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Mild Bellows Breath

August 6, 2012

Mild Bellows is a preparatory practice for Kapalabhati and Bhastrika. It removes toxins and strengthens the digestive fire, which the Yogis call Agni. Agni also is the fire of aspiration and it gives strength and energy to practise the higher practices of Yoga such as meditation. It also clears the sinuses.

 

Sit in padmasana or any comfortable sitting posture. Hands rest on the knees in chin mudra. Breathe out quickly and pull in the tummy muscles. Slowly breathe in whilst relaxing the tummy muscles. Repeat either 12, 24 or at most 36 times according to your capacity. Then take a few breathers. And repeat this another three times.

 

In spring and summer this should be followed by sitali or sitkari to cool the body. Also in summer it should only be practised during the cool periods of the day. Please note that Mild Bellows should not be practised by students who have high blood pressure. Mild Bellows should be followed by pranayama.

 

Written by:

Swami Vidyananda, resident monk at Ananda Kutir Ashrama.

http://www.anandakutir.org.za

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