Bhastrika Pranayama breathing, an energy explosion!
Bhastrika breathing, also called Bhastrika Pranayama or Bellows, is a charging breathing exercise. Through this exercise, energy begins to flow through your body.
This bellows gets your digestion going. This breathing gets a lot of oxygen into your blood in a short period of time. It also tones your abdominal muscles, which helps them develop.
The liver, spleen and pancreas are also stimulated by this breathing exercise.
The Bhastrika Pranayama is widely used in Kundalini Yoga. Especially the third chakra, the solar plexus, is addressed here.
Performing the Bhastrika Breathing
1. Sit upright. Your back is straight. You can do this exercise while sitting on your knees, but you can also do it while sitting cross-legged. If you don’t like to sit in these postures for a long time, you can also use a meditation cushion.
You can even do the Bhastrika breathing on a chair, so it’s also a good exercise behind the desk… 😉 .
2. Place your hands on your thighs with palms facing up. In the beginning phase, you can also place your hands on your lower abdomen to make it easier to direct your breath into your belly.
3. Close your eyes. Focus your attention on your breath and the here and now.
4. You breathe in forcefully through your nose, sending the breath into your belly.
5. You tense your abdominal muscles, and through this tension you forcefully expel the air through your nose.
7. The inhalation is equal to the exhalation. So you inhale again forcefully by moving your navel away from your spine.
8. You repeat these exercises ten to twenty times. Then gently inhale and exhale about five more times while keeping your eyes closed.
Why you should be careful with bhastrika breathing
Bhastrika breathing creates an explosion of energy. We have written about the chakras before. Bhastrika breathing gets the energy flowing through the chakras, but if too much energy is released, it can also cause negative symptoms.
In bhastrika pranayama, abdominal breathing is used.
Many people breathe incorrectly, so even abdominal breathing can be a difficult issue. For these people, bhastrika breathing with incorrect abdominal breathing can also have the wrong effect.
It is advisable to do the Bhastrika breathing under guidance especially in the beginning. This way another person can keep an eye on you. Also, when the energy in your body becomes too much and you may not notice it yourself.
It is important that the Bhastrika Pranayama is set up correctly. For example, remember to place your hands on your belly first when breathing. In this way, you will better direct the breath into the abdomen.
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