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Bhastrika Pranayama: Bellows Breath (Level 2)

Bhastrika (bellows) breathing is one of the most important and powerful pranayamas. In addition to its health benefits of an overall increase in vitality, it is potent on a subtle level in preparing and developing a meditative mind, and for this reason, it is particularly treasured in the Himalayan Tradition. In this class, Sandra Anderson explains the benefits, requirements, and contraindications for this advanced pranayama, gives a detailed explanation of the technique, and leads a short sequence of helpful, preparatory asana postures, ending with the practice of bhastrika.

Format: Video with audio download
Length: 56 mins

About the Teacher

Sandra Anderson

For over 25 years Sandra Anderson has shared her extensive experience in yoga practice and theory with students from all over the world. A senior faculty member and resident at the Himalayan Institute, her teaching reflects access to the living oral tradition, and the embodied experience of 30 years of dedicated practice. With a background in the natural sciences and studies in classical Sanskrit, along with frequent pilgrimages to India, Sandy has a rare capacity to eloquently convey the richness of spiritual life in our contemporary world. She is the coauthor of the award-winning book, Yoga Mastering the Basics, and was a contributing editor and columnist for Yoga International magazine. She is now a frequent contributor to YogaInternational.com, offering instructional videos, workshops, and articles. Sandy leads trainings and retreats both nationally and internationally, and at the headquarters of the Himalayan Institute.

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