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Concept of Bhastrika pranayama with special emphasis according to yoga and spiritual texts

Deka.M (M Sc), Nagarathna R*(MD., FRCP) Dean, Division of Yoga and Life Sciences, and Nagendra H R (ME, PhD) Vice Chancellor,
Swami Vivekananda Yoga research Foundation, (sVYASA)
Deemed University,
Recognized by Government of India,
Ministry of HRD,
New Delhi
India

 

Abstract :Breathing is so simple and so obvious we often take it for granted; ignoring the power it has to affect our body, mind and spirit. With each inhalation we bring oxygen into the body and spark the transformation of nutrients into fuel. Each exhalation purges the body of carbon dioxide, a toxic waste.

Pranayama is the science of breath control. There are several varieties of Pranayama described in spiritual texts like Patanjali Yoga Sutra, Gheranda Samhita, Hatha yoga etc. One of the important types of Pranayama is the Bhastrika Pranayama. In this report, a description of this Pranayama is given based on scriptural texts. The therapeutic value of this Pranayama, as well as for various other techniques is also described. The problems which are likely to arise by an improper use of this type of Pranayama have also been highlighted.

 

Summary & Conclusion :It is thus seen that Bhastrika Pranayama is one form of Pranayama, which has been extensively studied, investigated and practiced. It has been described in great detail in many scriptural texts. Hatha Yoga Pradipika describes in great detail the techniques used to practice this Pranayama along with the therapeutic aspects.

Other scriptural texts like Gheranda Samhita, Hatha Ratnavali etc. also describe this type of Pranayama in sufficient detail. Whether it is used as a method of Breath Control or as a Kriya, it is equally beneficial. It is practiced in almost all Yoga Kendras to develop concentration and as a preliminary exercise before meditation.

 
 
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