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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Kapalbhati Pranayama

Kapalbhati Pranayama , another type of breathe control exercise, if practiced regularly, helps to get cure various ailments better than medicines or other therapies.
As the name suggests, "Kapal" means forehead and "bhati" means shining. As a result of Kapabhati Pranayama, a glow appears on the forehead of the person performing it.

How to do it?
  • Kapalabhati is done in a sitting posture. The thumb rule is that the concentration must be on "exhaling". Inhaling does not need attention, must be as usual.
  • Exhale and make sure that the abdominal muscles are contracted with each exhalation.
  • Exhaling must be continued without paying any attention to inhaling all the time.
  • Exhale as long as you can.
  • Kapalbhati pranayama is recommended to be practiced for about 5 minutes. If one feels comfortable then the duration can be increased to a maximum of 10 minutes.
  • Short breaks can be taken for a while at the beginning of Kapalbhati pranayama till one gets habitual of it.
  • Kapalabhati helps control obesity, diabetes, kidney and prostate diseases, heart, brain and lung problems and many other diseases
Benefits: cleansing, invigorating, warming, prevents illness and allergies

This breath control is a series of rapid, forced exhales followed by passive inhales. Yoga experts suggest doing it at the beginning of a yoga session. In Kundalini practice, Kapalabhati breath is sometimes done while holding poses.

  • Choose a cross-legged position for sitting and make sure that you feel comfortable.
  • Start with deep inhaling 2 or 3 times and exhale through the nose.
  • Inhale till you feel comfortable followed by sharp and forceful exhalations through the nose.
  • Make sure that the belly goes in with each exhalation.
  • Concentration must be on passive inhalations, and the cycle of forceful exhales and passive inhales must be continued at a fast pace, so that the belly is pumping continuously.
  • Do three rounds of thirty breaths each, coming back to deep inhales and exhales between each round.
  • Come back to normal breathing if you feel lightheaded at any time.

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