Bhastrika - Bellows Breath

A technique for practicing Bhastrika. This is an energizing and cleansing breathing technique.
  1. Start by relaxing the shoulders and taking slow, deep, abdominal breaths.
  2. Exhale completely.
  3. Start deep forceful inhalations and exhalations at one second per cycle through the nose.
  4. Do this for 10 breaths, and then return to normal breathing.
  5. Continue to breathe normally for 15-30 seconds.
  6. Start the next round of breathing for 20 breaths.
  7. Return to normal breathing for 30 seconds.
  8. Begin the last round of 30 breaths, and resume normal breathing.

Note: the energized and invigorated feeling after performing this pranayama technique. Increases the metabolism.

Uses:
  1. In the morning to start the body and mind.
  2. During the day when feeling lethargic, or sleepy.
Constraints:

Do not perform before bedtime. It may prevent falling asleep.

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