What Is Vashisht Pranayama?

Vashisht Pranayama is also known as the inverted breathing technique. It is one of the most fruitful pranayamas that not only helps you achieve peace of mind and a calm state of being but also gives your body incredible health benefits.

It helps restore the natural balance in our body by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, or ‘rest-and-digest’ response we experience when we are calm and relaxed.

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How To Do Vashisht Pranayam?

Vashisht Pranayama

As we have mentioned above, this is a very simple pranayama technique that you can practice either lying position or in a seated position. Since it simpler for beginners in lying position so we have mentioned the detailed steps in lying position only.

1. Take a deep breath and lie down on your yoga mat. Ensure that your spine is aligned straight.

2. Bend your legs such that your ankles are around half feet away from your hips.

3. Face your palm upwards and relax.

4. Start with a slow and deep exhalation

5. Your stomach goes inwards as you exhale and take your stomach outwards as you inhale.

Try to visualize it as if a balloon is being inflated when you inhale and as you exhale, it gets slowly deflated.

Slower and deeper the breathing flow in this pranayama more effective it would be for you.

5. Practice this pranayama technique for around 5-10 minutes and then relax.

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Benefits of Vashisht Pranayam

Wondering how this yoga pose benefits you? Let’s find it out:

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  • Strengthen Abdominal Muscles

    When you breathe in, your perineum muscles (the muscles between the anus and the pubis) are contracted and when you exhale, these muscles are relaxed.

  • Better blood circulation

    It helps to spread more oxygen throughout the body, which assists in better functioning of different body parts. Also, when more oxygen goes to the tissues and cells, you get rid of harmful bacteria and viruses, thereby boosting immunity.

  • Increases lung capacity

    Vashisht Pranayam forces your diaphragm to expand entirely, creating a space to be filled with air.

  • Relives stress

    This pose also helps in relieving stress through appropriate breathing and better respiration. Practicing this pose daily can help those with anxiety feel calm and peaceful.


  • If you are suffering from any respiratory ailments such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, or sinusitis, it is best to avoid this pranayama as it can worsen your condition.
  • If you are experiencing a headache, it is better to avoid this pranayama as it might aggravate your headache.


Vashisht Pranayama is one of the most effective pranayamas that you can practice to calm your mind, reduce stress, induce sleep and improve your overall health.

It is also an effective technique for people who suffer from insomnia and sleep disorders.

So, are you going to include it in your yoga sessions from tomorrow? Comment below

Share with your friends and family to encourage them to do this helpful yoga pose.

Happy Yogaing!

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