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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

Senior faculty at the Himalayan Institute, Sandy teaches yoga, meditation, and philosophy, and is a key instructor in the Institute's teacher training programs. She is the coauthor of the award-winning book, Yoga Mastering the Basics, and a frequent contributor to the Himalayan Institute's online Wisdom Library. Her work draws on her immersion in the living oral tradition, traditional texts of hatha yoga and tantra, training in Sanskrit, and her background in environmental science. A long-time resident at the Himalayan Institute with a diverse background and life experience, Sandy has a unique capacity to convey the richness of spiritual life in the contemporary world.

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