Belly flop on in- and exhale, like a bellow. Bastrika is all about inhaling and exhaling completely so that your body gets maximum amount of oxygen. 5 to 10 times in a row, 5 minutes a day. Those who have high blood pressure or heart disease should not practice Bhastrika pranayama.
Benefits of Bhastrika pranayama:
o Helps to throw out toxins and cures illnesses of respiratory track
o Boosts the supply of oxygen and purifies blood
o Helps to keep negative thoughts away
o Increases warmth in the body and helps to prevent common cold
o Regular practice of Bhastrika pranayama keeps you away from all diseases
Inhale through nose, exhale with ears closed off and zoom like a bee with mouth closed) This breathing technique derives its name from the black Indian bee called Bhramari. Repeat 6-7 times – empty all air out of lungs.
Benefits of Bhramari pranayama:
o Instant way to relieve tension, anger and anxiety. It is a very effective breathing technique for people suffering from hypertension as it calms down the agitated mind.
o Gives relief if you’re feeling hot or have a slight headache
o Helps mitigate migraines
o Improves concentration and memory
o Builds confidence
o Helps in reducing blood pressure
On exhale pull navel in, inhale occurs automatically Kapal is forehead and bhati means glow.
Benefits of Kapalbhati pranayama:
o Kapalbhati pranayama helps to detoxify lungs and respiratory tracks.
o Boosts the supply of oxygen and purifies blood.
o Helps to tone up the abdominal muscles. It is also helpful in reducing belly fat.
o Kapalbhati pranayama is practiced before meditation. It improvises concentration span and helps to stay away from unwanted thoughts while practicing meditation.
o As its name suggests, a regular practice of Kapalbhati pranayama makes you look beautiful.
Anulom Vilom / NADI SHODANA Pranayam:
Anulom Vilom Pranayam is also known as Nadi Shodhana Pranayama or alternate nostril breathing. Hands in Vishnu mudra, Ratio 1:4:2
Benefits of Nadi Shodana or Anulom Vilom Pranayama:
o Cleans up and tones up the entire nervous system.
o It is also beneficial in migraine and chronic sinus problems.
o It strengthens the heart. Improves blood circulation and breathing capacity.
o Practice of Anulom Vilom Pranayam removes mental tension and worries.
o The face becomes bright, luminous and calm.
o It maintains the functioning of digestive system and cures all the stomach ailments/ diseases.
o It can prevent hereditary diseases like diabetes and heart problem.
o It is helpful in contemplation and also gives the strength to meditate for several hours.
o It keeps the mind calm, peaceful and cheerful and helps in overcoming depression.