Kapalabhati - Skull Cleanser Part I

David Procyshyn
Instructor David Procyshyn
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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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David Procyshyn 1 week ago

No, not at all. Ideally you're aiming for a speed that allows you to relax (not tense up) when you're doing it. Speed it up, bit by bit, tuning into your body the whole time.

We are one life... 1 month ago

Hahaha
Remind me of
Keppie. Jewish mothers love to kiss their kids' keppies. And keppie, in case you didn't grow up in a Jewish household, is just a much sillier way of referring to the forehead.

Gwendolyn1of5 2 years 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?

David Procyshyn 2 years 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.

bcun20 2 years 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?

David Procyshyn 2 years 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.

serrie 3 years 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.

David Procyshyn 4 years 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
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