Yoga: Three reasons you should not do Yogic breathing Kapalabhati
The yogic breathing Kapalabhati – (Frontal Brain Cleansing Breathing)
‘Kapal’ in Sanskrit language means ‘Forehead’, and ‘Bhati’ means ‘Light’. As per yoga science practicing Kapalabhati on regular basis brings a state of light and clarity to the frontal region of the brain with the inner radiance. Kapalabhati is a highly energizing abdominal breathing exercise.
In Kapalabhati , the inhalation is slow and passive and require only releasing tension in the abdominal wall. On the other hand, the exhalation is active, sharp and vigorous. Normally exhalation takes one fourth of the time of inhalation. Quick exhalation and natural inhalation follows each other.
The breathing exercise activates and invigorates the liver, spleen and the abdominal muscles. It balances and strengthens the nervous system, tones the digestive organs and improves digestion. It develops strength and stamina and it teaches to coordinate the abdominal muscles.
Kapalabhati Pranayama is especially effective in lowering carbon dioxide (CO2) in the lower parts of the lungs. It cleanses the lungs and entire respiratory system. The blood is purified and body gets an increased supply of oxygen to all cells.
On a mental level it energizes and prepares the mind for meditation, it removes sleepiness and removes sensory distraction from the mind.
Kapalabhati should be practiced on an empty stomach, three to four hours after a meal. It is best to practice it after asanas and before meditation.
Note: If you start experiencing any pain or dizziness, stop the practice immediately.
Kapalabhati Breathing has tremendous benefits to a practitioner. However, there are some health conditions in which this breathing technique should not be practiced.
Three important reasons not to do Kapalabhati Pranayama:
1) If you have High blood pressure, do not practice this pranayama.
2) Anyone suffering from heart disease should not attempt Kapalabhati.
3) In case of Hernia avoid doing this breathing exercise.
Caution: Always check with your doctor if you have any doubts or concerns regarding the suitability of this breathing technique for you. It is best to perform this breathing exercise in presence of a qualified yoga teacher.
Issued in the interest of people practicing Hatha Yoga by Subodh Gupta, Yoga Expert based in London.
Mr.Subodh Gupta, a Corporate Yoga Trainer has conducted more than 500 workshops on Yoga and Stress Management. He has been interviewed by various TV channels in India and London.
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