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Kapalabhati - Yoga Postures and Poses

Kapalabhati Benefits: This asana is extremely beneficial for the respiratory system and nervous system and for enhancing brain activity.

Kapalabhati Description and Technique:

Kapala means the skull and bhati means luminosity. Kapalabhati is a breathing exercise and is generally done as a part of Pranayama although ancient texts do not consider it a part of Pranayama. It is done to clear the respiratory system of kapha or congestion.

Kapalabhati is best done in Padmasana. But if this position is difficult the beginners can do it in Swastikasana. In Swastikasana the legs are crossed just above the ankles. The person sits comfortably with straight back soles are thrust between the calf and thighs with knees touching the ground.

Kapalabhati asana can also be done by advanced learners in Siddhasanaposition. In this the left heel is placed at the perineum and the right heel is put over it. Knees are kept on the seat. Sight is fixed between the eyebrows and chin is set below the throat. For absolute novices kapalabhati can be done in Vajrasana also.

The air is forcefully exhaled several times in Kapalabhati with smooth movements.

Initially it may be very exerting but with practice one can do it for two to three minute sessions, each session comprising of many exhalations.

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