Bhastrika Pranayama

Last updated: December 21, 2023

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

During These Times of Stress and Uncertainty Your Doshas May Be Unbalanced.

To help you bring attention to your doshas and to identify what your predominant dosha is, we created the following quiz.

Try not to stress over every question, but simply answer based off your intuition. After all, you know yourself better than anyone else.


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