Bhastrika Pranayama : Bellows Breath

Nov 14, 2017
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Bhastrika Pranayama Demo

Bhastrika Pranayama or “bellows breath” is a traditional breathing exercise in yoga that helps to increase Prana or life force. It’s often used to energize the body and clear the mind.

How to practice:
-Sit on comfortably on cushion with tall spine.
-The bellows breath is a forceful inhale and a forceful exhale with pumping of the arms.  Inhale to reach the arms over head.  Exhale to strongly draw the elbows to the side ribs.
-Feel the contraction happen in belly/diaphram.  Keep your head, neck, shoulders, spine, and chest stable while your belly moves in and out.
-The face stays relaxed.

When to practice:
-First thing in the morning
-Mid-day slump
-When you’re feeling foggy

Contraindications:
-Being pregnant
-Uncontrolled high blood pressure
-Epilepsy
-Seizures
-Panic Disorders

*It's not recommended doing bhastrika within an hour after eating