How to do Kapalabhati Pranayama?

Kapalabhati is actually a part of shatkarma(6 activities to cleans the body)

Since it is done with breathing as well, people consider it pranayama too,  this is also considered breath of fire often which heats up the body and also promotes digestive fire(jatharagni) that is responsible for digestion.

How to do Practice of Kapalabhati Pranayama?

Find a comfortable position to sit, that doesn’t bother you while practicing,  making sure the spine is in natural position and abdomen, Shoulders and face are in relaxed position.

Now keep your hands on knees or one hand on belly to encourage abdominal movement while breathing.

Now inhale deeply and exhale fully from abdomen

Now let the abdomen come out itself without making an effort to inhale and make a jerky movement to the abdomen inward to exhale in a stroke, again let the abdomen relax for spontaneous inhalation and exhale with force , repeat this for as long as it is in control 50 to 100 or more strokes in one go, start with 10 , 20 and try going to as much as possible you can also do 3 to 5 rounds of maximum strokes.

Being a beginner make gentle , slow, but rhythmic strokes making sure while you exhale with force abdomen moves in towards spine.

Kapalabhati pranayama could help get rid of excessive acid in blood.

Enjoy practicing the wonderful breathing for the wellness of body and mind.



Most frequent questions and answers

Kapalabhati is one of the shatkarma (cleansing practices), since it is cleansing and purification of frontal brain through breathing therefore some people may call it a part of pranayama,   best time to do any cleansing is in morning and  evening empty stomach, other than that it can be practiced at anytime when stomach is empty because this is strong abdominal movement so must be done empty stomach.

Kapalbhati is a powerful abdominal exhalation while we inhale without any effort therefore abdominal muscles get stronger with its practice,  engagement of abdominal muscles leads to relaxation of diaphragm the muscle of inhalation and could help improve it’s function which will further improve the breathing pattern by deepening it, continues force going inward also massages the internal organs and promotes better functioning for digestion,  absorption and defecation.


Exhalation forcefully could also help get rid of excessive co2 present into blood and balance the ph level, people who consume too much acidic food should practice this daily to keep the ph balanced. 

Kapalbhati is one of the shatkarmas and it is of three types

Vyutkarma kapalabhati ( practiced with water)

Sheetkarma Kapalabhati (practiced with water)

Vatkarma Kapalbhati( done with breathing or air)


Vatkarma Kapalbhati is the one where we cleans our frontal brain (kapala) with the help of breathing hence it  is considered a type of pranayama but actually it is not

Kapalbhati is a type of shatkarma (six cleansing practices) and is of three types

One of the Kapalbhati known as Vatkarma Kapalbhati or just Kapalbhati which is popular among people is considered pranayama sometimes but actually it is not , since it is done with breathing people name it pranayama

In Kapalbhati we make forceful strokes from abdominal muscles to exhale while we don’t inhale actively,  inhalation occurs spontaneously as we relax our abdominal muscles after pulling it in for inhalation and we repeat it for as long as we can

On the other hand Bhastrika is a type of pranayama technique and it is practiced apart from shatkarma

In bhastrika we inhale and exhale fully deeply and sometimes forcefully,  inhalation and exhalation both are done with equal effort and we involve whole trunk for breathing even sometimes hands are involved to make the breathing more powerful. 

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