About Bhastrika Pranayama
This Pranayam infuses energy and power in the body and is also known as the Bellows Breath. Like all other breathing exercise, this also helps in vigorously pumping fresh air in the body such that every nook and cranny in our body is filled with fresh air. This way our body’s metabolic system is invigorated and the excess fat and toxins are released out of the body. Imagine a body that is devoid of any form of excess. Wouldn’t we all want it?
During Bhastrika Pranayama exercise air is forcefully exhaled and inhaled, through the Manipura Chakra that is the naval center which creates a bellow like sound and hence the name Bellows Breath. This rapid taking in and taking out of breath is the most characteristic feature of Bhastrika Pranayama.
Bhastrika Pranayama Procedure
To perform this sit in a comfortable position (preferably Padmasana), keep your body, neck and head erect. Keeping your mouth closed, breathe in and out rapidly for about 10 minutes such that you take out a hissing sound. The expulsions of breath should be rapid and every 10th expulsion should be followed by a deep inhalation. You will be able to suspend your breath for a long time comfortably and then you should exhale deeply and slowly. This routine completes one cycle of Bhastrika Pranayama. Relax for a bit by breathing regularly. Then repeat the cycle two or three times. Since this entire routine happens quickly and requires a charged up momentum, it is natural that one will sweat a lot and feel giddy. Therefore it is important that you take rest in between so that your body does not get too tired. Breathing should be full enough so that the lungs are full and the diaphragm is stretched to the maximum.
Bhastrika Pranayama Benefits
As is evident this Pranayama rids the body of all negative toxins, energizes our system and also increases our appetite. It is also known to cure throat infections, asthma, obesity, arthritis and muscular dystrophy. It calms our mind and has a very positive influence on our thinking.
This should be strictly avoided by people with heart ailments and those with high blood pressure. During summers this is best practiced only in the morning when it is comparatively cooler, however during winters people are advised to perform this during the mornings and evenings. Also you have to make sure that the abdominal area does not swell up with air when you are performing this Pranayama. Air should only fill the lungs and stretch the diaphragm