Cleansing breath – Kapalbhati

KapalbhatiKapalbhati

  • Sit in a comfortable seated position with the spine neck and head in alignment.
  • Have the eyes lightly closed.
  • Exhale through both nostrils with a forceful contraction of the abdominal muscles.
  • Let the following inhalation take place passively by allowing the abdominal muscles to relax.
  • Have the inhalation as a spontaneous recoil, involving no effort.
  • Continue in this way for ten breaths then take a few natural breaths.
  • This is one round, practice up to five rounds.

  • Rapid breathing originating from the abdomen. Begin with up to 10 breaths at a slow pace.
  • Once accustomed to this style of breathing and as the abdominal muscles strengthen gradually increase the number of breaths per round from 10 up to 50.

  • Keeping inhalation natural.
  • Quick and strong exhalation.
  • The movement of the abdomen.
  • Manipura chakra.

  • High blood pressure or heart disease.
  • Retinal problems, glaucoma or vertigo.
  • Hernia or gastric ulcer.
  • Stroke.
  • Epilepsy.

  • Cleanses the frontal lobes of the brain.
  • Stimulates the metabolic rate.
  • Generates heat in the body.
  • Massages and tones the abdominal organs.
  • Balances and strengthens the nervous system.
  • Increases concentration, focus and one-pointedness.
  • Induces peace and tranquility.

  • Never strain.