What Is Bahya Pranayama? | Benefits Of Practicing Bahya Pranayama

What Is Bahya Pranayama? | Benefits Of Practicing Bahya Pranayama

The word Bahya comes from the Sanskrit word Bahya, which means external.

Bahya Pranayama is one of the vital breathing exercises where you inhale, exhale, and then hold your breath. In this way the breath is exhaled completely during the process before holding the body in different positions, hence this pranayama is called bahya pranayama. 

The meaning of Baahya is external and Pranayama means breathing technique, thus it is also called external holding. To hold is to retain one's breath (Kumbhaka). 1:2:3 is this pranayama ratio. A 1:2:3 ratio means you breathe in for one second, exhale for 2 seconds, and hold your breath for three seconds.

If breathing is four seconds, exhaling should be eight seconds, and holding the breath should be 12 seconds, which is again a 1:2:3 ratio.

The Procedure for Practicing Bahya Pranayama

• Sitting in Padmasana (lotus position), close your eyes, keep your spinal cord and head up.

• Take a deep breath.

• Then exhale completely.

• Hold your breath after exhaling.

• Try to pull the stomach up by pulling the muscles below the belly button.

• Then move your head to a lower position so that your chin touches your chest.

• Hold this position for five to ten seconds.

• Assume that all your negativity has been removed from your body.

• Then relax and set back to the original position.

• If you have neck or back pain, do not move your head down. Just look straight ahead.

• Repeat this process five to ten times.

Benefits Of Bahya Pranayama

• Useful for all stomach ailments (like constipation, hyperacidity, stomach problems, hernias) and helps incomplete recovery.

• Treating diseases related to reproductive organs.

• This helps to increase the concentration of the mind.

• Improve digestion.

• Useful for diabetics.

• Completely cure urinary and sperm problems.

• Very useful for achieving peace and self-enlightenment.

Preventive Measures

• People with heart or blood pressure problems should not try.

• Pregnant ladies or ladies who are planning to become pregnant should not try this and also should not practice during periods.

• We should practice all pranayama on an empty stomach.

• First start with Bhastrika Pranayama, then proceed to other Pranayama.

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