Last Modified on Dec 30, 2013
Kapal Bhati Pranayam Yoga is a breathing practice said to have almost unlimited positive effects on the body and our overall health. For sure, this "shining forehead" practice is great for the circulatory and respiratory systems.
Very simply, Kapal Bhati Pranayam Yoga is the practice of forceful exhalation. Practitioners are to breathe in normally but then should exhale as quickly and fully as possible. This activates the abdominal muscles, massages the organs of the abdomen, and strengthens the lower back muscles. At a pace of about 2 seconds per breath, you want at first to practice this form of yogic breathing for about one minute. Slowly over time you can increase to a continuous five minutes of practice in this yoga form each day.
CAUTION: If you suffer from a heart condition or high blood pressure, this practice is not recommended.
Natural Cures: Kapal Bhati Pranayam Yoga breathing is believed to be particularly effective as a natural remedy for breathing disorders such as asthma. Additionally, it will invigorate the body as a whole, make the skin lustrous, improve stomach function, restore the digestive system, and even cure serious diseases.
[YEA] A friend of mine used to practice Kapal Bhati everyday for 10 mins and she had lovely glowing skin. Also even when she put on weight, her stomach always looked toned. She never put on even a bit in her stomach area even when she had gained almost 25 pounds. Her father who is 65 years old also does yoga daily and he is extremely fit and looks like he is 10 years younger. So Kapal Bhati is a very effective way of getting flat and toned abs and looking young.
Initially you should start by doing it only for 1-2 mins because one might feel dizzy or nauseous, but with daily practice you will get used to it. Please find the link attached to get an idea about it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1y3ZOCXEX98
[YEA] My aunt had melasma. She started ding Kapalbhati pranayam and the melasma reduced within a few weeks and went away completely in a couple of months. In India, yoga master Ramdev Baba's style of doing kapalbhati Pranayam is the most popular. Here is the link to see how it is done:
If you do it, do write back in a month to let us all know if your melasma has faded. Good wishes! (I do kapalbhati everyday for other health benefits and like Ramdev Baba says, it seems to cure all problems.)
Replied by Lisa
Sante Fe, New Mexico
[YEA] After I started doing kapalbhati pranayam, my migraines reduced, face glows. No more constipation (elimination is very good) and stomach has become flatter). I don't get colds either. Also, I steadily loose weight when I do this regularly.
I practice Kapalbhati Pranayam as taught by swami Ramdev. He says this pranayam is a cure-all. Here is a link to view how the pranayam is done: http://knowyoga.org/tiki-index.php?page=Kapal Bhati Pranayam
Replied by Nila
Hyderabad, Ap, India