Kapalbhati Pranayama: How To Do Kapalbhati Pranayama Breathing Exercises For Detoxifying The Body And Clearing Sinus Congestion

What are the effects of practicing Kapalbhati Pranayama Breathing Exercises:

  • Detoxifying of the body
  • Removal of sinus congestion

What Is The Meaning Of Kapalbhati Pranayama?

The Sanskrit word Kapalbhati translates to, kapal meaning “skull”, and bhati meaning “to shine”. Another translation for this Kapalbhati Pranayama breathing exercise is “skull shining breath”, or “the shining forehead”.

What exactly does having a shining forehead have to do with detoxifying the body? It is known by Yogis that  when practicing these Kapalbhati Pranayama breathing exercises the forehead eventually begins to “glow” or “shine”. This is known as a sign of good health and sharper intellect within the mind.

Why Are Kapalbhati Pranayama Breathing Exercises So Good At Detoxifying The Body?

It is said that these Kapalbhati Pranayama breathing exercises can literally remove 80% of the toxins within the body!

One of the first ways it does this is by removing or pushing out all the toxic gases from the body. This then cleanses and purifies the entire digestive tract for overall improved digestion and nutrient absorption. If your someone who suffers from excess gaseous build up in the body, practicing this Kapalbhati Pranayama can greatly assist in removing that excess toxic gas.

It is also a powerful way to cleanse and purify all the organs in body. One of the ways it does this is by flushing the organs with lots of pure fresh oxygen. This is a powerful way to generate more heat within the body which will create more “inner fire” for purification and added energy.

How Does Practicing These Kapalbhati Pranayama Breathing Exercises Assist In Clearing Sinus Congestion?

These Kapalbhati Pranayama breathing exercises are great for clearing out channels in the body, especially your sinus channels due to the forced exhalations that occur within the practice. So if you are suffering from any type of allergies, or a head cold, this can bring some added relief to your current symptoms.

This practice also greatly affects energy channels within the body that are referred to as “Nadi”. The Sanskrit word Nadi, translates to “motion”, or “flow”. When we have blocked energy channels within the body this blocks the “flow” of energy, and leaves our body susceptible to more illness and disease. When we detox these Nadi energy channels and free them from blockages they now begin to function much smoother, and allow for the energy to flow through the body with more ease.

How To Do The Kapalbhati Pranayama Breathing Exercise For Detoxing The Body And Clearing Sinus Congestion:

1.) Do this first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

2.) Sit in a comfortable upright position with your back straight.

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3.) Inhale fully through both nostrils.

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4.) Force the exhalation through both nostrils while at the same time pulling in your belly. Your belly will go back naturally to a normal position and by the natural force of gravity you will inhale a small volume of oxygen again. Then immediately force the exhalation through both nostrils again.

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5.) Keep repeating this continuously for around 20 – 30 reps. You can use mala beads or fingers to count.

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6.) You may feel heat in your body and a tingly sensation around your head. This is a sign of energy building up inside.

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7.) You can also perform a breathold at the end of the reps, by letting all of the air out of the lungs and making a “hissing” sound. Hold the breath here for as long as you feel comfortable or just past the body’s initial reaction to breath.

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8.) ADD ON: You can also add an additional breathold when you take your next breath in, while squeezing your pelvic floor muscles and sending the energy up to the brain.

Additional Notes On This Breathing Exercise:

It is important with this breathing exercise to keep your breaths moving in a circular, continuously connected rhythm.  It is also helpful to put your attention on the abdomen, while sucking it in, and blowing air out the nostrils. This blowing of air out the nostrils is actually a “forced exhalation”. As you are performing this “forced exhalation” you will be simultaneously sucking in your abdomen.

Since we are creating an abundance of oxygen in the body with the first portion of this breathing exercise the breathold at the very end will actually correct any over oxygenation in the body by creating an intermittent hypoxic state in the body. This is essentially an added bonus with this technique, in which we combine the aspect of detox, as well as the added benefits of intermittent hypoxia.