How to do, Precautions & Benefits of Bhastrika Pranayama

In this blog you will get to know about Bhastrika Pranayama (Bellows Breath); how to do it, its precautions, the benefits of Bhastrika Pranayama, and more!

There are various ways to do Bhastrika Pranayama (Bellows Breath), but today in this blog we will only talk about the type of Bellows Breath that includes the hand movement.

The reason behind why we have chosen this type of Bhastrika Pranayama (Bellows Breath) is because this type not only includes regulation of breath but also the movement of the body and when our breath and body works together our mind stays calm, thus after doing Bellows Breath, our mind feels more calmer and relaxed and beside this there are lots of other benefits of it too!

Bhastrika Pranayama
Bhastrika Pranayama

Brief Introduction

Bhastrika Pranayama (Bellows Breath) is one of the best pranayama that can instantly remove all the thoughts from your mind and making it relaxed and calm. Also, it cleans, stimulates, and remove toxins and impurities from the respiratory system in our body, thus doing slow breathing pranayama after bhastrika benefits us more.

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Pronunciation

In order to pronounce Bhastrika Pranayama, trying saying (bha-st-RI-ka praa-nuh-yaa-muh)

Meaning

In Bhastrika Pranayama, Bhastrika is a Sanskrit word that means bellows; therefore this pranayama is also known as Bellows Breath, and Pranayama means the practice of breath regulation.

Difficulty

Talking about the difficulty, Bellows Breath is a Beginner friendly yogic practice.

Step-By-Step Instructions

How to do Bhastrika Pranayama (Bellows Breath)

Step 1

For Bhastrika Pranayama (Bellows Breath), sit in any comfortable position you like, but make sure to keep your spine straight. You can also seat on a chair to support your back if you want. You can either keep your eyes close or open.

Step 2

Bend your elbow and make a fist near your shoulders.

Step 3

Now inhale deeply, as you inhale raise your hands up and open up your fists.

Step 4

Now exhale applying a little forcefully, as you exhale bring your hands down near your shoulders and make a fist again.

Step 5

Repeat this for at least 20 times i.e. 1 round. Now relax for some time then again continue. You can do this for a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 3 rounds.

Benefits

Benefits of Bhastrika Pranayama are as follow –

  • Makes the mind calm and relaxed
  • Increases the lungs capacity
  • Stimulates and remove toxins and impurities from the respiratory system
  • Helps in asthma, sinus, and other respiratory problems
  • Energizes the body and mind

Contraindication

Bhastrika Pranayama (Bellows Breath) should be avoided if you have any kind of serious respiratory problem or high blood pressure or hernia or have gone through any recent surgery. Also, this pranayama should not be practiced during pregnancy or if you have menstrual periods.

If you have any one of these problems then consider consulting a doctor or practice under the supervision of an experienced Yoga teacher.

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Precautions

If you have any kind of hand pain while doing Bellows Breath then instead of raising your hands up you can move it back as shown in the image below or just keep your hands on your knees and do not practice this pranayama with your hands involved.

Bhastrika Pranayama
Bhastrika Pranayama

Beginner’s Tip

Fast breathing exercises like Bellows Breath do not have many benefits compared to slow breathing pranayama like Bhramari and Udgeeth Pranayama. So as a beginner, you can practice 1 round to Bellows Breath followed by slow breathing exercises for better results.

What After Bhastrika Pranayama

The best practices after Bhastrika Pranayama can be some slow breathing pranayama like Bhramari and Udgeeth Pranayama for best results.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

How to pronounce Bhastrika Pranayama?

In order to pronounce Bhastrika Pranayama, trying saying (bha-st-RI-ka praa-nuh-yaa-muh)

What does Bhastrika Pranayama means?

In Bhastrika Pranayama, Bhastrika is a Sanskrit word that means bellows; therefore this pranayama is also known as Bellows Breath, and Pranayama means the practice of breath regulation.

What are the benefits of Bellows Pranayama?

The benefits of Bellows Breath are as follow –
1. Makes the mind calm and relaxed
2. Increases the lungs capacity
3. Stimulates and remove toxins and impurities from the respiratory system
4. Helps in asthma, sinus, and other respiratory problems
5. Energizes the body and mind

What After Bellows Breath?

The best practices after Bellows Breath can be some slow breathing pranayama like Bhramari and Udgeeth Pranayama for best results.

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