Bhramari Pranayama

The name of this Pranayama originates from Sanskrit word Bhramar that means bumblebee. While performing this Pranayama a buzzing sound, typical of bumblebee is produced from the nostrils.

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Method for Bhramari Pranayama:

Sit down in Padmasana, Siddhasana or Vajrasana. Now inhale and exhale breaths rapidly through both the nostrils with a buzzing sound that is similar to the buzzing of bumble bee (Nasal snoring is more difficult.). Keep on doing this exercise till you sweat profusely. End the exercise with inhaling the breath through nostrils as deeply as possible and hold it as long as you can. Then exhale through both the nostrils. As you increase the speed of inhalation and exhalation of breath, In the beginning, heat of the body is increased as the circulation of blood is quickened. In the end the body-heat is decreased by perspiration and you will have amusing and joyful  experience.


Benefits of Bhramari Pranayama: 

The mood feels elevated, with increased flow of knowledge and the asceticism begins to appear.

By success in this Bhramari Kumbhaka the Yogic student gets success in Samadhi.


Note: Without practicing Anulom-Vilom Pranayama first, This Pranayama would not yield desired benefits. 

Bhastrika Pranayama : asthma tuberculosis corrected

Bhastrika means Blower in Sanskrit. In Bhastrika breath is exhaled forcibly and quickly. One should inhale and exhale breath like a blower. This Pranayama is considered the best.

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Method Bhastrika Pranayama

Sit in Padmasana, Siddhasana or Vajrasana stretch your head, neck and back. Put your hands on the laps. Inhale and exhale rapidly your or five times like a blower. Similarily contract and expand the lungs. A peculiar rusting sound will be produced during the practice of this Pranayama. But the performer must practice this Pranayama rapidly and without stopping even once. At the completion of one round (Avartana) the performer must inhale breath as deeply as possible and retain it as long as possible. Ultimately exhale as much breath as possible. Thus a round (Avartana) of Bhastrika completes. After resting a while, perform another round of this Pranayama.  During the first week do two rounds only. From second week onwards, do three to four rounds of Bhastrika pranayama.

Do not ever do more than four rounds in a single day.


Benefits of Bhastrika Pranayama :


With the practice of Bhastrika, swelling of the throat is corrected, appetite is kindled and the cough is removed. Diseases of the nose and chest like asthma, tuberculosis etc. are also corrected.

Diseases caused by imbalance of wind, cough and bile (Vata, Cough and Pitta) are also corrected by this Pranayama.

If no other means to warm the body is available, it can be heated with the help of this Pranayama.

Pores of Sushumna nerve are opened by Bhastrika.

Essential of Pranayama

In order to practice Pranayama fully and effectively, the learner must strictly follow the following things:  


The place for performing Pranayama must be isolated and airy with ample ventilation.


The time of dawn is considered as best for practicing Pranayama. If for any reason it is not possible to practice it in the morning, Pranayama can be practiced in the evening as well. Posture

Mostly the Pranayama is practical in Padmasana, Siddhasana or Vajrasana. If you face difficulty in sitting in these postures for too long, you can select any posture you desire in which you can sit for long time comfortably.

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Before you sit for Pranayama practice, thoroughly clean the nostrils well. 

Practice Pranayama only after purifying your veins. To purify the veins, first practice  the Asanas.

Do not take bath immediately after Pranayama. You can take bath after half an hour of Pranayama, though it is better to practice Pranayama after a bath, instead of taking bath after it.

Stop the practice when you are ailing seriously. Some people twist the muscles of the face when they do Kumbhaka.

Practice inhalation, exhalation and retention of breath in such a way that at no point during the practice you feel suffocation or uneasiness.

The general order of doing Kriyas is: First do all Asanas, then Mudras, then Pranayama and then Dhyana.

Do not continue the Pranayama when you are fatigued.

Always inhale and exhale very slowly. Do not make any sound. In Pranayamas like Bhastrika, Kapalabhati, Sitali and Sitkari, you can produce a little mild or the lowest possible sound.

Suryabheda and Ujjayi produce heat. Sitkari and Sitali are cooling. Bhastrika preserves normal temperature. Suryabheda destroys excess of wind; Ujjayi

phlegm; Sitkari and Sitali bile; and Bhastrika all the three.

Suryabheda and Ujjayi must be practised during winter. Sitkari and Sitali must be practised in summer. Bhastrika can be practised in all seasons.

Those persons whose bodies are hot even in winter can practise Sitali and Sitkari during winter season.

Don’t be discouraged by some initial mistakes, and don’t drop the practice in panic.  

You will learn slowly.


Kapalbhati Pranayama: Glowing of Skull Pranayama

In a Sanskrit Kapal means skull and Bhati means to shine. The term ‘Kapalabhati’ means an exercise that makes the skull shine. In this pranayama inhalation is slow and exhalation is vigorous with a split second of retention after each out-breath. So skull begins to glow by practicing Practicing  Kapalbhati.

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Method for Kapalbhati Pranayama (Glowing of Skull):

Sit straight in any comfortable position like Padmasana, Siddhasana or Vajrasana. Rest both of your hands on the knees, and close the eyes.

Inhale slowly, relaxing the abdomen allowing the air to return gently to the lungs. 

Exhale with a quick, strong blast of air. Contract the abdominal muscles quickly causing the diaphragm to rise and force the air out of the lungs. 

Retain for a split second and repeat for four to eight blasts. 

This complete one cycle of Kapalabhati. Relax and take few slow and deep breaths in between the cycles.

 Nerves gets reverberate in this exercise. In this exercise our cells, neurons and nerves vibrate rapidly. In the beginning, exhale only once per second. Increasing your speed slowly then exhale twice per second. Initially practice a cycle of ten exhalations. Increase the number of exhalation slowly. Benefits of Kapalbhati Pranayama (Glowing of Skull) :

Kapalbhati clears your skull, respiratory tract and the sinus.

Destroying the cough that clogs the trachia Kapalbhati leads to the cure of asthma.

By practice of Kapalbhati, air cells in the lungs receive ample amount life giving oxygen, hence germs of diseases like tuberculosis cannot harm them.

Carbon dioxide The gaseous waste of respiration process is exhaled out in large amount thus purifying the blood.

This process also activates the heart and enhance the capacity of the respiratory system, circulation system and digestive system.



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