Are you the kinds who feel irritated with delicate pranayama practices and their even slower effects, then kapalabhati is one-stop solution for you.
Kapalabhati is a Sanskrit word where ‘Kapala’ means skull, and ‘bhati’ means "to shine." This dynamic purification exercise has noteworthy benefits like providing a bath of recently sanitized blood to the brain and clearance of nasal passages.
Followed by a submissive inhalation, kapalabhati consists of a spirited, forceful exhalation. Initially practice it at your own speed and then gradually attain proficiency to perform this asana rapidly.
Kapalabhati, as stated in the manual of hatha yoga, is one of the six purification exercises (also known as shat kriyas). This particular asana augments the exhalation ability of the lungs to drive out toxins and wastes. It further helps in strengthening the stamina needed for other hatha yoga practices.
It is most advisable to begin the pranayama with 10 repetitions per round, three rounds per sitting and one sitting per day, gradually increasing the number of repetitions per round by about five repetitions per week. Kapalabhati is usually practiced in a series of rounds. Each round should be separated by profound, smooth breathing until breathing stability is re-established.
Resembling the tick-tock of a clock, the rhythm should be regular and consistent. One exhalation- per second for a week should be maintained, then gradually adding up to the speed of the exhalations to two per second.
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