How to do the Bhastrika Pranayam — a deep breathing technique

How to do the Bhastrika Pranayam - a deep breathing technique

The Bhastrika Pranayama

The Bhastrika Pranayama is a deep breathing technique that nourishes your lungs and heart and activates the cells in these vital organs.

Doing this Pranayama gives clears your breathing tract right from your nostrils through your windpipe up to your lungs.

But the most important benefit of doing this Pranayama is that it gives you inner peace of mind.


Step 1

Sit cross-legged on the mat. If you can sit in the Padmasana Lotus Pose or Sukhasana Easy Pose that would be ideal. But if you cannot, then you may simply sit cross-legged in a way that you find comfortable.

Step 2

Make your spine erect and place your head squarely on your shoulders

Step 3

Move your arms forward and place your palms on your thighs. Open your palms and touch the tip of your thumb to the tip of your index finger.

Step 4

Make your mind free of thoughts by concentrating on any single benign thought. Or if your mind still wanders then concentrate on your inhalation and exhalation. This will help you to keep your mind away from the normal wandering from one thought to another.

Step 5

Take a deep, long, and deliberately slow breath. A wheezing sound is created when you breathe this way.

Step 6

Hold the inhaled air within your lungs for some time. Raise one arm and place your index finger on one nostril.

Step 7

Exhale forcefully from the pit of your abdomen, raising your diaphragm, drawing your stomach as inside as you can. Your stomach should fall back to your back, pushing up the diaphragm and throwing the inhaled air out of your lungs. While forcefully breathing out this way force all the air out of your lungs at one go through a robust and long exhalation. The sound that is created is like that of a bellow or the snort of a bull.

Step 8

Repeat this process and breathe out from the other nostril while holding the first nostril closed.

You will Need
• A yoga mat
• A Clean airy place to do this exercise

Tips & Warnings
• Those who suffer from sore throat, asthma, bronchitis or any other heart or lung related ailment should consult their doctor and yoga therapist before proceeding to do this exercise.


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