You must have come across this asana sometime while watching TV in the morning. Yes, we’re talking about the Kapalbhati Pranayama. It is one of the easiest but the most beneficial yoga poses which has so many benefits.
Before teaching you how to practice this yoga asana, I must tell you how Kapalbhati Pranayama got its name. This asana has derived its name from a Sanskrit term ‘Kapaal’ which means skull and ‘Bhati’ which meaning shining.
When you’ll practice this pose regularly, you will see that your skin has become glowing and problem-free. It is true that you won’t be able to gain perfection overnight. If you want to derive the benefits from this asana, you need to buck up and practice hard for this.
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All the yoga asanas which involve breath control are important for our development. The term Pranayama is linked with the breathing itself. It blesses you with a hale and hearty mind and body. If you’ve noticed anyone doing this yoga asana, you must have seen that this asana involves passive inhales and aggressive exhales. This basically detoxifies our body. All the impurities of our body are flushed out when we exhale aggressively in this pose.
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How to perform Kapalbhati Pranayama?
Step 1: Start the pose by sitting in a relaxed position. Sit with your back straight with no bends in the spine.
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Step 2: Place your hands on your knees with your palms rested on your knees.
Step 3: Shift your focus to the lower belly. You can also put your palms on your lower belly instead of your knees.
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Step 4: Inhale lightly through your nose.
Step 5: Take a short breath by contracting your lower belly. Press your lower belly softly with your palms.
Step 6: Your inhaling should be submissive and you should pay attention to exhaling alone.
Step 7: you can breathe for 65-70 times per minute for the start. When you’ll get perfect at it, increase your breath to 95-105 times per minute. If in case you start feeling dizzy, stop it at once.
Step 8: use your nostrils for inhaling and mouth for exhaling. Do this for 15-20 minutes.
Benefits of Kapalbhati Pranayama
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- It helps clear the sinus. So it is an excellent remedy if you catch a cold too frequently.
- It detoxifies your lung and strengthens your respiratory system.
- It fortifies your immune system against allergies.
- It fortifies the abdominal muscles and diaphragm.
- It rejuvenates your brain and helps build up concentration power
- Regulates the normal functioning of the reproductive system.
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Precautions to take while performing Kapalbhati Pranayama
If you’re suffering from any heart problem, blood pressure issues or breathing problem, don’t practice this asana. Pregnant women should refrain from doing this asana.
Seek for expert’s assistance before performing this pose. Don’t start doing this pose just by reading it on the internet.