Bahya Pranayam 

 The word Baahya is made from Sanskrit word Baahya which means outside or external.

Bahya pranayam is one of the vital respiration exercises in which you have to forcibly breathe in (inhale), breath out and then hold the breathe (retention). In this the breathe is kept outside during the process so that’s why this pranayam is named as Baahya pranayam. Meaning of Baahya is external and pranayam means breathing technique so it is also called external Retention. Retention means holding the breathe (Kumbhaka). 1:2:3 is the ratio of this pranayam. The Ratio of 1:2:3 is meaning that breathes in takes one second, breathes out should be 2 second and holding the breath ought to be for three seconds.

Similarly if breath in takes four seconds then breathes out ought to take eight seconds and holding the breath ought to be for twelve seconds that is nothing however 1:2:3. 

   Precaution of bahya pranayam 

  • People who have heart or BP (blood pressure) problems should not attempt this.
  • Women in their period, and pregnant or planning to become pregnant women should not try this.
  • All pranayam should be done on empty stomach.
  • At first start the pranayam process with Bhastrika pranayam after that go for other pranayam. 

   Procedure of bahya pranayam 

  • Sit in the padmasana (Lotus pose) close your eyes keep your spinal cord and head erect.
  • Breathe in deeply (inhale).
  • Then Exhale completely.
  • After exhale hold your breath.
  • Try to pull your stomach upward as much as you can, pull up the muscles in the area below the navel.
  • After that move your head in down position so that your chin touches your chest.
  • Hold this position for 5 to 10 seconds.
  • Assume that all your negativity is being expelled from your body.
  • Then relax and get back to starting position.
  • In case you are suffering from neck and back pain, do not move your head down. Just look straight.
  • Repeat this process for five to ten times. 

   Benefits of bahya pranayam 

  • Helpful in all abdominal complaints (like Constipation, Acidity, Gastric problem, Hernia) and cure it completely.
  • It cures the reproductive organs related complaints.
  • Improves the concentration of the mind.
  • Improves the digestion.
  • Beneficial for diabetes patients.
  • Completely cures the urinary and sperm related problems.
  • Very helpful to achieve the tranquility and self enlightment.