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Bhastrika (pronounced bha-STRI-kaah),[1] is one of the most important pranayamas. It is a very mysterious pranayama and not much is known about it. However, many believe that it is a combination of Kapalbhati & Anulom Vilom pranyamas. It is a breathing technique where breathing is forcible and through the nose, with equal time for inhalation and exhalation.[2] Bhastrika Pranayama is aimed at keeping the inhalation cycle equal to exhalation, yet making breath deeper and longer. Deep breath inwards and long exhalation outwards with equal time intervals constitutes this pranayama technique.[3]

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  1. ^ Budilovsky, Joan; Adamson, Eve (2000). The complete idiot's guide to yoga (2 ed.). Penguin. p. 78. ISBN 978-0-02-863970-3. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Yoga Glossary, in the website of YOGA SHALA BERLIN.
  3. ^ Anandmurti Gurumaa talks about Bhastrika pranayama and Kapalabhati Pranayama