Kapalbhati is a powerful way of yoga practice, it does cleansing of your system. Kapal meaning skull, in this method kapal refers skull and all other organs of our body. Bhati means illuminating, so in simple words kapalbhati means illuminating your skull and all organs of body through yogic practice. The other name for kapalbhati is hatha yoga. This practice belongs to shatkarma. This kapalbhati is used mainly to clear out the cranial sinus, but there are other benefits like cure from anaemia. In this kapalbhati pranayama there involves mild and strong level of inhalation and exhalation. It should be practiced only by well trained yoga therapist guidelines. It is an advance level of yoga practice, so needs careful guidance from yoga therapist.
HOW TO DO KAPALBHATI?
You need to sit straight in padmasana, and then you need to close your eyes. Now relax yourself. Slowly do inhalation on two nostrils. Then you have to expand your chest well. Now you have to expel the breath, don’t over strain yourself. Next step you have to do is active exhalation and passive inhalation. Do it for 30 fast breaths similarly. Finally you have to do deep breathing and exhale slowly and gently. Then you can repeat the process like this. After completions of one full round you need to take a deep breath.
BENEFITS OF KAPALBHATI
- Aids in weight loss
- Boosts the immunity power
- Stomach muscles are strengthened
- Relief from constipation
- Enhance the blood circulation
- Treats breast cancer
- Nerve weakness gets treated
- Sperm count and sex stamina are increased
- Lung issues gets cured
- Menstrual periods issues are resolved
- Renal stones gets cure
- Bone get strengthen
- Uterine fibroids are treated well on women
- Acidity problem is relieved
- Energy levels in body are increased
- Your skin gets glowing naturally
- Pimples gets cure
- Vascular veins are treated well
- Hair loss are prevented
- It prevents premature greying of hair
- Relax the mind and calm down it
- Stress and anxiety gets relieved
- Insomnia is treated effectively
- Kundalini awakening
If you have regular practicing of kapalbhati then you can remain younger and healthier, also your longevity is increased by practicing this kapalbhati pranayama.
Calmness in us cannot be attained easily, but if you do this kapalbhati pranayama, you can remain in the calmness within you throughout and feel it well.
SIDE EFFECTS OF OVERDOING KAPALBHATI
- Thoughts gets instable
- When eyes closed, feeling all is moving continuously around us.
There is a strong belief by health experts on deep research that this kapalbhati pranayamam should not be practiced by everyone. Few people need to avoid practicing this kapalbhati pranayamam they are;
KAPALBHATI TO BE AVOIDED DURING
- Gastric ulcer
- Chronic bleeding on nose region
There are three different types of kapalbhati they are vatakrama kapalbhati, vyutkrama kapalbhati and sheetkrama kapalbhati.
This vatakrama kapalbhati is same like bhastrika, it is also a method seen in pranayama. There exhalation is active and inhalation is passive.
This vyutkrama kapalbhati is same like jala neti, in this method through nostrils sniffing of water is done, then making it to come out from the mouth, afterwards you can spit the water out.
This sheetkrama kapalbhati is opposite to vyutkrama kapalbhati, in this yogic practice water will be taken by mouth, which is later on expelled out by nose.
During menstrual cycle you can avoid during kabalbhati, you can practice pranayamam, other yoga methods. Avoid doing bhaya and kapalbhati. If you’re beginner in kapalbhati practice then do it one minute in a day. Slowly you can increase doing it.
The health benefits of kapalbhati are explained briefly below;
Weight loss- To reduce your excess weight and lose your belly fat try to practice this kapalbhati pranayama, it is a natural way to reduce weight, thus helping in weight management. It is a easy and effective way to reduce your belly fat too.
Diabetes- If you want to control your blood sugar do regular practice of kapalbhati pranayama, if your sugar level is higher, then do this kapalbhati for half an hour in an empty stomach, daily do it twice in morning and in evening.
Digestion- Do it regularly this kapalbhati pranayama, then your digestive system is activated and activating the apan vayu, thus further helps in effective digestion of food.
Breast cancer- On regular practice of this kapalbhati breast cancer can be treated well. In initial stage of breast cancer it can be treated well using this yoga practice.
Blood circulation- It improves the blood circulation naturally. Low blood circulation is the primary cause for cold hands, dry nails, and hair loss and skin allergies. So you can remain healthier by stay out protected from this disorder.
Constipation- Unhealthy lifestyle pattern is the primary cause of constipation, do this kapalbhati regularly to get cured from constipation.
Stomach muscles strengthened- Our abdomen muscles get good exercise by this kapalbhati, since good inhalation and exhalation is found, also hold by our abdomen. Thus our abdominal muscles get strengthened.
Nerve weakness- If you have nerve weakness issues, then do this kapalbhati pranayam and stay benefited out. Every nerve in your body is energized.
Immunity power- Your immunity power is increased on regular practice of kapalbhati, higher the immunity power, lesser the disease occurrence chance in body.
Sex stamina and sperm count increased- Your sex mood is increased by this kapalbhati, sperm count is increased. Thus infertility issues are resolved by this yogic practice technique.
Cures lung problems- Within 20 days on twice a day practice of this kapalbhati pranayama, will cure your lung issues. Very serious lung disease patients must avoid it, since for them it would be highly difficult and discomfort.
The major health benefits are discussed above, still it does many wonders in healing several ailments, does this kind of yoga techniques are most appreciable one and must be in practice.