Bhastrika Pranayama : Procedure, Duration and Benefits

Bhastrika is a Sanskrit word which means bellows. In Bhastrika pranayama, the breathing pattern resembles the blowing of bellows. Although air is forced both in and out, the emphasis is placed upon the expulsion or explosion of air.
Practicing Yoga, meditation, and pranayama helps to lead stress free life. Bhastrika pranayma primarily consists of forced rapid deep breathing, so that your body gets maximum amount of oxygen. Bhastrika pranayama is all about inhaling and exhaling completely so that your body gets maximum amount of oxygen. Regular practice of Bhastrika pranayama will improve your resistance power. It will help you to keep diseases away.
Procedure :
Sit in a comfortable Asana. Breathe in through both the nostrils, till the lungs are full and diaphragm is stretched. Then breathe out gently.Take deep breaths and then completely breathe out.
Duration :
2 mins atleast. 5 mins max.
Benefits : Heart, lungs, brain, depression, migraine, paralysis, neural system, aabha   aabha, tej, obesity, constipation, gastric, acidity, Croesus (liver), hepatitis B, uterus, diabetes, stomach problems, cholesterol, allergic problems, asthma, snoring, concentration, and even cancer and AIDS.

Bhastrika Pranayama- Detailed description

Sit in a comfortable Asana. Breathe in through both the nostrils, till the lungs are full and diaphragm is stretched. Then breathe out gently, but see that the abdominal cavity does not blow up due to the air breathed in.
Duration There should be inhalation of 2½ seconds and exhalation of 2½ seconds in a rhythmic flow. Thus by doing it non-stop, one can do bhastrika pranayama 12 times in one minute.
One should do it for 5 minutes in one sitting. In the beginning one may have to take rest in between. It takes about a week to develop the practice of this pranayama for 5 minutes non-stop.
Healthy persons and slightly sick persons should practise bhastrika for 5 minutes daily. Those who are suffering from cancer, lung fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, MS, SLE and other incurable diseases should do this pranayama for 10 minutes. Thus bhastrika is done 12 times in one minute and 60 times in 5 minutes.
If done in two sittings in incurable diseases like cancer this praƒyama is best done 120 times. Normally pranayama is best done empty stomach. If for some reason one is not able to do pranayama in the morning it can also be done 5 hours after mid-day meals. If persons suffering from incurable diseases practise pranayama both in the morning and evening, they will soon benefit more.
Shiva Sankalpa (Vow) at the time of performing Bhastrika
While inhaling in the process of doing Bhastrika make a vow and focus in your mind as if all the divine powers, purity, peace and joy, all that is good in the universe around you is entering inside your body and that you are getting filled with the divine powers. Pranayama done with this kind of vow in mind imparts a special benefit to the individual.
Diseases like cold, cough, allergy, asthma, respiratory diseases of all kinds, are cured. Lungs become strong and due to the heart and head getting adequate quantity of pure and fresh air, health is improved. Diseases of the throat like thyroid, tonsils and other ailments of throat are cured.
This Pranayama brings about a proper balance of the three Doshas i.e. Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, and maintains their balance. Blood is purified and the body gets rid of foreign objects and toxins.Stabilizes Prana and calms mind and helps the upward journey of Prana from Muladhara Chakra (Base Chakra) to Sahsrar Chakra(Cerebral Gland) and helpful in the Kundalini Jagran.
Practise it at a slow pace in summer season.Those whose both nostrils are not properly open due to excess of cough or sinus problems, etc, should first close the right nostril and do recaka and puraka with left nostril. Then they should close the left nostril and do recaka and pμuraka with the right nostril at slow, medium or vigorous speed as per their capacity. Then in the end, they should do bhastrika pranayama using both ida end pingala energy channels. One must practise this pranayama for 5 minutes daily. Keep your eyes closed while doing this pranayama and meditate on 'OM' in your mind with each inhalation and exhalation.