Seven Pranayama : Breathing Techniques, Procedure

pranayama The ancient science of yoga taught us a technique of deep breathing "Yoga Breathing" or "Pranayama". Pranayama arouses the internal energy of a person and makes him healthy, balanced and active. Baba Ramdev advises the seven-step pranayama package for a healthy, and stress free living.

Seven-Step Pranayama Sequence for Daily Practice

The whole process takes around 45 minutes and the duration can be increased up to two hours also. Morning time is ideal for its practice. Take bath and wear loose clothes. Sit straight; keep the neck and head absolutely straight. The body should be stable and spine should be straight.

1. Bhastrika Pranayama

Bhastrika Pranayama
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 minutes atleast. 5 mins max.
Benefits : Heart, Lungs, Brain, Depression, Headache, Migraine, Paralysis, Neural System, 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. More details about Bhastrika Pranayama...

2. Kapal Bhati Pranayama

Kapalbhati Pranayama
Procedure : Kapalbhati Pranayama consists of short, powerful exhales and passive inhales. Push air forcefully out. Stomach will itself go in.
Duration : Start with 30 times or 1 min. increase upto 5 mins min. upto 10 minutes max.
Benefits : Increases aabha and tej. Helps in obesity, constipation, gastric, acidity, Croesus(liver), hepatitis B, uterus, diabetes, stomach problems, cholesterol, allergic problems, asthma, snoring, concentration, and even cancer and AIDS.
Tips : Heart and High Blood pressure patients , and weak people should do it slowly. More details about Kapalbhati Pranayama...

3. Bahaya Pranayama

Bahaya Pranayama
Procedure : Breathe air out, touch chin to chest, squeeze stomach completely and hold for a while. then release chin, breathe in slowly. Repeat the process.
Duration : Beginners should perform Bahaya Pranayama 3 to 5 times. Advanced practitioners can do 11 repetitions.However, in the winter, advance practitioners can do up to 21 repetitions.
Benefits : Good for hernia, stomach ailments, uterus prolapse and all urinary and prostate problems. Channels the energy of the root lock hernia .
Tips : People with hypertension and heart problem should avoid performing Bahya Pranayama. More details about Bahaya Pranayama...

4. Anulom Vilom Pranayama

Anulom Vilom Pranayama
Procedure : Hold your right nasal with thumb, breathe in from left. Now open right nasal and close left nasal with middle and ring finger and breathe out from right nasal. Now breathe in from right nasal. Now close right nasal and open left and breathe out and in from left nasal. and so on.
Duration : Atleast 10 minutes.
Benefits : Heart, high BP, heart blockage, vat-cuf-pit, arthritis, cartilage, bent ligaments, sinual fluid reduced, parkinson, paralysis, neural related, depression, migraine pain, asthma, sinus, allergy.
Tips : Breathe into lungs not to stomach. no organ in stomach absorb oxygen. Do not hurry. Do it slowly. More details about Anolom Vilom Pranayama...

5. Bharamari Pranayama

Bharamari Pranayama
Procedure : Close ears with thumb, index finger on forehead, and rest three on base of nose touching eyes. Breathe in. And now breathe out through nose while humming like a bee.
Duration : 10 minutes
Benefits : Concentrating on the center of the eyebrows (ajna chakra) visualize light in the center. Good for sinus problem, hypertension, heart blockage, etc. Vibrations created by humming destroys negative energy, reduces stress/tension, depression, fears and doubts. Feel that your body, mind and soul are radiating with light. More details about Bharamari Pranayama...

6. Udgeeth Pranayama

Udgeeth Pranayama
Procedure : Inhalation and exhalation should be long, slow, soft and subtle. Inhale slowly and when ready to exhale, chant Om slowly and steadily. With practice, lengthen each breath to one-minute, that is, to say inhalation and exhalation should total one-minute of time. Visualize the breath entering and moving inside the body.
Duration : 10 minutes.
Benefits : Good for insomnia and for deepening the quality of sleep and relieving bad dreams. Helps the mind to become one-pointed and facilitate the practice of conscious sleep (Yoga Nidra). More details about Udgeeth Pranayama...

7. Pranav Pranayama

Pranav Pranayama
Procedure : Close your eyes and sit quitely. Breathe in naturally.
Duration : 2-3 mins or more.
Purpose: Spiritual development and to widen your perspective so that you begin to realise the One In All and the All In One - the constant universal vibration AUM/OM, which is found in every single minutest atom.
For Complete Pranayama Step by Step Sequence with Asana, Suksham Vyayayam And Mudras ... click here
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Last updated on 13-09-2022

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PT said…

Very useful link to get started on basic breathing / pranayam!
Thank you for posing it.
Aryoday said…
Thank you, it helps.
Sync with me said…
very useful, very clearly described, valuable information.... good for all human being.... thanks from all who get benefited with this.
Liz said…
Swami Ramdev's pranayama technique is the best! I have been doing yoga for many years, but,I have been following Swami Ramdev's technique, ever since attending his first yoga teaching session in London, almost two decades ago! He is the best to motivate people to take up yoga!
Waiting.... said…
Thanks. Explained well and precisely.
Saral Solutions said…
Pranayama is beneficial in fighting Coid-19 (Corona) also. Dr Naresh Trehan, chairman, Medanta, also suggests practising yoga to keep lungs healthy. One of the pranayams he recommends is anulom viyom, adding that the pranayam is effective in expanding the lungs.
Aditya Lamba said…
Thank you for this information, very useful !!