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Pranayama - Fast breathing


Fast Breathing

In fast breathing, one needs to increase the rate of respiration to about 100 breaths per minute. But the breathing is not shallow, one should breath with equally forceful inhalation and forceful exhalation. This involves fast movement of diaphragm by moving abdominal muslces and chest muscles.



Benefits of Fast Breathing

  • Due to the fast inhalations and exhalations, the carbon dioxide levels in the blood fall and oxygen levels increase in the blood. The rich oxygenated blood supplies to the vital organs, improving their functioning.
  • Due to rapid exchange of gases on cellular level, toxins are removed and the cell are revitalized.
  • The fast movement of diaphragm gives massage to the digestive organs, lungs and heart increasing their efficiency.
  • Fast breathing is good for increasing the overall Prana in the body.
  • This technique can also can get rid of excess mucus, helps in removing sinusitis and common cold etc.

Precautions (Contra indications) -

  • Fast breathing should not be done by those who have High Blood pressure, heart problems, ulcers, hernia.
  • People who have undergone abdominal surgeries, heart surgeries, brain surgeries should consult the medical expert or consultant.
  • This is not recommended during the pregnancy.

Practice Instructions -

Note - Some students may feel dizziness, light headed due to fast breathing, if one feels uncomfortable then he / she can stop the fast breathing and may hold the breath for about 10 seconds, or try to inhale and exhale in same plastic bag, and then continue normal breathing. (This dizziness is caused due to reduced carbon dioxide levels, which cause constriction of blood vessels in the brain, reducing blood flow to that part temporarily.)


  • Initially one should start slowly by 30 Inhalation and exhalations in 1 minute, and slowly build the speed to 60 rounds in 1 minute. You may practice it for about 3 minutes.
  • After practicing for 15 to 20 days, one can increase the speed to about 80 rounds per minute and then you may even do 120 rounds in 1 minute.

Mr. Gandhar Mandlik (Rishi Dharmachandra)

References -


  • Prana Pranayama Prana Vidya - Swami Niranjananda Saraswati (Bihar School of Yoga, Munger)
  • Pranayama - Yogacharya Vishwas Mandlik (Rishi Dharmajyoti), Yoga Vidya Gurukul, Nasik.
  • Pranayama - Swami Kuvalayananda (Kaivalyadham, Mumbai)