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Kapalbhati

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Kapalbhati

Sthiti:Any meditative posture eg Suḳāsana/Padmāsana/Vajrāsana

Technique

  • Sit in any meditative posture.
  • Close the eyes and relax the whole body.
  • Inhale deeply through both nostrils, expand the chest.
  • Expel the breath with forceful contractions of the abdominal muscles and relax.
  • Do not strain.
  • Continue active/forceful exhalation and passive inhalation.
  • Complete 30 rapid breaths, then take a deep breath and exhale slowly.
  • This is one round of Kapalabhati.
  • Each round shall be followed by deep breathing.
  • Repeat 2 more rounds.

Breathing :Forceful exhalation by contracting the abdominal muscles, without any undue movements in the chest and shoulder region. Inhalation should be passive throughout the practice.

Number of rounds: Beginners can practice up to 3 rounds of 20 breaths each. The count and rounds can be increased gradually over a period of time.

Benifits

  • Kapalabhati purifies the frontal air sinuses; helps to overcome cough disorders.
  • It is useful in treating cold, rhinitis, sinusitis, asthma and bronchial infections.
  • It rejuvenates whole body, and keeps the face young and vibrant.
  • It balances and strengthens the nervous system and tones up the digestive system.

A Word of Caution

  • Please avoid this practice in case of cardiac conditions and giddiness, high blood pressure, vertigo, chronic bleeding in the nose, epilepsy, migraine, stroke, hernia and gastric ulcers.

Source: Ministry of AYUSH



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