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Breathing Exercise (Pranayama) - Kapalabhati (Cleaning Breath)

Kapalabhati Kapalabhati is a Breathing Technique used specifically for cleansing. If we have a lot of mucus in the air passages or feel tension and blockages in the chest it is often helpful to breathe quickly. In this practice, we deliberately breathe faster and at the same time use only Abdominal Breathing, that is, diaphragmatic, not Chest Breathing. In Kapalabhati, the Breath is short, rapid, and strong. We use the lungs as a pump, creating so much pressure as they expel the air that all the waste is removed from the air passages, from the lungs up through the nostrils. Kapala means "skull," and bhati means "that which brings lightness." Kapalabhati is a good thing to do when we feel heavy or foggy in the head. If we have problems with the sinuses or feel numb around the eyes, Kapalabhati can help to clear this area as well.

The Kapalabhati and Bhastrika Breathing Techniques share the same general principle, namely that we clear the nasal passages with the force of the breath. As mentioned under Bhastrika, we must be very careful with these techniques because there is a danger of creating tension in the breath. We may also become dizzy when we breathe rapidly; for this reason we always conclude the practice of Kapalabhati with some slow breaths. It is important not to breathe rapidly too many times, but after a few rapid breaths take several slow ones in which we emphasize the long Exhalation.

One Round of Kapalabhati (Cleaning Breath)

Take two normal breaths. Inhale. Now exhale, pulling in your abdomen. Repeat twenty times, keeping a steady rhythm and emphasizing the exhalation each time. Then inhale, exhale completely, inhale fully and hold your breath for as long as you comfortably can. Slowly exhale.

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Article Comments
Friday 21st May 2010 at 3:15:45 PM  

My throat lower part is vibrating/moving during exhalation in kapalabhati. Is it normal? Please clarify

Tuesday 29th June 2010 at 1:20:47 PM  

is there any particular yoga exercise that will help the stomach to go in.

Tuesday 20th July 2010 at 2:20:22 PM  

hi i like this

Sunday 19th September 2010 at 10:20:45 PM  

really helps for PMS

Monday 22nd November 2010 at 6:18:16 AM  

is there any particular yoga exercise thatb will help the stomach to go in

Wednesday 8th December 2010 at 8:41:59 AM  

is this particular yoga exercise advisable for CAD patients ( after fixed a stunt)? no where mentioned in this

Sunday 23rd January 2011 at 10:07:42 PM  

Incredible for menstrual cramps!

majid ali
Friday 11th February 2011 at 6:12:53 AM  

exercises of youga seem to be effective in daily life for health
with regards from
Majid Ali

anil shegokar
Thursday 28th April 2011 at 10:27:29 AM  

i like a morning yoga

Bijeesh K
Monday 1st August 2011 at 9:15:34 AM  

Really nice info...

Wednesday 14th December 2011 at 1:26:40 AM  

suggest any good pose to reduce lower body please.

Thursday 19th January 2012 at 9:31:14 AM  

which breathing exercise is best to lower blood pressure

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