Kapalbhati

Kapala means ‘skull’ and ‘Bhati’ means to’shine’. Thus, kapalabhati is an exercise the practise of which imparts glow to the skull.

Sit in either the Padmasana or Sukhasana position, keep the body erect. Place the hands on the knees. Inhale and exhale rhythmically and quickly. Then pull in the abdominal muscles and forcefully exhale.

Practise this kriya rapidly (60 to 120 times a minute). Then, after about two minutes, stop practising kapalabhati). Let the breathing be normal.

Note :

(1) While practising’ kapalabhati’, keep the chest and the shoulders steady.
(2) ‘Kapalabhati’ should be practised on an empty stomach.
(3) Those who suffer from high blood pressure or heart disease should not practise kapalabhati.

Repetition : Every day, before practising Pranayama.

Benefits :

(1) This kriya is beneficial to the respiratory system. Blood becomes purified when this kriya is practised.

(2) Kapalabhati makes the mind calm.

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