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Kapalbhati Pranayama

 


"Kapal" means forehead and "bhati" means shining. Eventually, Kapabhati would bring about a glow on the face of the practitioner. Kapalabhati is done in a sitting posture. Focus is to be on "exhaling"while inhalation is normal.

Steps:
1.    Sit in any comfortable meditation asana, Padmasana as a first choice. With the head and spine straight and the hand resting on the knees.
2.    Close the eyes and relax the whole the body.
3.    Inhale deeply through both nostrils, expanding the abdomen.
4.    Exhale with the forceful contraction of he abdominal muscles. Do not strain.
5.    The next inhalation takes place by passively allowing the abdominal muscles to expand. Now exhale with the forceful contraction of he abdominal muscles.
6.    This is one round. Inhale and exhale after one round. Perform 3-5 rounds.

Benefits:
1.    Kapalbhati pranayama has cleansing effect on the lungs and whole respiratory tract.
2.    Boosts the supply of oxygen to body and purifies blood.
3.    Helps to tone up the abdominal muscles. It is also helpful in reducing belly fat.
4.    It improvises concentration span and helps to stay away from unwanted thoughts and prepares the mind for meditation. \
5.    It helps in diverting the breath upwards and in awakening Kundalini


Contraindications:
This should not be practiced by those suffering from heart disease, high blood pressure, epilepsy, vertigo, stroke, hernia or gastric ulcer.

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