Kapalbhati breathing is a traditional yogic breathing exercise that involves short, sharp exhales and passive inhales. Here’s how to do it:
Sit comfortably with your spine straight and your hands resting on your knees.
Take a deep breath in through your nose, filling your lungs with air.
Exhale forcefully through your nose, pulling your navel towards your spine and contracting your abdominal muscles. The exhale should be short and sharp, but not forceful enough to strain your neck or create tension in your body.
Allow the inhale to happen passively, without any effort or control on your part.
Repeat this process for 10-20 rounds, gradually increasing the speed and intensity of the exhales. It’s important to remember that Kapalbhati breathing is an advanced practice and should only be done under the guidance of an experienced teacher. If you have any medical conditions, such as high blood pressure or heart disease, or if you are pregnant, you should avoid this practice. Always listen to your body and modify or stop the practice if you experience any discomfort or pain