The pranayama techniques help to improve the blood circulation in the human body and also add oxygen content in the blood. These two aspects are the main aspects for any human being to remain fit and healthy without any diseases till the age of 100 years. The next pranayama that is to be performed is Bahya pranayama. This pranayama is to be performed with three bandhs to get the maximum benefits. The procedure of performing three bandhs is explained in one of my earlier articles. I will cover the procedure to perform Bahya pranayama in this article.
Take your position in yogic posture in Padhmasana or Sukhasana, with both your eyes closed, and with both the thumbs touching the first finger of your hands. The hands must rest on your knees. Exhale with full force, making your lungs totally empty from air. Do Moola bandh, Udian bandh, and the Jalandhar bandh simultaneously in this position, without inhaling any fresh air. Try to remain in this position for as much time as you can. When you get tired, unlock all the three bandhs one by one, starting from Moola bandh and followed by Udian bandh and the Jalandhar bandh very slowly and then, inhale your breathe deeply. Take normal breaths there after. This exercise can be done for around 6 to 8 times maximum. Though, initially you may be able to perform this exercise only for couple of times. Increase the rate slowly and try to prolong the time of keeping your breathe out with three bandhs to around 45 seconds maximum.
Be very careful while increasing this time limit as overdoing may result in to fatigue and body pain. When you feel that you need to breathe in, start unlocking all the bandhs little in advance so that you can breathe in at the right moment after unlocking of the three bandhs. This pranayama is quiet stressful and you may experience some body pain, head ache etc in the beginning. However, just keep on doing this exercise daily ignoring the pain. I am sure that this initial pain would vanish within few days only. If you are not in a position to sit on the ground for performing these exercises, you can perform them by sitting on the chair also. However, make sure that your both legs are touching the ground firmly and are not free in the air. Always take some rest of around 2/3 minutes after doing this pranayama by taking slow and deep breaths.
This pranayama is absolutely harmless. Your mind becomes stable and the fluctuations of the mind stops. You can also concentrate better on any problems that you face in your life. It also improves the digestion and is very beneficial to all the diseases pertaining to abdominal cavity organs. It purifies the entire body and the Pranic energy starts traveling upwards, thus helping in awakening of the kundalini. It sharpens the intelligence and also improves the semen generation even at old age. It would appear that your body and mind have become light after doing this pranayama. One vital point is to perform this exercise with total empty stomach, preferably in early morning hours after all your morning rituals. Your mind must be totally in a relaxed state at the time of performing this pranayama. Always concentrate in your mind that all your diseases have gone out of your body while you exhale. All the internal organs get purified due to this exercise. Try to limit this pranayama to maximum3 to 4 times in peak summer. You can do it full blast in winter months.
This pranayama is extremely useful to our body and helps to achieve dhyan or Samadhi rather easily in an advanced stage of yoga and pranayama. The key is in doing it regularly without any break even in the worst circumstances. However, if you are already sick and running temperature, strictly avoid doing this pranayama. I have seen many persons deriving excellent benefits from this pranayama and I sincerely hope and wish that you also shall be the one of them. If you have any questions on this, please feel free to contact me.