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Bhastrika Pranayama | Bellows Breath

Boost your energy with practice powerful 5 minutes bellows breath.

Bhastrika Pranayama is one of Breathing Technique to clear the airways in preparation for other pranayama techniques. Bhastrika involves a rapid and forceful process of inhalation and exhalation powered by the movement of the diaphragm.

The Sanskrit word “bhastrika” means “bellows” mostly used by blacksmiths to melt metal. Like the bellows fan the fire similarly Bhastrika Pranayama surges the flow of air into the body to produce heat at both the physical and subtle level–stoking the inner fire of mind and body. This pranayama when done regularly removes blockages from the nose and chest. It is suitable for asthmatic patients and removes inflammation of the throat. Bhastrika increases the gastric fire. Pranayama improves appetite and digestion capacity. Bhastrika, when practised with Kumbhaka Pranayama, can generate heat in the body and keep it warm in rainy and cold weather.

Steps to do Bhastrika

  • Pranayama Sit in vajrasana or sukhasana (cross-legged position).

  • Makes a fist and fold your arms, placing them near your shoulders.

  • Inhale deeply, raise your hands straight up and open your fists.

  • Exhale slightly forcefully, bring your arms down next to your shoulders and close your fists.

  • Continue for 20 breaths as beginning, after you've done more regularly you can increasing like to 50

  • Relax with palms on your thighs.

  • Take a few normal breaths.

  • Continue for two more rounds.

Benefits of Bhastrika Pranayama

  • Great for energizing the body and mind.

  • Since we maximize our lung capacity while doing it, the pranayama helps remove toxins and impurities.

  • It helps in the sinus, bronchitis, and other respiratory issues.

  • Improved awareness, perceptive power of senses.

  • It helps balance doshas.

  • Drains excess phlegm from the lungs.

  • Strengthens and tones the abdominal region

  • Oxygenates the blood increasing the vitality of all the organs and tissues


Make sure you practice it on an empty stomach.

Pregnant women should avoid it.

Do it at your own pace.

If you feel dizzy, increase the duration of the breaks.

If you suffer from hypertension and panic disorders, then do it under the supervision of a teacher.

the next time you feel like your body needs energy, try Bhastrika Pranayama instead.

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