Kapalabhati Pranayama Provides Purification and Strengthening of Internal Organs

Kapalabhati Pranayama is a milder form of Bhastrika Pranayama. This process or Kriya invigorates the pancreas, liver and spleen in addition to strengthening the abdominal muscles. Digestion can also improve as a result of massaging of the internal organs from the pumping action of the diaphragm. A feeling of exhilaration occurs after several rounds of Kapalabhati due to increased circulation and oxygen intake. Kapalabhati should be done instead of Bhastrika if Bhastrika is too strenuous.

Sit in a comfortable cross-legged position, or in half or full lotus. Hands may be in Jnana Mudra, resting on the knees. Inhale deeply through the nose. Exhale forcefully and quickly through the mouth with tightened lips. The belly and diaphragm should contract and press toward the spine with each exhale.

The process of Kapalabhati is the same as Bhastrika, except for the initial inhale. The inhale in Kapalabhati is passive and longer. The exhale is forceful and dynamic. With each exhale, press the navel into the spine. You should feel the lower abdomen pumping in and forcing the air out of the lungs.

An inhalation and exhalation is one round. A series of ten rounds should be increased to a series of thirty or more over a period of time. The breath enters through the nose and releases either through the nose or pursed lips, making a hissing sound on the exhale.

Rest in Savasana upon completion.


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