Bhastrika pranayama – Benefits, Steps and precautions
In Bhastrika pranayama, the breathing pattern resembles the blowing of bellows. Following are the health benefits of performing Bhastrika pranayama.
Helps to throw out toxins and cures illnesses of respiratory track
Boosts the supply of oxygen and purifies blood
Helps to keep negative thoughts away
Increases warmth in the body and helps to prevent common cold
Regular practice of Bhastrika pranayama keeps you away from all diseases
Regular practice of pranayama purifies blood and enhances oxygen flow. Performing pranayama in the early morning helps to obtain naturally glowing skin. The secret to ageless skin is pranayama.
How to perform:
Be seated in comfortable posture. Padmasana (crossed leg) and Vajrasana are the ideal yoga postures to practice pranayama. Place your hands on your knees. Feel relaxed. Focus on your breathing pattern and be relaxed.
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 pranayama, your abdominal should not blow up. Instead your chest area should blow up. Repeat the procedure for 5 to 10 times.
You have successfully completed Bhastrika pranayama. One should perform Bhastrika pranayama for 5 minutes everyday. Those who have high blood pressure or heart disease should not practice Bhastrika pranayama.
Bhastrika Pranayama should be practiced under supervision of a Yoga expert.
If you experience any giddiness stop the practice and take a few normal breaths. Continue the practice after the giddiness has vanished. If again you are feeling giddy; you should stop practicing Bhastrika and practice more with Kapalbhati and Ujjayi for few more days. Then you should try again.
Do not practice Bhastrika Pranayama during Pregnancy. It may cause prolapse of abdominal organs or uterus while the breasts may sag, High Blood Pressure, Lung, Heart, eye and ear problems
Bhastrika Pranayama should not be practiced by a fellow who is suffering from Vertigo or hernia