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Kapalabhati Pranayama

Updated: Apr 26, 2020

Releasing Stress and Toxins

Kapalabhati is a powerful breath... and releasing stress and toxins are some of the many benefits of this Pranayama, I learned this breath in Sri Lanka with a gifted Jivamukti teacher (Amish).

Often known as “skull-shining breath,” Kapalabhati comes from two Sanskrit words: Kapala, which translates to “Skull,” and Bhati, which means “light.”

This Pranayama purifies, rejuvenates, and invigorates the mind and body. When you practice this breath, visualize your skull filling with a bright light.

Kapalabhati is a more complex breathing technique, here you will find additional information to add to what we already learned in class together, or you may have learned with a different teacher. Click on video Kapalabhati for a complete instructional and practice video.

This cleansing breath can help you not only release stress and toxins from the mind and body, it can also help release negative emotions, shake off sluggishness, and energize your entire body.

This breath consists of a series of active exhalations followed by passive inhalations, when done correctly; good posture (a straight spine is essential), moderate intensity of breath and rhythmic timing, you will experience the many benefits of Kapalabhati:

Cleanses lungs and respiratory system

Strengthens and tones diaphragm and abdominal muscles

Releases toxins

Increases oxygen to cells, purifying blood in the process

Improves digestion

Energizes and clears mind

Focuses attention

Warms body

Contra indications

Kapalabhati is not recommended If you suffer from:

High blood pressure

Cardiovascular disease



Gastric ulcers




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