Bhastrika is a type of pranayama that looks similar to Kapalbhati but is different from it in two fundamental ways. "Kapalbhati is essentially a breathing technique that mimics sneezing and involves the stomach. Bhastrika, on the other hand, is done through the chest and engages the lungs.
Benefits of Bhastrika
1. It is good for brain oxygenation.
2. It benefits the nervous and the motor system.
3. It is great for energizing the body and the mind
4. Good for people with depression and anxiety
5. It helps in treating fibrosis
6. Great for lungs and people who suffer from repetitive cough, flu, respiratory issues, allergies or breathlessness
7. Helps strengthen immunity
8. Checks sleep apnea as well
How to Perform Bhastrika
Sit in Padmasana (Lotus Pose).
Take a deep breath and fill your lungs with air.
Release the breath after counting till five.
Now begin practicing the technique by inhaling and exhaling with force and mimicking the panting activity.
To begin with, practice at least 21 times