Techniques of Bhastrika Pranayama
Bhastrika Pranayama is the first of seven. We usually wake up at half past 5 O’clock in the morning to start our day with Yoga. After washing our faces we consume a glass full of water and start. As we mentioned in our previous post, the entire yogic kriya, as detailed by Baba Ramdev, involves half an hour of ‘Pranayama’, starting with Bhastrika Pranayama and another half an hour of ‘Asanas‘.
To start, we sit in Siddhasana and extend our hands over our knees in Dhyana Mudra making sure that our back is in upright posture. To perform the actual Bhatrika Pranayama, take a deep breath and slowly breathe out. It’s important to inhale into your lungs only. Make sure not to blow up your stomach while inhaling. Again, take a deep long breath into your lungs and slowly breathe out. This has to be repeated for about 2 minutes every day. Remember to inhale deeply and then exhale.
Keep your eyes closed and mind calm. Do Bhastrika Pranayama with a sense of spirituality. While inhaling and exhaling let your mind be focused on one thought only – all the positive forces of the Universe are converging in us. We’re the beneficiary of all the 5 layers of our Aura – Physical body, Emotional Body, Mental Body, Spiritual Body and Astral Body.
If you feel exhausted then stop. Gradually increase the duration of practice. First 1 minute, then 2 minutes and then 3 minutes. But if you have problems like Asthma, Blood Pressure etc. then practice this Bhastrika Pranayama up to 5 minutes. This Pranayama is very effective for lungs and heart, for our brain and our circulatory system.
One must have a feeling of dedication, faith and devotion while practicing Pranayama. Practice it every day for 2 to 3 minutes and then gradually increase the time. It is very important that the steps are observed carefully and then practiced accordingly. It must be done systematically and for the specified time only. All the pains will subside and an experience of tranquility will come over the entire body and mind.
Take a look at this clip to see how to perform it: