Techniques of Bahaya Pranayama
After performing Kapal Bharti Pranayama for 15 minutes, we practice Bahaya Pranayama. In the beginning if you feel a little tired after Kapal Bharti, take a small break and then start with this.
To perform Bahaya Pranayama, take a deep breath. Then forcefully exhale it all out and hold your breath. Once the entire breath is out, touch your chin on your chest and contract your stomach in an attempt to touch your spine implementing ‘Bandh’ (a particular action involving pressure or strain on the muscles). Contracting stomach is known as Uddiyan Bandh. Along with this the area below the naval must also be contracted and is known as Mul Bandh. Now hold it for as long as you can and then gently let it out.
Caution – Baba Ramdev recommends that people with heart ailment and blood pressure must not undertake this. Those with cervical spondylosis* must not practice ‘Bandh’.
Bahaya Pranayama awakens the Muladhar Chakra and uses its energy to remove ailments like, diabetes, back pain, hernia, constipation and gases. This Pranayama is may also bring about an awakening of the Kundalini energy.
In conjunction with Bahaya Pranayama, you can also practice Agnisar Kriya. During the part where you hold your breath, contract and relax your stomach repeatedly but gently. Then release your breath. This is very effective for diabetes and in improving the functioning of Pancreas.
Just like Kapal Bharti Pranayama, one very important caution that must be followed is – expecting mothers and menstruating women must never practice Bahaya Pranayama.
Take a look at this clip to see how to perform it:
*Cervical Spondylosis, also known as neck arthritis, is a common, age-related condition that affects the joints and discs in your neck. It develops from wear and tear of the cartilage and bones found in your cervical spine, which is in your neck. While it’s largely due to age, it can be caused by other factors as well.