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    How to Bhastrika Pranayam: Bellows Breath

    1. Breathe in deeply through your nostrils. First, feel the diaphragm move down, allowing the lungs to expand and forcing the abdomen out; then feel your chest expand with your collar bones rising last.

    2. Breath out quickly through your nostrils. Feel the collar bones dropping, chest deflating, and abdomen shrinking as the lungs collapse. This process of exhaling should be much faster than the process of inhaling -- almost like a rapid deflation.

    3. Repeat the process. When correctly done, your chest will expand when you breathe in and deflate when you breathe out. Continue doing this for 5 minutes.

    4. With practice, speed up your breathing. Beginners should always start slowly to avoid hyperventilating, but over time, it will be possible to turn this into a rapid breathing technique.






    Bhastrika Pranayama in Yoga is said to be a type of breathing exercise. An individual practicing this pranayama will be filled with energy and power.

    Procedure : Sit in a comfortable Asana. Close your eyes. Breathe in through both the nostrils forcefully, till the lungs are full and diaphragm is stretched. Then breathe out forcefully.

    Duration : 2 mins atleast. 5 mins max. Benefits : heart, lungs, brain, depression, migraine, paralysis, neural system, aabha

    Detailed Procedure: Sit in a comfortable Asana. Close your eyes.Breathe in through both the nostrils forcefully, till the lungs are full and diaphragm is stretched. Then breathe out forcefully also, but see that the abdominal cavity does not blow up due to the air breathed in. Depending upon the capacity and health of an individual, this Pranayama can be done in three variable speeds viz. slow speed, moderate speed and at high speed. Individuals with weak lungs and heart should do this at a slow speed while performing Recak and Puraka A healthy individual and one used to doing it, should do it initially at a slow speed and then gradually increase the speed to moderate and then high. This Pranayama should be done for 5 to 10 minutes.

    Special Notes:
    Those suffering from high blood pressure or from any heart disease should not do this Pranayama.
    While breathing in the abdominal area should not blow up. You have to fill the air in the chest area, i.e. up to diaphragm, so that the part of the chest with its ribs swells.

    In summer season, reduce the number of repititions of this Pranayama.
    One must do this Pranayama for the duration of three to five minutes every day.

    Incase both the nostrils do not open on account of ailments like severe cough or sinus etc., for such persons they should first close the right nostril and do respiration (exhalation as well as inhalation) through the left nostril. Then the left nostril should be closed and respiration should be done by the right nostril. This method of alternate breathing should be continued at the desired speed viz. slow, moderate or fast, till both the nostrils open simultaneously. Then at the end Pranayama should be completed by doing Recak and Pruaka through both Ida and Pingala.

    While doing this Pranayama keep both the eyes closed and mentally chant the mantra "OM" throughout the exercise of Pranayama.

    Benefits:
    Diseases like cold, cough, allergy, asthma, respiratory diseases of all kinds, are cured. Lungs become strong and due to the heart and head getting adequate quantity of pure and fresh air, health is improved.
    Diseases of the throat like thyroid, tonsils and other ailments of throat are cured.

    At least 4 vigorous breaths.
    At least on release mildly and followed by lengthening relaxing breaths (Ujjayi).
    Holding of the breath after these relaxing breaths. (Kumbhaka).
    Performing back vigorous breaths after retention of inhalation for a measured period. And calming breaths.

    Benefits of Bhastrika Pranayama: *
    This stimulates the gastric organs or the Jathragni (digestive fire). Increasing appetite.
    It dissolves or releases toxins present in the body that are produced from the excess of air, bile and phlegm.

    Provides relief in various throat inflammations. * Raises the body temperature thus making the body warm.

    Provides relief in disorders of the nose, chest and even helps to eradicate asthma. * Purifies the Nadis.

    Extremely useful in oxygen deficiency disorders and muscular dystrophy.

    Brings and maintains a proper balance in the three doshas that are present in the body.

    Purification of blood and body is freed from toxins or foreign material.

    Stabilizes the Prana and produces calmness in mind.

    This stabilization of the Prana brings the calmness of the mind helping in the upward journey of Prana from the Muladhara Chakra (Sacral or Coccygeal Plexus) to the Sahashara Chakra (Brain).

    Helps to burn fat naturally promoting weight loss.

    Curing disease like Obesity and Arthritis.
    Last edited by sanjit; 04-24-2013 at 07:03 PM.

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