clear the fog, energize the body


here’s a section from my e-newsletter.

Kapalabhati (Skull Shining Breath)

Kapalabhati pranayama is an energizing abdominal breathing practice that purifies the body, clears the mind, and leads to inner radiance.  As the breath pulsates through the energetic pathways of the body (the nadis), it stimulates both the manipura (naval) and anahata (heart) chakras, generates heat to dissolve toxins, and cleanses the psyche of negative thoughts.

Basic Technique

1.     Sit in a comfortable position with the hands resting on your knees. Feel free to take a hand mudra if you want.

2.     Inhale and exhale through the nose a few times just to prepare.

3.     Inhale about half way, then exhale sharply through the nose.

4.     Allow the inhale to happen passively and exhale forcefully at a fast pace.

5.     Do three rounds of thirty or so, coming back to a deep inhale and exhale at the end of each round.

Note: If you feel lightheaded come back to an easy inhale and exhale. If you are pregnant, I recommend not doing this pranayama because of the active abdominal work.

 

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~ by Faith Hunter on November 2, 2010.

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