Kapalabhati is pronounced KAH-pah-lah-BAH-tee.
The Breath of Fire is a powerful yoga breathing technique that emphasizes a pattern of quick exhalations followed by passive inhalations.
Benefits of the Breath of Fire – Kapalabhati Breathing
It cleans and purifies the respiratory system, invigorates the vital organs of digestion, and strengthens the nervous system. Due to the swift and sharp exhalations, a shift in pressure occurs in the cerebral spinal fluid. This causes a massaging effect on the brain, enlivening every cell, and creating an “aura’ of light and vitality around the skull. According to yogis, it has a positive influence on both the third and sixth chakras.
How to do the Breath of Fire – Kapalabhati Breathing
The breath of fire is best practiced on an empty stomach and is not to be practiced if you are pregnant, menstruating or have high blood pressure, recent abdominal surgery, heart disease, severe lung disease, hiatal hernia, or glaucoma. Do not use too much force and be cautious if you have digestive or respiratory problems. If you have questions, please consult a qualified teacher.
Practice three rounds daily.
Come into a comfortable seated position with your spine erect. Take a few deep breaths and relax.
Exhale quickly and completely through the nostrils by contracting (snapping) the abdominal muscles toward the spine. Follow this with a passive inhalation. Repeat this several times slowly. The secret is in the rapid pumping of air out from the lower lobes of the lungs, followed by a passive inhalation that occurs naturally and automatically. The exhalation is active and the inhalation is passive.
To learn the proper amount of effort needed for each exhalation …