Bhastrika Pranayama

Last Updated: April 18, 2016

Definition - What does Bhastrika Pranayama mean?

Bhastrika pranayama is one of the conscious breathing techniques of yoga. Bhastrika is a Sanskrit term meaning "bellows." This Hatha yoga breathing technique promotes physical and mental health.

To enter the pose, begin in padmasana or any comfortable seated position with the spine erect. The eyes are closed. Inhale and exhale forcefully 10 times. Take a break for 15 to 20 seconds and repeat for another 10 times. Breathe normally after completing three sets of bhastrika breaths.

Bhastrika pranayama is called bellows breath in English.

Yogapedia explains Bhastrika Pranayama

The physical benefits of bhastrika pranayama include:

  • Balances the three doshas: vata, pitta and kapha
  • Promotes blood circulation
  • Strengthens the respiratory system and treats respiratory conditions
  • Purifies the blood and aids in detoxification
  • Improves digestion
  • Reduces fat
  • Boosts immunity

The mental health benefits of practicing bhastrika pranayama are:

  • Calms the mind
  • Improves focus
  • Rejuvenates the mind
  • Improves memory
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