- Sit in any meditative posture.
- Keep your spine and neck erect perfectly vertical to the ground.
- Close the eyes and collapse the shoulders.
- Relax the whole body completely.
- Practice rapid breathing with active and foreful exhalation and passive inhalation.
- During each exhalation, blast out the air by vigorous flapping movementsof the abdomen in quick succession.
- Inhale passively by relaxaing the abdominal muscles at the end of each exhalation.
- Repeat the exhalation as quickly as possible at the rate of 60 strokes per minute.
- At the end of one minute, stop the practice.
- Now observe an automatic suspension of breath. In fact, there will be no urge for breathing for a few seconds.
- Simultaneously the mind may experience a deep state of silence. Enjoy this state of deep rest and freshness.
- Wait until the breathing comes back to normal.
- Throughout the entire practice the spine must be kept erect without any movement of the trunk, neck or the face.
- It is important to learn to allow the inhalation to happen automatically by relaxing the abdominal muscles at the end of each quick exhalation.
- Kapaalabhati can be practiced through alternate nostrils by alternatively closing the right and left nostirls in Nasika Mudra.
- In the beginning it may not be possible to practice continuously at the rate of 60 strokes per minute. Therefore, one can start at the rate of 10 to 20 strokes per minute and repeat it 2 to 3 rounds with normal breathing intervals of a few seconds. With regular daily practice you can increase the speed for 60-120 strokes per minute.
- Persons with high BP heart problems, vertigo, epilepsy, hernia, slip disc and spondylysis should avoid this practice. Women during menses and later months of pregnancy should alos avoid this practice.
Brain cells are invigorated. It brings brightness to the face with regular practice. It balances and strengthens the nervous system. It removes the drowsiness from the body.
It provides a nice massage to all the abdominal organs. People with digestive probelms are highly bebefited. It cleanses the lungs and also the entire respiratory tract. it is good for asthmatics and for other respiratory disorders.
It removes the distractions of the mind and prepares it for meditation. The practitioner achieves a state of Kevala Kumbhaka, i.e., automatic cessation of breath.
Practice of Kapaalabhaati is to be avoided in case of moderate and severe High Blood Pressure. Ischemic Heart Disease, Vertigo, Epilepsy, Hernia, Gastric Ulcer, Slip Disc and Spondylosis, Women during menses and advanced stages of pregnancy should avoid it.