In Sanskrit, "KAPAL" means 'forehead' and "BHATI" means 'shining', and also 'knowledge'. KAPALABHATI is percieved to bring in a glow on the face of the practitioner.
KAPALABHATI improves the circulation, rejuvenates the tired cells, helping in slowing down the ageing process and reduce wrinkles and other signs of ageing.
This breathing exercise is an INTERNAL PURIFICATION practice, or KRIYA, which tones and cleanses the respiratory system, disseminating toxins and waste substance. It is a stimulant for the system, refreshing and rejuvenating the BODY and MIND.
KAPALABHATI PRANAYAMA should be practiced on empty stomach.
Sit in PADMASANA, SUKHASANA(Easy Pose), VEERASANA(Hero Pose) or it can even be practiced sitting comfortably on a chair with the feet flat on the floor, keeping the spine straight and the body firm.
Keep your hands on the knees with the palms facing downwards. To bring the awareness (consciousness) on the lower belly, one can place the hands, one on top of the other, on the lower belly instead of the knees.
Inhale through both nostrils deeply.
Pull your stomach in towards your spine by contrating the lower belly or use the hands to gently press on the area, forcing out the breath in a short burst.
Loosening the stomach muscles will result in automatic breathe-in(inhale). Contract the stomach muscles again and breathe-out(exhale). The stomach muscles should be doing the work of pushing-out and pulling-in the air.
Practise this exercise initially about 50 times. Later the number of repetitions can be increased as per the comfortness.
Note: Avoid doing this KRIYA in case of high blood pressure, hernia or heart disease.
KAPALBHATI stimulates the pancreas to release insulin, thereby this amazing exercise helps to control diabetes mellitus.
By doing this KRIYA regularly, one gets relief from constipation and acidity.
This breathing exercise is also known to help in eliminating cysts and tumours.
It strengthens the muscles of the back and abdomen, increases the flexibility of the muscle ligaments and improves the posture.
KAPLABHATI helps in the purification of the blood to provide luminous skin. It also helps in curing skin diseases like psoriasis, vitiligo, leucoderma etc.
Practicing KAPALABHATI PRANAYAMA can bring balance and purity to one's life which includes PHYSICAL, MENTAL, EMOTIONAL, and SPIRITUAL.