5 health benefits of Kapalbhati Pranayam

In this post we tell you about kapalbhati pranayam, a form of deep breathing that has innumerable benefits for your mind and body. You can also soothe your mind, body and soul with hatha yoga. Also Read – Avoid these common yoga mistakes that ups the risk of injury

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1. This is a breathing exercise that helps to oxygenate your body while strengthening the muscles of your stomach and abdomen.

2. It also helps in giving you that flat toned tummy, melts away love handles, improves digestion, circulation and is mainly intended to clear the sinuses within the skull.

3. Kapalbhati improves circulation, slows the ageing process and helps relax facial muscles and nerves.

4. It also rejuvenates tired cells, helping in reducing wrinkles and other signs of ageing.

5. It is the best way to awaken the ajna chakra (or third eye).

Steps to do this pose

Sit comfortably on your yoga mat. Keep your spine erect and your palms on your knees facing downwards. Now exhale through your nose and pull your stomach in towards your spine. When you loosen your stomach muscles you will automatically breathe in. Quickly contract your stomach muscles again and exhale. Your stomach muscles should be doing the work of pushing out and pulling in air. Do this initially about 50 times; you can increase the number of repetitions as you feel more comfortable with the practice. After doing this form of breathing you will initially feel some soreness around the muscles of your stomach and abdomen. This is normal. You may also try shitali pranayam to relax your body. Also try bhastrika pranayam to relieve stress.

Tip: Avoid doing this pose if you have high blood pressure, a hernia or heart disease.

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Published : December 22, 2014 10:55 am | Updated:March 10, 2015 5:28 pm