Breath of Fire – Bhastrika Pranayama
Pranayama means control of breath. Vedic science teaches us how to control our mind by breathing practices. We also can use pranayama to activate male (solar) and female (lunar) energy when needed, or harmonize them.
Breath of fire strengthens the lungs and heats the body. It is helpful for releasing asthma and allergies, for gastrointestinal tract and hormonal disorders.
Inhale through the nose without effort
Exhale actively using a little force
Slowly increase the speed of breathing
Do 30 active exhalations
Rest for one minute
Repeat up to five times
When to do:
The best time to do pranayama is at sunrise and sunset, although it can be done at other time as well. Make sure you have eaten at least one hour before Bhastrika practice.
TODAY’S TIP: Breath of fire is contraindicated for people with cancer and high blood pressure. If you have sleeping problems, skip the afternoon sessions.