Why do people practice kapalbhati

Fire breathing - Kapalabhati Pranayama

Kapalabhati Pranayama, fire breathing, is one of the activating breathing techniques in yoga. It has a stimulating and cleansing effect on the mind and body. Fire breathing is used, among other things, to stimulate the metabolism and to keep the mind alert and active. With its encouraging and invigorating effect, it can help you with exhaustion and tiredness. Kapalabhati Pranayama is easy to do. It's the ideal morning breathing exercise to get awake and fit.

Benefits of Kapalabhati Pranayama

The breathing technique creates a warm feeling in the body and activates the circulation. You will likely feel more alert after the exercise.
By stimulating the entire metabolism, toxins and waste products should be better excreted.
Fire breathing is also said to promote digestion and detoxification of the liver and kidneys. Exercise can help you with gastrointestinal complaints or constipation.
Women in particular appreciate fire breathing as a beauty aid because it stimulates the entire blood circulation. In this way, dark circles under the eyes can be reduced, the eyes appear alert and focused.

Important instructions:

Vatakrama Kapalabhati is one of the breathing techniques in yoga with the strongest effect. It cannot therefore be practiced by everyone. People with high blood pressure, heart disease, or epilepsy should not do the exercise. This also applies to people who have already suffered a stroke. Fire breathing is also not recommended if you have problems with over-acidification of the stomach, for example heartburn or stomach ulcers.

Three types of kapalabhati

The word Kapalabhati comes from Sanskrit. It is made up of the two words Kapal and Bhati. Kapal means skull. However, it is interesting to know that in Indian yoga the skull does not only mean the bones, but the entire head with the brain. The word Bhati means something like enlightenment or enlightenment. Kapalabhati can be roughly translated as enlightenment of the head or spirit. Pranayama means breathing. Overall, there are three types of Kapalabhati in yoga, as Kapalabhati Pranayama, Vatakrama Kapalabhati is usually used.

Vatakrama Kapalabhati

This is the Kapalabhati breathing exercise that is the most common. It's a simple technique where you breathe out very actively while you breathe in almost passively. So we breathe the other way around as normal, because with normal breathing we breathe actively in and out passively.

Vyutkrama Kapalabhati

In this yoga exercise, water is sucked in through the nose. Let the water flow into your mouth and then spit it out.

Sheetkrama Kapalabhati

This exercise is the reverse Vyutkrama Kapalabhati. The water is first put into the mouth and then drawn up into the nose and expelled through the nose.

This is how you perform fire breathing

You can do fire breathing in any sitting position, but the yoga seat or the cross-legged seat are recommended. If you are not that flexible yet, you can easily sit on a stool or a fixed chair. Just make sure that your spine is straight and upright. Close your eyes and concentrate fully on your breathing. In order to better feel the effect of the breathing technique, you can put a hand on your stomach. Now breathe in very deeply and slowly through both nostrils until your lungs are completely filled with air. Your stomach will bulge a little.
Now you breathe out forcefully through your nose. Imagine the air escaping from your entire stomach. As you exhale, you may feel some pressure in your stomach. As you exhale, you make a hissing sound. Imagine how the energy flows out of your nose. You repeat this breathing exercise a total of 20 times, the entire process should take about 5 minutes.
After the breathing exercise, sit with your eyes closed a little longer to relax a little.

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