Kapalbhati Pranayama is a breathing practice in yoga. It gets its name from the Sanskrit words, Kapal, meaning skull, and bhati meaning “to shine”. Kapalbhati can help reduce workplace tension, relationship stress, other worries, and anxieties, by soothing your mind and ultimately putting you to sleep.
Kapal = forehead; Bhati = shining; Pranayama = breathing technique
Here’s a very powerful breathing exercise that not just helps you lose weight but also brings your entire system into a perfect balance. Yes, Kapalbhati Pranayama or Skull Shining breathing technique.
Why to do Kapalbhati Pranayama?
When you do pranayama, 80% of the toxins in our body are released through the outgoing breath. The regular practice of Kapalbhati Pranayama detoxifies all the systems in our body. And the obvious sign of a healthy body is a shining forehead.
Kapal Bhati literally translates to ‘the shining forehead,’ and this is precisely what happens with regular practice of this pranayama- a forehead that glows not just from outside, but also an intellect that becomes sharp and refined.
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How to do Kapalbhati Pranayama Step by Step
Sit comfortably with your spine erect. Place your hands on the knees with palms open to the sky.
Take a deep breath in.
As you exhale, pull your stomach. Pull your navel in the back towards the spine. Do as much as you comfortably can. You may keep your right hand on the stomach to feel the abdominal muscles contract.
As you relax the navel and abdomen, the breath flows into your lungs automatically.
Take 20 such breaths to complete one round of Kapal Bhati Pranayama.
After completing the round, relax with your eyes closed and observe the sensations in your body.
Do two more rounds of Kapal Bhati Pranayama.
4 Tips for Kapalbhati Beginners
The exhalation in the Skull Shining Breathing technique is active and forceful. So, just throw out your breath.
Don't worry about the inhalation. The moment you relax your abdominal muscles, inhalation will happen naturally.
Keep your awareness on breathing out.
Practice this technique at home on an empty stomach.
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8 Benefits of Kapalbhati Pranayama
Increases the metabolic rate and aids in weight loss
Clears the nadis (subtle energy channels)
Stimulates abdominal organs and thus is extremely useful to those with diabetes
Improves blood circulation and adds radiance to the face
Improves digestive tract functioning, absorption, and assimilation of nutrients
Results in a taut and trimmed down belly
Energizes the nervous system and rejuvenates brain cells
Calms and uplifts the mind
Who should avoid doing Kapal Bhati Pranayama?
Avoid practicing this breathing technique if you have an artificial pacemaker or stent, epilepsy, hernia, backache due to slip disc, or have recently undergone abdominal surgery.
Women should not practice the Skull Shining Breathing technique during and shortly after pregnancy as well as during menstruation as it involves vigorous abdominal squeezes.
People with hypertension and heart problems should practice this breathing technique only under a yoga expert's guidance.
Practicing Yoga helps develop the body and mind, yet is not a substitute for medicine. It is essential to learn and practice yoga under the supervision of a trained Yoga teacher. In case of any medical condition, practice yoga only after consulting your doctor.
The All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) here and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) have joined hands to work on seven collaborative projects including the development of herbal wound dressing, a fumigation device for aiding wound healing, and an herbal formulation to reduce the harmful effects of reusing cooking oil.
"The amalgamation of traditional knowledge with technology is expected to benefit society at large by offering better health care options. Validation of the traditional knowledge systems is the key, in order to make these forms of medicine more widely acceptable worldwide," IIT Delhi Director V Ramgopal Rao said.
These Projects Include
i) Effect of the six Ayurvedic rasas (tastes) on gastrointestinal secretions.
ii) Develop herbal formulations that would reduce the harmful effects of reusing cooking oil.
iii) Develop a biodegradable, herbal wound dressing.
iv) Study the effects of the ‘Brahmari pranayama’ on the nervous system.
v) Analyze the impacts of bhasmas (ashes) on proteins implicated in neurodegenerative diseases.
vi) Develop a ‘dhoopan-yantra’ - a fumigation device for aiding wound healing.
vii) Early cancer detection and assessment of breast cancer response to Ayurvedic drugs.
The projects are tenable for two years, at the end of which a better understanding is likely to emerge in the above areas.
"Both the institutions aim to develop a deeper understanding of the fundamental principles of Ayurvedic diagnosis and treatment of diseases, to develop innovative diagnostic tools and equipment for various Ayurvedic procedures. Ayurveda is one of the world's oldest known medical systems, which originated in India. Over the past decade, there has been a renewed interest in the validation of Ayurveda principles," said Tanuja Nesari, Director, AIIA. PTI
Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest known medical systems, which originated in India. Over the past decade, there has been a renewed interest in the validation of Ayurveda principles.
Read in Hindi►कैंसर की दवा पर साथ मिलकर शोध करेंगे आईआईटी-दिल्ली और आयुर्वेद संस्थान