Do you want a quick and easy way to boost your immune system?
Kapalbhati, or Breath of fire, is a yoga breathing exercise that can help accomplish just that.
Kapal means Forehead. – Bhati: Shining. Kapalbhati is a breathing technique that fires up your brain and is great during these times as it boosts your immune system.
This simple technique is believed to increase the flow of oxygen to the brain and improve blood circulation.
And best of all, it only takes a few minutes to do!
Benefits of daily practice of Kapalbhati
- Helps weight management
- Increases the metabolic rate
- Strengthen and the lung capacity
- Tones the diaphragm and abdominal muscles
- Cleanses and clear the nadi’s (energy channels)
- Stimulates digestive system.
- Adds radiance and glow to your face.
- Beneficial to diabetes’s patient
- Helps to rejuvenate brain cells.
- Calms your mind.
- Warms up your body
It is known for everybody that we are living in difficult times and we are required to have a strong immune system and to act quickly when we get sick.
Breath of Fire helps us not only to increase our immunity but also to cope with fear and anxiety.
How to do Kapalbhati:
While Kapalbhati is very beneficial for most people, there are some exceptions due to health conditions. So please check the “When to avoid the practice of Kapalbhati” before starting your practice.
- Sit comfortably in an upright posture and rest your hands on your lower belly or on your tights. (you can do Gyan mudra by putting the thumb and index finger together.
- Inhale deeply through both nostrils, expand your abdomen
- Exhale bringing your navel towards the spine.
- Inhale (The inhalation comes automatically)
- Repeat 20 times and hold your breath at the last one. REST and start all over. repeat 2 to 5 more times.
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Tips to perform Kapalbhati right:
- Exhale forcefully and allow the inhalation to happen automatically (when you relax the muscles, it will happen naturally)
- Relax your jaw, face and neck
- Do not raise your shoulders while breathing. Just move your belly in (actively) and out (automatically)
- Practice on an empty stomach.
When to Avoid Breath of Fire:
Avoid practising Breath of fire if you:
- Are pregnant
- Use a pacemaker or stent,
- Suffer epilepsy, hernia or slip disc,
- Are during your first Moon Days ( menstruating)
- Suffer from hypertension or heart conditions
If you want to learn about another important breathing technique, please check this post