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Bhastrika Pranayama (Bellow's Breath)

Updated: Aug 20, 2021

Bhastrika Pranayama is an energizing technique.

Bhastrika means a bellows used in a furnace.

The air is forcibly drawn in and out as in a blacksmith's bellows.


  • According to Gheranda Samhita, it removes the imbalance of vata, pitta, kapha and disease thereof. It increases gastric fire in the body.

  • Stimulates the metabolic rate.

  • Produces heat inside the body and eliminates wastes and toxins.

  • Balances and strengthens the nervous system.

  • Brings peace and tranquility.

  • Good technique in preparation for meditation.


Should not be practiced (or very slowly - ask your teacher 😊) by those suffering from:

  • Heart disease.

  • High blood pressure.

  • Hernia/gastric ulcer/acidity.

  • Epilepsy.

  • Stroke.

  • Vertigo.

  • Avoid during the pregnancy / menstruation.

  • Excessive restlessness or very sort-tempered nature.

  • Constipation (Very good but should before practice Rectum/bowel should be cleaned properly).


  1. Sit in padmasana or any comfortable meditative asana.

  2. Relax yourself with 5 to 7 belly breathings.

  3. Then, make adi mudra by both hands.

  4. Bhastrika always starts will a forceful inhalation. So, first exhale deeply.

  5. Now, forcefully inhale deeply to the nose, forcefully exhale deeply through the nose.

  6. Repeat the same thing again and again. Your inhalation and exhalation should be in a rhythm.

  7. After completing the round, release the mudra and relax for few breaths.


5 to 7 up to 30 breaths in one round.

Repeat it 3 to 7 rounds according to your capacity.


Practice with the guidance of a teacher.

Hari om!!!

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