Kapalabhati or Skull Shining Breath...Pranayama

"The benefits of practicing Kapalabhati on a regular basis are undeniable. In fact, many people believe that if there is just one pranayama that should be included in your daily routine, it should be Kapalbhati."

"When you do pranayama 80 percent of the toxins in our body are released through the outgoing breath. Regular practice of Kapal Bhati pranayama detoxifies all the systems in our body. And the obvious sign of a healthy body is a shining forehead.” Kapal Bhati literally translates to ‘the shining forehead’ and this is exactly what happens with regular practice of this pranayama. A forehead that glows not just from outside but also an intellect that becomes sharp and refined"

Let’s have a look at some of the benefits of practicing Kapalbhati breathing:

"This type of breathing exercise works on the heart and lungs and helps maximize their functioning. Kapalabhati improves digestion and reduces stomach problems such as gas, indigestion, and constipation. The intense movements of the abdominal muscles help tone the area and reduce fat around the stomach. According to ancient yoga texts, Kapalabhati breathing can remove negative thoughts through the process of skull cleansing. This cleansing also extends to the other charkas or energy pathways in the body and improves the flow of ‘Prana’ or Life Force through all parts of the body. Kapalabhati breathing if performed correctly can generate heat within the body. This helps rid the body of harmful toxins and prevent illnesses."

"When you do pranayama 80 percent of the toxins in our body are released through the outgoing breath. Regular practice of Kapal Bhati pranayama detoxifies all the systems in our body. And the obvious sign of a healthy body is a shining forehead.” Kapal Bhati literally translates to ‘the shining forehead’ and this is exactly what happens with regular practice of this pranayama. A forehead that glows not just from outside but also an intellect that becomes sharp and refined"

"Directions to practice:

Sit comfortably with your spine erect. Place your hands on the knees, palms open to the sky.

Take a deep breath in.

As you exhale, pull your stomach. Pull your navel in back towards the spine. Do as much as you comfortably can. You may keep your right hand on the stomach to feel the abdominal muscles contract. Pull the navel in.

As you relax the navel and abdomen, the breath flows into your lungs automatically.

Take 20 such breaths to complete one round of Kapal Bhati pranayama.

After completing the round, relax with your eyes closed and observe the sensations in your body.

Do two more rounds of Skull Shining breathing technique (Kapal Bhati pranayama)."

SW