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Bhastrika Pranayama | Yoga For Liver

Meditative - Jul - 2019 691 views
Bhastrika Pranayama Yoga step by step

What Is Bhastrika Pranayama ?

Bhastrika means a bellows used in a furnace. Here the air is forcibly drawn in and out as in a blacksmith's bellows. Hence the name. The technique is given in two stages here.Bhastrika Pranayama Pranayama details provided to you by YogaIQ.


Step By Step Bhastrika Pranayama Yoga

1. Sit in any comfortable position like Padmasana (Step 1), Siddhasana (Step 2) or Virasana (Step 3).


2. Keep the back erect and rigid. Lower the head to the trunk. Rest the chin in the notch between the collar-bones just above the breast-bone. (This is the Jalandhara Bandha.)


3. Take a fast, vigorous breath and exhale fast and forcefully. One inhalation and one exhalation completes a cycle of Bhastrika. The sound made resembles air rushing through bellows.


4. Complete at a stretch 10 to 12 cycles. Then take a slow deep breath as in Ujjayi. Retain the breath with Mula Bandha for 2 to 3 seconds, then exhale slowly and deeply as in Ujjayi.


5. This Ujjayi type of breathing rests the lungs and the diaphragm and prepares them for fresh cycles of Bhastrika.


6. Repeat the cycles of Bhastrika three to four times with Ujjayi breathing in between.


7. If the sound of the air lessens, and the vigour diminishes, then reduce their number.


8. After completion lie down in Savasana. (Step 4)


Stage 2
1. Sit in any comfortable position like Padmasana (Step 1), Siddhasana (Step 2) or Virasana (Step 3).


2. Keep the back erect and rigid. Lower the head to the trunk. Rest the chin in the notch between the collar-bones just above the breast-bone. (This is the Jalandhara Bandha.)


3. Adjust the thumb and finger pressure on the nostrils as explained in the technique of Siirya Bhedana.


4. Close the left nostril completely but keep the right nostril partially open.


5. Inhale and exhale vigorously only through the right nostril for 10 to 12 cycles of Bhastrika as in Stage 1 above.


6. Close the right nostril. Open the left nostril partially and repeat Bhastrika for an equal number of cycles.



7. Release the fingers from the nostrils.


8. Take a few deep breaths as in Ujjayi.


9. Repeat the cycles on both sides three or four times, doing Ujjayi in between.


10. After completion lie down in Savasana. (Step 4)


Benefit Of Bhastrika Pranayama Yoga

Bhastrika Pranayama activate and invigorate the liver, spleen, pancreas and abdominal muscles. Thus digestion is improved, the sinuses are drained, the eyes feel cool and one has a general sense of exhilaration. Bhastrika Pranayama is Yoga For Liver.