Vasiliki Raja: certified yoga therapist
In the science of yoga we have a wide range of breathing exercises called Pranayama (pranayama).
Pranayama (Pranayama) is a Sanskrit compound word from prana = life Force and Ayama = to expand, to extend (lengthen, increase).
So, by definition, Pranayama is the science of breathing that teaches us how to increase, how to lengthen our vital energy, in simple terms how to live longer and with energy.
A major yogic breathing exercise is Kapalabhati, also a
complex Sanskrit word, from kapala = Skull (head) and Bhati = shinning, sparkling (shimmering, glowing), "bright Head" in free translation.
Kapalabhati is a yogic cleansing technique (Kriya) and at the same time a dynamic breathing exercise that warms,
tones and strengthens the body.
The main benefits of breathing Kapalabhati are the following:
- Cleans and refines mind and body
- Eliminates toxins from the body
- Cleans and detoxify the nadis (energetic clannels)
- Strengthens the lungs
- Warms the body
- Cleans the blood circulation
- Gives vitality and well-being
- Stimulates metabolism
- Helps to lose weight
- Strengthens the core
- Removes stress from body
- Eliminates negative emotions
- Increases concentration and endurance
How do I get Kapalabhati breath?
I sit in a comfortable position: easy cross leg, lotus, Japanese sitting, etc. It is important
that the pelvis area sits comfortably, there is no charge in the waist and the backrest is upright with the neck, shoulders relaxed.
I concentrate on the abdominal region and try to be conscious of abdominal breaths, to be aware in that area.
breath consists of dynamic exhalation from the abdomen. I concentrate and dynamically push-draw the abdomen inward and at the same time exhale, pull the air out.
I concentrate only on exhalation, inhalatory occurs passively and automatically.
start with 3 rounds of 10-20 repetitions and then increase to 30, 40 etc repetitions and always at least 3 hours after eating.
I don't apply the Capalbati breath:
- In pregnancy
- After eating
- In cases of heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Multiple sclerosis
For more information and assistance please contact a certified yoga therapist.