How to Practice Kapalbhati Pranayama

Frontal Brain Cleansing Breath - Skull Shining Breath

This video on how to practice Kapalbhati Pranayama is an excerpt from my online course Learn Pranayama Online. If you’re interested in the way that I instruct this and want to learn 21 Pranayamas, and 76 Techniques and Stages over a 5-Week Practice Routine, then please check it out!

Kapalbhati Pranayama Technique

Brings light and clarity to the frontal region of the brain.

  • Benefits: Helps engage in mental work; cleans the sinuses, respiratory passages, and the lungs; Saturates the blood with oxygen; Improves metabolic activity; Improves venous blood circulation by turning the diaphragm into a powerful pump; Invigorates the brain, pituitary and pineal glands; Strengthens, massages, and tones the abdominal organs; Improves digestion; Calms the mind for meditation; At the same time energizes the mind so that one is not overcome by sleep.

    Kapalbhati is also a cleansing practice, and is listed among the shatkarmas.

  • Contraindications: Do not do during nasal inflammation/infection. Do not practice if you suffer from heart disease, high blood pressure, vertigo, epilepsy, stroke, gastric ulcers. Do not practice if you are pregnant. If practiced late at night, it may prevent sleep.
  • Technique 1: Use a strong, forceful contraction of your diaphragm and abdominal muscles to exhale through your nose. Allow inhalation to occur without effort during the relaxation of your diaphragm and abdominal contraction.
  • Technique 2: Vam Kapalbhati – Same as 1 except only through the left nostril.
  • Technique 3: Dakshina Kapalbhati – Same as 1 except only through the right nostril.
  • Additional Techniques: With bandhas and retention.

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