Bhastrika Bhastrika (Bellows Breathe) : Benefits, Method, Precautions, Modifications

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(Bellows Breath)
Bhastrika is a pranayama practiced to enhance your respiratory system. It is a balancing technique that will balance your Vata, pitta, and Kapha dosha. Bhastrika is a technique of breathing. It involves the process of exhaling and inhaling. Bhastrika is often called a breath of fire as it balances the heat in our body.
Practicing Bhastrika will help you to relieve your physical or mental exhaustion. This pose requires powerful inhalation and exhalation which makes an audible sound. A complete process of inhaling and exhaling is counted as one set. Bhastrika increases metabolism and improves digestion which may result in weight loss. Bhastrika is not just pranayama but it is a way to a healthy lifestyle. We can detoxify our bodies by practicing this pose. This pose has many other hidden benefits. It will clear your skin and improve the texture of your skin. Bhastrika is mentioned in hatha yoga pradeepika. This is one of the eight pranayamas mentioned in pradipika. It is one of the most important yogic postures. This pose will help an individual to get mental clarity. You can practice this pose if you want mental clarity. It produces heat in the body and stimulates the digestive fires. Unlike other pranayama, Bhastrika never rises or lowers the body temperature rather it will maintain the temperature of your body. Bhastrika will help you to balance your doshas. 3 types of doshas are defined in Ayurveda. Each dosha has its qualities. It is important to manage your doshas to improve your lifestyle and to get a good lifestyle.

This is the first technique of Bhastrika pranayama. There are various ways to practice this pose. This technique will balance heat in your body.
Step 1: Sit on the floor in the meditation position or as you feel comfortable.
Step 2: take a deep breath, Hold, and exhale. This is a very simple process of inhalation and exhalation. You have to inhale and exhale slowly. The process of inhaling and exhaling will give you an audible sound of your breath.
Step 3: repeat the pranayama at least 10 times.
 This is the second technique for practicing Bhastrika. This technique will increase the heat of your body and warm your body.
Step 1: sit on the floor in the meditating position same as in the first technique.
Step 2: inhale and exhale fastly. In this step, you have to inhale and exhale fastly as we do in kapalbhati pranayam. Do not force yourself in this process.
Step 4: Repeat the process as long as you can.
Precaution: Props and modification: