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Bhastrika pranayama and its benefits


Bhastrika Pranayama


When we do any physical exercise our body demands more oxygen, which signals the heart to pump faster, thus raising the heartbeat. But did you know that when you do Bhastrika Pranayama,  you pump even more quantity of oxygen even without the body not asking for it. Bhastrika Pranayama is the process of rapid inhalation and exhalation which gives a boost to the body and hence is aptly called the yogic breath of fire. So, the next time you feel like your body needs energy, try Bhastrika Pranayama instead.


Steps to do Bhastrika Pranayama

  • Sit in vajrasana or sukhasana (cross-legged position).

  • (Pranayama can be more effective in vajrasana as your spine is erect and the diaphragmatic movement is better.)

  • Makes a fist and fold your arms, placing them near your shoulders.

  • Inhale deeply, raise your hands straight up and open your fists.

  • Exhale slightly forcefully, bring your arms down next to your shoulders and close your fists.

  • Continue for 20 breaths.

  • Relax with palms on your thighs.

  • Take a few normal breaths.

  • Continue for two more rounds.


Benefits of Bhastrika Pranayama

  • Great for energizing the body and mind.

  • Since we maximize our lung capacity while doing it, the pranayama helps remove toxins and impurities.

  • It helps in the sinus, bronchitis, and other respiratory issues.

  • Improved awareness, perceptive power of senses.

  • It helps balance doshas.


Contraindications

  • Make sure you practice it on an empty stomach.

  • Pregnant women should avoid it..

  • Do it at your own pace. If you feel dizzy, increase the duration of the breaks.

  • If you suffer from hypertension and panic disorders, then do it under the supervision of a teacher.

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