Speech About Bhastrika Pranayama

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Bhastrika Pranayama, where bhastrika means bellows of the blacksmith. Like bellows, puraka and rechaka are performed quickly and repeatedly with force (Hathapradipika II: 61-62). Hence the name. Here, the act of exhalation is more forceful and rapid, compared to inhalation, which is rather slow and less forceful. The AUM chanting: AUM(pronounced) written as Om, Aum or Omkar is one word mantra and is drawn as a sacred symbol. Aum is formed out of three alphabets, ‘Á’, ‘Ú’ and ‘M’. A stands for Lord Brahma (creation), U represents Lord Vishnu (maintenance) and M stands for Lord Mahesha (destruction). A of AUM is connected at the bottom of the spine, just below the umbilicus , U just above the umbilicus and M affects heart, throat and between the eye brows. Varahopanishad (5.69) says, Aum should be chanted very smoothly and continuously without interruption. Traditionally, Aum can be recited in three ways: loudly, murmuring and mentally in the mind. Vedic chanting increases the pitch and develops the voice (Yoga for voice culture, n.d., p. 26). ‘Om’ chanting strengthens the lung capacity, removes the stress and strengthens the mind (Gokhale, p.108, Banerjie, 2013). It improves the base of the voice and strengthens it. Procedure involves performing 3 rounds of anuloma -viloma pranayama, inhaling deeply followed by the production of ‘O’ by parting the labials sufficiently and this should be produced in a low pitched voice. After 3 seconds, with the lip closure follows a nasalized

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