Bhastrika Pranayama - The Dynamic and Energizing Breath!

Bhastrika Pranayama is a forceful breathing exercise that increases the flow of energy in the body. It rids the lungs of toxins and increases clarity of the mind. It is a vigorous breathing technique. The word Bhastrika means bellows, the kind used in a furnace. When we breathe in and out forcefully it is like the bellows used by blacksmiths. The technique is practiced as follows:

Sit cross-legged, or in half or full lotus. Close the eyes and connect the index finger and thumbs of both hands in Jnana Mudra. Take a deep and forceful inhale through the nose, then exhale forcefully and quickly through the nose. This is one round of Bhastrika. Complete 5 rounds, then practice Ujjayi Breathing for a few minutes. After a few minutes of resting, complete another 5 to 10 rounds of Bhastrika and then relax in Savasana for a few minutes to allow integration of this pranayama practice into your physiology.

Go easy when first starting Bhastrika. You may become light headed and dizzy if you overdo it. In time and with practice, you can increase the rounds. Always rest for a few moments afterwards, either in Savasana or just sitting quietly.

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