Kapalbharti Pranayama: Steps, Benefits & Precautions

This blog is about one of the most common yoga practices i.e. Kapalbharti Pranayama.

If you love the feeling of calmness, peace, and relaxation but are very busy with work and are too much occupied for the day, you may not enjoy the feeling of calmness, peace, and relaxation to its greater extends.

But do you know that you can experience all these amazing feelings by doing some Pranayama, which is a yoga practice?

Yoga helps you to experience, explore and discover the energies of life. It also helps you to unite your mind, body, and soul. One of the well-known yoga practice for this is Kapalbharti Pranayama.

Kapalbharti Pranayama
Kapalbharti Pranayama

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Kapalbharti comes from the word “Kapal,” meaning “forehead and “bhati,” meaning “to shine.”

Some experts believe that practicing Kapalbharti will bring a natural glow to your face. Want to know more about this yoga practice? Then this article is especially for you!

In this article, you will get to know how to do Kapakbharti Pranayama, its Benefits on your Mind and Body, Some Precautions, Conclusion, and Some FAQs.

Getting into Position

Kapalbhati Kriya (Skull Shining Breath)

How to do Kapalbharti Pranayama

Step 1

Start this practice with correct posture, you can sit on the floor in any comfortable position you like, but make sure to keep your spine straight throughout the practice. You can also keep your eyes closed during the practice.

Step 2

In Kapalbharti Pranayama, your exhalation is active and inhalation is inactive. You need to just focus on exhalation. You need to exhale with your stomach, make sure with each exhalation you push your Stomach inward (Refer to the above image).

Step 3

If you are doing this for the first time then make sure you don’t overdo it. As a beginner you should not do it more than 100 times, 60 to 80 exhalation is considered best for beginners. Gradually you can increase it to 150 to 200.

Step 4

Morning is the best time for this practice, but you can also do this in the evening if you want to, but make sure you don’t do this practice after a meal, keep at least a gap of 3 hours to perform kapalbharti after food intake.

Benefits of Kapalbhrati

Like other asana and yoga practices, Kapalbhrati Pranamaya has many benefits that will keep your body healthy and your mind active. Here are some of the benefits of practicing Kapalbhrati:

  • Good for the stomach muscles, liver, and pancreas.
  • Increases the blood flow in the abdominal area.
  • Improves digestion.
  • Decreases gastric problems.
  • Helps to lose belly fats.
  • Improve function and capacity of the lungs.
  • Removes blockage in the heart and lungs.
  • Improves concentration and memory.
  • Gives a natural glow to your skin.
  • Make you feel more energetic throughout the day.

Not sure about which yoga asana to do as a beginner? Then make sure to check this amazing blog of 5 Most Common Yoga Poses for Complete Beginners

Prioritize Your Safety

As there is a long list of benefits of Kapalbhrati practices, there is also a lot of important precautions. Consult a doctor before starting any exercise regime. Avoid doing this practice if you have serious back issues, high blood pressure, headache, pregnancy, or have gone through any recent surgery.

If you have any of these problems then consider practicing under the supervision of an experienced yoga teacher.

Conclusion

The practice of Kapalbhrati Pranayama is for people who not only want to improve their breathing conditions but also their posture. This yoga practice improves your breathing conditions, overall health, and improve abdominal organs.

Also, it does not require any equipment or big spaces. You can perform it in an open field where trees surround you or in the comfort of your own space i.e your home.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long it takes to achieve the benefits of this Kapalbharti Pranayama?

Doing Kapalbharti for just a few minutes every morning for a few weeks is enough to experience the benefits of this divine practice.

What do I need to do before and after Kapalbharti Pranayama?

Since it is advisable to practice Kapalbharti every morning, you must perform your yoga asanas first and after that, you can practice Kaplbharti Pranayama. After Kapalbharti you should take at least 10 deep breaths.

Is it fine if I perform this yoga practice in the evening?

Morning is the best time for this practice, but you can also do this in the evening if you want to, but make sure you don’t do this practice after a meal, keep at least a gap of 3 hours to perform kapalbharti after food intake.

This article was written by Lotus Kitty, modified & optimized by Lets Yoga.

Kapalbharti is a Kriya not a Pranayama, To learn more about it make sure to read this article – Kapalbhati Kriya | An easy guide for Skull Shining Breath ‘By- Lets Yoga’

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