Bhastrika Pranayama and its Benefits – Bellows breathing technique


Bhastrika pranayama can also be called as bellows breathing technique, where you actually exhale and inhale forcefully in equal intervals of time. It is the combination of Kapalabhati and Anulom vilom  pranayama. Pranayama means breathing technique.

Bhastrika means bellows which is a device used by blacksmith for blowing the air into fire. It is the device which consists of two handles, with the help of these two handles you are going to squeeze to blow the air into fire, similarly breathing pattern of bhastika pranayama resembles the blowing of bellows.

Some times this pranayama is also called as mysterious pranayama.

At the end of the day the ultimate aim of this pranayama is to have breaths deeper and longer inwards and outwards with a force in equal intervals of time.

Glimpse of Bhastrika Pranyama


Initially try to sit in erect position such that the spine has to be straight and neck has to be still position.

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The sitting position can be in padmasana or artha padmasana or sukasana or siddhasana.


Now try to be in gyana mudra or any mudra, close your eyes, try to inhale forcibly and exhale forcibly with intense in 1:1 ratio. The time taken for inhalation and exhalation has to be equal. Lets say if the time taken for breath ins is 4 seconds then the time to take breath outs has to be 4 seconds. And when you exhale, you can make hissing sound.

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The force or intense of breathing depends on individuality. Remember that when you inhale fill your lungs but not stomach, when you inhale properly your chest blows up. Similarly when you exhale your lungs should become empty. And do not raise your shoulders high, it can be raised to some extent accordingly.

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Repeat the cycle in equal intervals of time for atleast 5 to 10 times. Do it for atleast 5 mins in a day.

Then open your eyes slowly, have a normal breath for 5 mins, then go for next pranayama.


People with High B.P’s and heart problems shouldn’t be doing this breathing exercise

Benefits of Bhastrika Pranayama

  • Bhastrika pranayama can be used as warm up technique for other breathing exercises. It frees up or you can say it warms up or it gives the flexibility for your respiratory system so that you can do other breathing exercises easily.
  • Throws out toxins and cures illness of respiratory system
  • Boosts up the supply of oxygen and purifies the blood.
  • Heats up the body
  • Prevents common cold
  • Glows up the Skin
  • Improves immune system.
  • Apart from these major benefits you are going to attain self enlightment and achieve tranquility.


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