Bhastrika pranayama is a breathing technique in yoga that involves rapid and forceful inhalation and exhalation through the nose. This practice is believed to stimulate the nervous system, improve respiratory function, and increase energy levels.
Here is a step-by-step guide for practicing bhastrika pranayama:
- Find a comfortable seated position, either on a chair or on the floor with a cushion or blanket.
- Take a deep inhalation through your nose, filling your lungs with air.
- Exhale forcefully through your nose, making a hissing sound as you do so.
- Inhale quickly and forcefully through your nose, filling your lungs with air.
- Exhale quickly and forcefully through your nose, making a hissing sound as you do so.
- Continue this rapid and forceful inhalation and exhalation for several rounds.
- When you feel comfortable with the rapid breathing, try holding your breath for a few seconds after the inhalation and before the exhalation.
- Gradually increase the duration of the retention as you become more comfortable with the practice.
It’s important to pay attention to your body’s needs and only practice bhastrika pranayama to the extent that you feel comfortable. If you experience any discomfort or dizziness, stop the practice and take a few deep breaths before resuming. It’s also important to practice bhastrika pranayama on an empty stomach and in a well-ventilated space.