Chest pain and coughing due to pranayama – kapalbahti and bhastrika



Dear AD,

In the month of July, I fainted due to exhaustion and low water content. I went through observation for a day and did MRI and EEG to observe any brain related issues – test were normal and nothing wrong in brain!!. To increase my mental strength and immunity, I started asthang pranayam under guidance of a person who learned yoga seeing 5 o’clock channel.

Initially all went well, my old migrane was cured and i started getting so much positive vibes within. But after 2 months of continuous practice (2 min udgit, 3-4 min soft Bhrastika, 10 min of constant Kapalbhati, Tribandh bahya pranayam, Agnisar, Ujjain and 10 min of Anulomvilom) I started getting chest pain (around mid Septemer). Initially I thought it might be a stretch or muscle pain. But then it started paining more day by day. I have consulted doctors for a valid reason, but even they could not find out anything. I even visited cardiologist to check if there is any heart related issue, but scan was normal and had no blockages. After a month of chest pain, in around October end, I started exhaling cough. Cough is thick and mix of light green color. I stopped doing pranayam from November and intensity of chest pain has reduced but its still persist. At this moment, I am having mild upper chest pain on both sides of chest with exhalation of cough.

I started researching for any side effect of wrong doing of Pranayam and found your blog really helpful. I am really in need of this cure as so far had many pain killers or digestion related tablets and there is no end to this chest pain. Kindly provide your valuable guidance.

Thanking you in advance,
Bhavin Modha.
n.b. Started taking Ayurvedic medicines to reduce or nullify this pain.

Beloved Bhavin,


To begin with I would like to quote one relevant shloka from some extremely revered authentic Yogic texts i.e. Samaveda Yogachoodamanyopanishad and Goraksh Samhita. It says –



Hiccups, Coughing, Asthma, pain in head, eyes, ears and innumerable ailments happen when prana-vayu gets disturbed. Effectively meaning … “with wrong methods of breathing one can create almost any disease especially pertaining to head and chest region.”

It is so very important warning that even hatha yoga pradeepika has also quoted the same thing in its shloka number 18, albeit with small minor change of words.. instead of “pavanasya vatikramaat” it uses the word “pavanasya prakopatah” which literally means due to ‘angered vayu’.

Had this not been important why great Yogis would ever mention it. They did! But how about today’s TV Gurus who are all out to get their fan following instead of truly and genuinely being concerned with your holistic growth. First – they have reduced this great system of Yoga to a health capsule and secondly they are not preaching/teaching it sequentially. It is Yoga Guru’s moral obligation towards his/her disciples or students to warn them of harmful effects of the practices if not practiced correctly and sequentially or without proper preparation.

Remember – Ahara Shuddhi, Vihara Shuddhi, Vichara Shuddhi and Nadi-Shuddi are unavoidable prerequisites to yoga practices and anyone who skips these suffers some or the other contraindications. The practitioner damages his/her own system (body). Here body does not mean only the physicality of it rather going deep till your pranamaya (energy body) kosha which is seat of your chakras and other spiritual centers.

In your case the physical expression of inner damage is happening in the form of coughing (increase of kapha privritti) and chest congestion. Unless you are viewed personally the extent of damage can not be assessed well however preliminary steps are being taken by you which is good.

All the Yoga practices (which includes pranayama and asana) should be IMMEDIATELY STOPPED by you. The Ayurvedic treatment should be continued till you are perfectly healed on physical level. Sitopaladi Churna with honey can be taken to relieve you from chest congestion and cough. Once your sputum gets clear and if your coughing still continues that is indicative of dry cough. You may consider taking drakshaarishta for two months thereafter. You can discuss it with your Ayurvedic physician and follow his instructions on diet and other important things.

Once you are healed completely you can visit any of our Tattva Shakti Vigyaan Camps which get organized at regular intervals in all major cities across India. Keep checking our website for upcoming programmes. If you are in hurry there is a regular monthly programme happening at Delhi Centre in Malviya Nagar, you can consider joining that. Tattva Shakti Vigyaan – Level I introduces you to all preparatory yogic and spiritual practices along with the secret science of using Elemental Energy for self-empowerment and transformation under the guidance of Gurumandala.

Bhavin, I am not sure how you chose to take help from a person who himself wasn’t aware of the basics of Yoga. Whatever has happened can not be repented for life however from now on you can make ‘reading the authentic yogic texts’ a habit, that will help you in staying informed about the path you wish to choose and also improve your discrimination – power.

Blessings from Masters..

– Ach. Agyaatdarshan Anand Nath

About Ach. Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath

Master AD, as Acharya Agyaatdarshan Anand Nath is lovingly called by his disciples, friends is a true Tantra Master. You can either love him or hate him but for sure you can NOT ignore him. He and his beloved consort Ma Shakti Devpriya Anand Nath are engaged in spreading scientific spirituality in masses through their Tattva Shakti Vigyaan initiation camps. Master AD, a poornabhishikta in Srividya (Krama System) has equal command on Yoga, Pranayama, Tantra and Kriya Yoga techniques and guides seekers worldwide through 'The Shakti Multiversity' platform.
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