Bhastrika in Sanskrit means bellows, as this practice is also known as bellow breath. In Bhastrika pranayama, the breathing pattern resembles the blowing of bellows – it’s all about inhaling and exhaling completely so that your body gets maximum amount of oxygen.
Here’s how it works:
- Be seated in comfortable seated posture, where you spine is long so that there are no obstruction to your lungs, ultimately allowing them to expand freely. Place your hands on your knees. Feel relaxed and begin to focus on your breathing.
- Breathe in by inhaling forcefully through both the nostrils. Make sure that your lungs are full with air. Once you inhale fully, exhale with great force making hissing sound.
- In Bhastrika pranayama one needs to apply force while breathing in and breathing out. You can determine how much speed to apply while inhaling and exhaling keeping in mind your heath and endurance power.
- When you breathe in while performing Bhastrika, your abdominal should not blow up. Instead your chest area should blow up. Repeat the procedure for 5 to 10 times.
- As you continue with your pranayama practice you may feel and notice your breath endurance to increase, allowing for a longer pranayama practice. Begin your practice for 5 minutes everyday and slowly increase time. Those who have high blood pressure or heart disease should not practice Bhastrika pranayama.
Benefits of Bhastrika pranayama:
- Helps rid the body on unwanted internal and external toxins
- Boosts the supply of oxygen and purifies the blood
- Helps to clear the mind, reduce stress and ultimately making room for positive thoughts
- Increases warmth in the body and helps to prevent common cold