Kapalbhati Kriya | An easy guide for Skull Shining Breath

This blog is about Kapalbhati Kriya, which is also known as Skull Shining Breath and Breath of Fire.

Almost 80 percent of toxins present in our body are released through exhalation. In kapalbhati kriya, we need to exhale forcefully, therefore the consistent practice of this kriya helps in detoxifying all the different systems present in our body. Besides cleansing our system, skull shinning breath also has a lot of other benefits too!

Kapalbhati Kriya (Skull Shining Breath)
Kapalbhati Kriya (Skull Shining Breath)

Brief Introduction

First of all, Kapalbhati is a Kriya, not a Pranayama because it is a type of Shatkriya (also known as Shatkarma) which is a form of body cleansing technique, it is also recommended to perform kapalbhati before any other pranayama (breathing exercises) because kapalbhati cleanses our system, which helps other pranayamas to benefit us more. So next time if you heard anyone saying Kapalbhati Pranayama, send this blog to that person 😛

Note – There is a blog on our website titled as ‘Kapalbharti Pranayama: Steps, Benefits & Precautions‘, here it is mentioned ‘Kapalbharti Pranayama’ The reason is we have not made this article, this article was published by LotusKitty.com as Guest Post on our site.

Pronunciation

In order to pronounce Kapalbhati Kriya, trying saying (KAH-palh-BHA-tee KRI-yaa)

Meaning

In Kapalbhati, Kapal means forehead/skull and bhati means to shine, whereas, In Kriya, Kri means action/ efforts and Ya means Atman (Soul).

Difficulty

Talking about the difficulty, Kapalbhati Kriya is a Beginner friendly yogic practice.

Step-By-Step Instructions for Skull Shining Breath

How to do Kapalbhati Kriya (Skull Shining Breath)

Step 1

For kapalbhati Kriya, sit in any comfortable position you like, but make sure to keep your spine straight. You can also seat near a wall to support your back if you want. You can either keep your eyes close or open.

Step 2

Now, applying a little force exhale through your nose and at the same time allow your stomach to move inwards. Skull Shining Breath is an active exhalation and passive inhalation process, this means you don’t have to concentrate on your inhalation, you just have to exhale with force while allowing your stomach to move in the backward direction, you will notice that you have started inhaling automatically.

Step 3

You can repeat this for at least 20-30 times for 2-3 rounds, between each round take a break of at least 30 seconds in which take deep breaths and focus on your inhalation and exhalation, and relax. Then continue your next round.

Benefits

Benefits of Kapalbhati Kriya (Skull Shining Breath) are as follow –

  • Helps in detoxifying all the different systems present in our body especially the respiratory system
  • Increases blood circulation of abdominal organs
  • Improve digestion
  • Consistent practice of kapalbhati helps reducing belly fat
  • Strengthen respiratory system and increases lungs capacity
  • Calms the mind
  • Energizes the body
  • Improves focus
  • Consistent practice also leads to a glowing facial skin

Contraindication

Kapalbhati Kriya (Skull Shining Breath) should be avoided if you have any kind of heart disease or high blood pressure or have gone through any recent surgery. Also, this kriya should not be practiced during pregnancy or if you have menstrual periods.

If you have any one of these problems then consider consulting a doctor or practice under the supervision of an experienced Yoga teacher.

Precautions

Avoid doing this kriya very fast, do it slowly with full presence of mind. If you have any kind of heart disease then consider exhaling very slowly. If you have high blood pressure, then consider decreasing the rate of kapalbhati kriya. In pregnancy, avoid contracting the abdominal muscle forcefully, it can harm the unborn baby.

Beginner’s Tip

If you are practicing kapalbhati kriya for the first time or let’s say you are a beginner, then consider practicing up to 3 rounds of 20 breaths each, you can increase the count and rounds gradually.

What After Kapalbhati Kriya?

As kapalbhati kriya cleanses and detoxifies all the systems present in our body, especially the respiratory system, this helps other pranayamas after kapalbhati to benefit us more. So, after this kriya, you can practice any pranayama or any other breathing exercise of your choice. More beneficial or smart choice includes slow deep breathing like Ujjayi or Bhramari Pranayama.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

How to pronounce Kapalbhati Kriya?

In order to pronounce Kapalbhati Kriya, trying saying (KAH-palh-BHA-tee KRI-yaa)

What does Kapalbhati Kriya means?

In Kapalbhati, Kapal means forehead/skull and bhati means to shine, whereas, In Kriya, Kri means action/ efforts and Ya means Atman (Soul).

What are the benefits of Skull Shining Breath?

The following are some benefits of Skull Shining Breath:
1. Helps in detoxifying all the different systems present in our body especially the respiratory system
2. Increases blood circulation of abdominal organs
3. Improve digestion
4. Consistent practice of kapalbhati helps reducing belly fat
5. Strengthen respiratory system and increases lungs capacity
6. Calms the mind
7. Energizes the body
8. Improves focus
9. Consistent practice also leads to a glowing facial skin

How to do Kapalbhati Kriya perfectly?

Follow these 3 steps in order to perform kapalbhati kriya perfectly:
Step 1-
For kapalbhati Kriya, sit in any comfortable position you like, but make sure to keep your spine straight. You can also seat near a wall to support your back if you want. You can either keep your eyes close or open.
Step 2- Now, applying a little force exhale through your nose and at the same time allow your stomach to move inwards. Skull Shining Breath is an active exhalation and passive inhalation process, this means you don’t have to concentrate on your inhalation, you just have to exhale with force while allowing your stomach to move in the backward direction, you will notice that you have started inhaling automatically.
Step 3- You can repeat this for at least 20-30 times for 2-3 rounds, between each round take a break of at least 30 seconds in which take deep breaths and focus on your inhalation and exhalation, and relax. Then continue your next round.

What After Kapalbhati Kriya?

After Kapalbhati Kriya, you can practice any pranayama or any other breathing exercise of your choice. More beneficial or smart choice includes slow deep breathing like Ujjayi or Bhramari Pranayama.

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