Post By: Vishwanath Iyer Published on: December 26, 2016 Reading time: 3 minutes
In bhastrikā-prāṇāyāma, the practitioner rapidly inhales and exhales using the diaphragm only.
Bhastrikā– When the feet are placed on the opposite thighs, it is called padmāsana, the destroyer of all sins.
Assuming balanced padmāsana and an erect body, the intelligent practitioner should exhale through the nostrils.
It should then be inhaled rapidly with force until there is an experience of resound in the heart, throat upto the skull.
Next, it should be expelled repeatedly and filled again and again like a blacksmith using his bellows.
In the same manner, he should move the prana within the body and when experiencing fatigue, inhale using the right (piṅgalā-nāḍī) nostril.
As soon as the lungs are filled quickly with air, the right nostril should be closed with the ring finger and kept confined.
Having performed kumbhaka properly, it should be expelled through the left nostril. This destroys vata (air), pitta (bile) and kapha (phlegm) and increases gastric fires.
The kundalini is quickly aroused; pleasant, purifying and beneficial. Any phlegm and other impurities which may be accumulated at the entrance to the brahma-nāḍī are destroyed.
Bhastrikā should be performed plentifully for it breaks the 3 knots that are firmly placed on the suṣumṇā-nāḍi. (brahma-granthi in the anāhata, vishnu-granthi in the viśuddhi and rudra-granthi in the ājñā )