“The body is like a piano, and happiness is like music. It is mandatory that the instrument be in good order to get sweet music” quoted Henry Ward Beecher. But what are we doing? During our youth we run behind wealth neglecting our health and later we run behind health spending all the wealth. Just give it a thought! Don’t you think spending half an hour daily for exercise is much better than spending your whole day in hospital later? This not only avoids a lot of health issues but enhances the overall quality of your life by making your mind more tranquil and composed. Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation are proven ways to find this calmness. Bhastrika Pranayama is one of the powerful Pranayama breathing technique that ensures healthy body and calm mind. This Bhastrika Pranayama benefits majorly in keeping the person physically and mentally strong if practiced regularly.
The word Bhastrika Pranayama in Sanskrit means breathing like a bellows. Bellows is a device with an air bag that emits the stream of air when squeezed together with two handles. This was used for blowing air into the fire (fan fire) in ancient days. In Bhastrika Pranayama since our lungs move very similar to bellows, this Pranayama technique is also called as ‘bellows breath’.
Bhastrika Pranayama or Bellows Breath is a traditional breathing exercise in yoga that helps to increase Prana or life force in your being. Basically Bhastrika Pranayama benefits in energising the body and clarifying the mind along with various other health benefits. The next time you feel lethargic, instead of reaching for a cup of tea, try this energetic Bhastrika Pranayama.
Bhastrika Pranayama Steps
Bhastrika Pranayama is all about inhaling and exhaling completely so that your body gets maximum amount of oxygen. Follow the steps given below to practice and you can later experience the Bhastrika Pranayama benefits with consistent practice.
- Sit in a comfortable posture. Sukhasana, Padmasana or Vajrasana are the ideal yoga postures to practice this pranayama. Place your hands on your knees.
- Feel relaxed. Focus on your breathing pattern and be relaxed. Keep your eyes closed.
- Take a deep breath, inhaling forcefully and fully through both the nostrils. Ensure that your lungs are full with air.
- Exhale with great force making hissing sound.
- Continue breathing while applying force while breathing in and breathing out.
- The inhale and exhale should take the same length, one can determine the speed and length keeping in mind your heath and endurance power.
- When you breathe in while performing, your abdominal should not blow up. Instead your chest area should blow up. Repeat the procedure for 5 to 10 times.
- Perform Bhastrika pranayama for 5 minutes every day.
Bhastrika Pranayama Benefits on Health
- Bhastrika Pranayama benefits in strengthening the Lungs and helps in curing Asthama, respiratory diseases, tonsil and thyroid.
- Increases warmth in the body and helps to prevent common cold
- Helps to keep negative thoughts away
- Boosts the supply of oxygen and purifies blood, performing pranayama in the early morning helps to obtain naturally glowing skin
- Regular practice of Bhastrika Pranayama benefits in balancing the three Doshas within our body, ensuring healthy mind and body.
- In general, regular practice of Bhastrika pranayama benefits from keeping you away from all diseases
- Women should not practice Bhastrika Prnayama during Pregnancy.
- Avoid practicing bellows breath on a full stomach, wait at least two hours after eating.
- Those who have high blood pressure, heart disease, seizures and panic disorder should not practice Bhastrika pranayama.
Note: Always seek the advice from the qualified yoga instructor discuss your health conditions before practicing the Bhastrika pranayama