Kapalabhati means shining intellect, it is an excellent way to maintain your health and resist diseases. In this process, the organs under the skull mainly the brain and the small brain are influenced, thereby, improving the overall health. It is a Breathing Technique used specifically for cleansing. In Kapalabhati, the breath is short, rapid, and strong.
Technique of Kapalabhati Pranayama
In Kapalabhati Pranayama, we inhale normally and focus on rapid and forceful exhale.
- Sit comfortably, preferably with Padmasana (Lotus Position)
- Inhale intensely through nostril, expanding abdomen, exhale with the forceful contraction of abdominal muscles through nose. (Pull the abdomen in by quickly contracting the abdominal muscles). The air is thrust out of lungs by contraction of the diaphragm.
- Inhale effortlessly, just relax, lungs would be filled automatically. Practice 2 – 4 rounds, each round consisting of 12-15 breaths.
Benefits of Kapalabhati Pranayama
- Useful for its relaxing benefits
- Energize the mind
- Strengthen the respiratory system and the abdominal muscles
- It clears the respiratory passages, minimizing risks of infections and allergies in the respiratory system.
- Improve the flexibility of the diaphragm. As the diaphragm becomes stronger and more flexible, the risk of developing hernias also reduces drastically.
- It helps to improve blood circulation, especially to the lower half of the body
Avoid this exercise if
- You are heart patient
- You have high blood pressure
- You are suffering from Asthma
- Stop if feeling dizzy
- Ujjayi Pranayama or Occean Breath – Yoga Lesson Two (healthinessbox.com)
- Basic Breathing Techniques in Yoga – Lesson One (healthinessbox.com)
- Viloma Pranayama (Intermittent Breathing) – Yoga Lesson Three (healthinessbox.com)