Bhastrika Pranayama for Warmth
In Sanskrit Bhastrika means bellows. As a blacksmith blows his bellows rapidly, similarly you should move your breath rapidly. Therefore this pranayama is also known as bellows breath.
general guidelines for pranayama before starting this pranayama.
- Sit on your favourite Asana (Padma asana,
Vajra asana or
in a well ventilated room
free from any distractions. Keep the waist, back, neck and spine
erect. For the beginners, you can sit on a chair or sit cross
legged on the yoga mat/ carpet keeping your back, neck and spine
erect. Do not tax your body. Any time you feel discomfort, discontinue
and take rest.
Steps For Bhastrika Pranayama
- Inhale and exhale quickly twenty times like the bellows of the
blacksmith. While inhaling and exhaling a hissing sound is produced. You
should start with rapid expulsions of breath following one another in
- When the required number of expulsions, say ten for a round, is
finished, the final expulsion is followed by a deepest possible
- The breath is suspended as long as it could be done with comfort.
- Then deepest possible exhalation is done very slowly. The end of this deep exhalation completes one set of this pranayama.
- Rest a while after one set by taking a few normal breaths. Do three sets daily in the morning.
- Relieves inflammation of the throat, increases gastric fire, destroys phlegm, removes diseases of the nose.
- Cures asthma.
- It gives warmth to the body.
- It gives good appetite.
- Cures obesity and arthritis.
- This pranayama is prohibited for heart patients and people with high blood pressure.
- If you experience any giddiness, stop the practice, take rest and do normal breathing.
- This pranayama can be done both in the morning and evening in winter. In summer, do it in the morning only.