Kapalabhati

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Practice Benefits

Kapalabhati is a breathing exercise that is extremely energizing and generates internal heat from out core out to our extremities. It consists of short explosive exhales and long passive inhales. Exhales are generated by powerful contractions of the lower belly that push out air from the lungs. The contractions that power the exhales are initiated between the pubis and navel. 

Find a comfortable seat either on the floor or in a chair and rest your hand on your lower belly.

Take a few breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. 

Begin by inhaling through your nose and only fill up your lungs 3/4 of the way. 

Quickly and forcefully exhale while pulling the navel in towards the spine.

Inhale and let the lungs fill up naturally and without force.

Repeat this exercise 10 times and then return the breath back to normal

This breathing exercise strengthen and tones the diaphragm and abdominal muscles, cleanses lungs and respiratory system, and warms the body. Since Kapalabhati is a warming breath, I find it enjoyable to practice in the mornings to wake up, and in the evenings if I need an energy boost. This exercise is also great to practice in cold weather since it builds internal heat from the inside.

I recommend this practice to Teenagers, Adults, and Seniors that are looking to energize and warm the body with breath. Do not practice Kapalabhati if you are pregnant, have high blood pressure, acid gastric issues, heart disease, or abdominal pain. You should also stop or slow down if you feel dizzy or anxious.

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