The Significance of Kapalbhati Pranayam In Yogic Breathing Practices

 

What is Kapalbhati?

 

Kapalbhati is an essential component of Shatkarma or Shatkriya, which refers to the traditional Yogic body cleansing and purification techniques mentioned in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. It is a type of Pranayama that helps the practitioner eliminate different ailments from the body affecting mental, psychological, and physical health. Besides, Kapalbhati is also known for its effectiveness in weight loss and management.

The word Kapalbhati is formed from two words, i.e. Kapal, which means the skull, and Bhati, which can be translated as shining or lustrous. While many breathing techniques in Yoga practices focus on muscular control during inhalation, Kapalbhati emphasizes active exhalation to oxygenate the body. The underlying idea is to cleanse the brain, nasal passages, sinuses, and the body through short and strong exhalations of air ultimately supplying them with oxygen-rich blood.

Kapalbhati is not considered to be a formal pranayama practice by some yogis because it doesn’t involve the retention of breath, however, it is highly revered among all the Yogic breathing exercises. Besides, Kapalbhati also plays a significant role in breath training and helps individuals prepare themselves for the practice of Bhastrika, a pranayam that involves a greater flow of oxygen to the body.

From the perspective of many Yogis, no exercise can match the importance of Kapalbhati yoga in improving the oxygenation of the blood and spiritual benefit. Kapalbhati practice cleanses the body of Kapha, purifies the subtle energy currents or nadis, and awakens the energies along the Sushumna Nadi.

 

How to Do Kapalbhati Pranayam?

 

A steady repetition of forced exhalations lies at the core of Kapalbhati practice. Every exhalation that you push outward comes from a powerful thrust of the abdomen which quickly relaxes and breath flows into the lungs again due to the recoil. Once the inhalation is done, the respiratory system is ready for the next thrust of the abdomen to continue the breathing process.

Each cycle of exhalation and inhalation is considered to be one breath of the Kapalbhati pranayam procedure and the number of repetitions per round is decided depending on the capacity of the practitioner. Note that the breathing should be only through the nose.

Here’s how the Kapalbhati steps can be practiced in the right way.

 

 

 

Asan

It is recommended to practice Kapalbhati asan in a calm and quiet environment. Kapalbhati is more beneficial when done in a well-ventilated space or in the open in clean air.

 

Sitting posture

Once you have decided the place, put a yoga mat, and sit in the Padmasana posture by placing each foot on the opposite thigh. People who find it hard to sit in this posture can initially begin with the Sukhasana posture and then gradually practice the Padmasana or lotus position.

Now, keep your spine straight and place your hands on your knees. Then close your eyes and try to empty your mind.

 

Hand gesture

During mediation or Pranayam, different hand gestures or mudras are used to stimulate different parts of the body involved with breathing and guide the flow of energy through the mind-body connection. For Kapalbhati, Vayu or Gyan mudra is practiced.

 

Breathing technique

Kapalbhati involves rapid exhalation followed by automatic inhalation. Start with neutral breathing. Then take a deep breath in through the nose and exhale it fast. During the exhalation, your stomach will be pulled inwards.

Beginners tend to use chest muscles to create forceful exhalation, but that’s not right. It distorts the sitting posture, shakes the whole body, and the exhalation process becomes faulty. Everything else except the abdomen should be resting firmly.

The trick to getting this right is to start at a slower speed first. Initially, one can start with just one exhalation per second. With practice, the movement of the breath will become comfortable and one can go faster. It is important to note that there shouldn’t be any pauses between a set of rapid breaths.

Time sessions

During the initial stages, one can aim for 20-40 times of inhalations and exhalations for a single round or set of Kapalbhati. Gradually, they can increase it to 50-100 breaths per round.

 

Benefits of Practicing Kapalbhati

 

Kapalbhati Pranayam has numerous health benefits which are mentioned as follows.

  • Weight lossThe traditional practice of Kapalbhati cleanses the toxins from the body present in any form. In addition, the profound breathing involved in Kapalbhati increases oxygenation in the body and improves metabolism thereby promoting weight loss.
  • Better digestive system Practicing Kapalbhati regularly can improve digestion and provide relief from common gastric problems like gastritis and duodenitis.
  • Promotes proper blood circulation Kapalbhati breathing exercise is a good way to improve blood circulation throughout the whole body.
  • Controls blood sugar levelCertain studies have shown that the Kapalbhati Pranayam has a significant impact on the blood glucose levels of individuals with diabetes and aids in reducing it.
  • Builds concentration As Kapalbhati improves the flow of oxygen to the brain, it provides more energy to it which helps to increase concentration and makes you sharp.
  • Benefits for the heart Kapalbhati is a wonderful exercise for improving heart health. It keeps the blood pressure in balance and helps to relieve stress and depression which is one of the causes of heart attacks.
  • Benefits for the brainKapalbhati rejuvenates the brain cells and helps to increase the concentration power and the ability to make better decisions.
  • Improves the quality of skin and hair Kapalbhati increases the flow of oxygen to the head and face region while also cleaning the toxins from the areas and reducing free radicals. This gives the face a radiant glow and improves hair growth.

 

Incorporating Kapalbhati in your life

 

 

Kapalbhati is an essential part of several yogic practices and systems and offers immense benefits when practiced regularly with the right technique. In the classical Hatha yoga system, it is performed to cleanse the airways, lungs, and purify the Nadis to influence the flow of prana from them. In the practice of pranayama, it is performed to prepare oneself for the vigorous breathing practice of Bhastrika or bellows breath.

As Kapalbhati works very well to soothe the respiratory system, it is also performed before the start of any advanced pranayama practices. In the context of Kundalini yoga, the Kapalbhati pranayama can awaken the dormant Kundalini power which then starts to move up the Sushumna Nadi.

The benefits of Kapalbhati for the mind, body, and spirit are many and profound. Start with this practice slowly under the guidance of an expert yoga practitioner and see how it transforms you from within.

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    Greetings and Namaskar from Govardhan Ecovillage. Serene and untouched by the modern World – this beautiful jungle retreat is set over 85 acres, just a 2-hours’ drive from Mumbai, India – in the foothills of the Sahyadri mountains. The retreat was built with love following the vision Radhanath Swami had of creating simple living and high thinking We are humbled to be recognised by UNWTO with an award for sustainable tourism. One of our very special activities include the Day Visit/Tour wherein one can explore our Vrindavan Forest along with the daily chores that happen. On this Day Visit one gets everything to know about this Vrindavan Forest nestled in the lap of nature. This is followed by a guided tour where our representative provides every bit information about the Vrindavan Forest . This Day Visit at Govardhan Ecovillage provides you with the opportunity to explore the unexplored serenity of nature along with some exclusive species of birds chirping through the dense forest that makes you wonder the ecstasy showered by Mother Earth. At the end of this Day Visit, you are certain to have some great memories that you'd carry for long, wondering what you have been missing for all these years. There are absolutely no charges for day visit except meals. Our Guided Vrindavan forest tour is also available for free. It takes a maximum of 2hrs for a complete tour of our Vrindavan Parikrama. Day Visit timings are from 10am to 6pm everyday and 7 days a week. For any queries you can freely contact us on 9920055993/9167204666 Day Visitors policy is as below - Due to corona pandemic restriction Day Visit tour is restricted till Vrindavan Forest area and not further. Goshala visit is not allowed. Vehicle facility for senior citizens are not available, so please plan accordingly. Playing sports which may cause potential harm to landscape plantation is strictly discouraged. Vrindavan Forest Tour Timings 1. 10:30am to 12pm 2. 11:30am to 1pm 3. 12:30pm to 2pm 4. 2:30pm to 4pm 5. 4pm to 5:30pm 6. 5pm to 6:30pm Our Policy regarding prasadam is as follows- Buy Coupons in advance. Breakfast Timings 8:30am to 9:30am at Shrinathji Cafe (Rs.50/- per person) Lunch Timings 1.00pm to 2.00pm at Shrinathji Cafe(Rs.100/- per person) or annakshetra hall(Pay as you like) Dinner Timings 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Shrinathji Cafe(Rs.100/- per person) Light snacks items are available at cafe counter on retail price. Coupons timings - For Breakfast coupon booking accepted before 8p.m day before For Lunch coupon booking accepted between 8 a.m - 10 a.m For Dinner coupon booking accepted Before 2p.m Visitors coming in groups are requested to call and make advance payment for meals one day before between 10am to 6pm. For Payment details contact on... Srinath Ji cafe contact No.. 9529591095 / 9146571403 Also apart from breakfast timings... snacks like tea, cookies etc etc will be available between 8am-12pm and 5pm-8pm Visitors may click photos with "mobile phones" at GEV but not the deities of Sri Sri Radha Madan Mohan Lalitadevi. Also "Photography with professional cameras" within GEV campus needs prior permission from the concerned authorities (Email your request to dayvisits@iskcongev.com). Kindly note: - GEV is a spiritual ashram, not a tourist spot. Please spend your time hearing and discussing about Lord Krishna. - Please don’t pluck Flowers, Fruits and leaves. - Please keep the Premises Clean, Use Dustbins; No Spitting - Please Take Care of Your Children - No Smoking, Tobacco, Gutka & Alcohol - No Outside Food & Drink - No loud talking on phone or playing of filmi music - Please Don’t Feed Fish in the water bodies - Please Don’t bathe in Yamuna - Please Take care of Your Belongings. Management is not responsible for any loss - Please Don’t feed outside food to the cows Note - Only E-mail communication on dayvisits@iskcongev.com is accepted, whatsapp or phone conversation will not be considered for day visit booking. Very Important- Considering the present Covid situation if the Maharashtra Government decides to close down temples in future, You may have to cancel your visit. Be in touch with GEV before coming at least a day before your visit. For any queries you can contact us on Day Visit office no. 9920055993/9167204666

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          Galtare, P.O. Hamrapur, Wada Taluka
          District Palghar - 421 303
          Maharashtra, India

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          Donations: +91-9370950813

          Office Time: (8.00 am to 7.00 pm)

          Day Visit: +91-9920055993

          Ayurveda: +91-9607938952

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