blood pressure and heart problems should perform this practice slowly. If you have any medical concerns, talk with your doctor before practicing yoga.
Steps to do perfect Bhastrika Pranayama
- Sit comfortably in the Padmasana or Sukhasana pose with eyes closed.
- Take few deep breaths through both nostrils and fill the lungs with air and then exhale. You can hear a hissing sound while exhaling.
- Inhale deeply and exhale completely. Exhale is an excellent way to remove all the toxins you have accumulated from your body and inhalation helps to get fresh oxygen.
- Now, relax and repeat this procedure for 3-5 times.
This is an excellent breathing practice since we get the maximum amount of oxygen due to full inhalation and exhalation process during the practice. This can be done in a slow, medium or fast way as per your convenience. This should always be done towards the start of the practice or pranayama. It is beneficial when done during colder months since it generates heat in your body and helps to remove Kapha.
Enjoy this beautiful breathing technique and remove cold, cough from your body forever with regular practice.
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