Skull Cleanser Part I

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Sanskrit: 
Kapalabhati
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Kapalabhati is an energizing, rejuvenating, total-body wake-up! It is deemed to be more of a cleansing technique than a breathing technique, cleansing the nasal passage and the lungs. It is often used to prepare for the practice of pranayama.

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Kapalabhati
Gwendolyn1of5 3 weeks ago

My throat keeps closing , and the breath won't come out my nose, (only my mouth) unless I REALLY focus on relaxing. This slows me down. How can I help this?

Relaxing the throat
David Procyshyn 3 weeks ago

That's exactly it, you need to relax the jaw and throat so that the air passes through and this may initially slow you down. With practice, it will start to feel like second nature and you will be able to speed it up.

Before or after stillness
bcun20 2 months ago

Hi David
I am presently undertaking my yoga TT and want to include kapalabhati into my final assessment of 1.5 hour class. If I do it in the beginning should I do it before of after a few minutes of stillness that focuses on breathing to get the class settled, focused and relaxed. Or at the end before other pranayama practice that I do before going into savasana?

Kapalabhati
David Procyshyn 3 weeks ago

Hi there. Typically this pranayama is done to energize, so it may feel more natural to do it at the beginning of class. However, you may want to test it out before and after to see how it feels, since it may help you relax when moving into savasana.

Kapalabhati
serrie 1 year ago

I like this- but I was not able to do it nearly as fast as he did- and when he said speed up, I was a bit faster but not much. I will continue to practice.

Kapalabhati
David Procyshyn 1 year ago

Hi there.
Kapalabhati is designed to wake you up, so it's best not to do it just before you want to go to sleep. You'll also find it uncomfortable if you do it right after eating. Other than that, there is no best time. I find doing it first thing in the morning is very effective at getting me to wake up and be alert. It's the same when I feel a lull in the middle of the day and need an energy boost.
And to the previous question, yes, you can sit on a block.
Warm regards,
David
DoYogaWithMe Founder

Best time to do Kapalbhati
DevB 1 year ago

Hi David,
What is the best time to do Kapalbhati? Morning or evening? Could it be done after having the food?
Thanks.

Sat on a block
Francesco_G 4 years ago

Second question, sorry for double post! :(
Can I sit on a block while performing this exercise?

How many times should I repeat Kapalabhati?
Francesco_G 4 years ago

I like kapalabhati, very much. My question is just how many time should i repeat this sequence? 1? 3? 7? 21? As much as i want?
Thanks

Kapalabhati
David Procyshyn 4 years ago

If you are new to Kapalabhati, I would suggest sticking with 3 rounds, and limiting each round to under 100 cycles. Breath work is powerful and must be respected, so pay attention to how it makes you feel physically and psychologically, and most importantly, focus on doing it right!

Take care,

David
DoYogaWithMe.com Founder