Bhastrika Pranayama is passionately referred as ‘The Yogic Breath of Fire’. Bhastrika translates to ‘bellows’ and Bhastrika Pranayama is a deep breathing exercise which makes use of forceful breaths through inhalations and exhalations. The technique has been hailed by many for its miraculous healing properties and benefits, with Yoga gurus proving it can cure Parkinson’s disease, paralysis, migraine headaches, and even depression.
Benefits of Bhastrika Pranayama
To know the benefits, one needs to understand how the breathing exercise works:
Air fills up the lungs up to the diaphragm through forceful inhalations and exhalations, just like bellows. CultFit recommends doing Bhastrika Pranayama for 2-5 mins daily for optimal results.Some of the many touted benefits of Bhastrika Pranayama include:
• Improved blood circulation throughout the body
• Calmness and stillness of the mind
• Heightened focus and mental acuity
• Strengthened Lungs
• Is a cure for obesity and arthritis
• Eliminates anxiety, panic attacks, and depression
• Cures infections in the throat
• Relieves migraines
• Cures neurological and gastric problems
How Does It Help The Body?
Bhastrika Pranayama impacts the body in profound ways, most remarkably with its internal cleansing benefits. By taking a vow during Bhastrika Pranayama sessions, the mind is purified of toxic thoughts and cleansed of negativity. Spiritualists will find Bhastrika Pranayama to benefit their spiritual journey as this technique even assists with the awakening of the Kundalini.
It also stabilizes the Prana which is vital life energy and maintains the balance of the three Doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha). Besides harmonizing the chakras, the Pranayama purifies the blood, Nadis, and imbues warmth in the body. Bhastrika Pranayama also dissolves tumours and is known to be an effective treatment for those who experience Muscular Dystrophy, and Oxygen deficiency disorders.
How To Do It?
1. Sit in Padmasana on the floor or on a chair, if you can’t sit on the floor.
2. Begin by closing your mouth and inhaling forcefully through your nose followed by exhales in counts of 10. Like the bellows of a blacksmith, you will hear hissing sounds when performing rapid inhalations preceded by rapid expulsions of your breath.
3. Once you complete 10 rounds of inhales and exhales, proceed with the deepest inhale which and hold it for a few moments. End this with a deep and slow exhalation, and now you have a complete Bhastrika Pranayama session.
Dizziness and fatigue are common symptoms in those who are practising Bhastrika Pranayama for the very first time. If that’s the case, take a break and continue after a while. During the summers, do not practice the pranayama for any more than 2 minutes a day and for those who are experienced may stretch the practice for a maximum of 5 minutes a day.
Bhastrika Pranayama induces controlled hyperventilation and increases oxygen levels in the blood. Beginners must practice this exercise slowly as they need to allow their body to adapt to this exercise before taking it a step further. This pranayama should not be practised by those with high blood pressure levels or those who are pregnant.
It has been stated and proven since ancient times that those who practice Bhastrika Pranayama never suffer from any diseases and come to life with vibrant health and well-being. Besides promoting spiritual and emotional stability, Bhastrika Pranayama is a must-do routine for Yoga practitioners. Get more information on Bhastrika Pranayama.
Practicing under the guidance of an expert mentor will teach you the nuances of its techniques and proper breath control, which is why we recommend the CultFit classes for those who want to learn this technique and how to go about doing it.