Rapid performance of Recaka (exhalation) and Puraka (inhalation) like (emptying and
filling up of) the bellows of a blacksmith is Kapalabhati, well known as the destroyer
of disorders caused by phlegm.
This is one of the six cleansing processes
of Hathayoga. This is related with the respiratory system.
Spreading out comfortable ' Asana'
(sitting material like blanket, kusha, deer skin or towel), sit in Padmasana,
Svastikasana, or in any comfortable posture. While doing Kapalabhati, there
is a chance of shakening the body with jerk hence sit firmly. As the bellows
of blacksmith draws air in or leaves air out with sound , so we have to
practise inhaling through nostrils and exhaling forcibly soon, keeping our
mouth closed. The navel region is drawn in during each exhalation and bulged
out at the time of inhalation. This is to be practised repeatedly, rightly
and rapidly. Here exhalation is given prominence, inhalation takes place
- Sit erect in any Asana (Padmasana, Samasana, or in any comfortable
Asanas) spreading out some sittina matarial.
- Put both hands on respective
- Exhale forcibly through both the nostrils. Simultaneously abdomen
will be drawn in.
- Soon after completing exhalation with jerk, take
the breath in and bring the abdomen in previous position.
Benefits and Limitations:-
composed while exhaling.
- Those having throat infection, should exhale
air touching it to the nostrils.
- Those having too much sneezing tendency,
should practise it with contracted glottis producing sound as in Ujjayi.
- This is very useful in asthma, cold and constipation.
- Liver and sple en are made strong and efficient through its practice.
- This makes repiratory rhythm constant.
- Those suffering from
diabetes should not practise it.
- Those having complaint of ulcer or
bile in abdomen should not practise it.