Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Kapal What?

Kapalbhati-  Kapalabhati is a kriya or cleansing technique.   It can seem a little funny at first, but it's an excellent exercise to strengthen the abdominal muscles, build heat, and clear the nasal passages;  all great things for the fall.

Sit comfortably in a position that allows the spine to lengthen (cross legged or sitting towards the edge of a chair).   Close your eyes and draw the chin slightly down so the back of the neck lengthens.

Focus on your breath and when you're ready start sharp exhales through your nose by drawing the belly in.  The inhale will naturally come in as the belly relaxes out.  If you're unable to feel your belly contract and draw in, place a hand on it.

Keep your chest open and shoulders relaxed.    Don't worry about how fast you go, just find a comfortable rhythm.  Only do as many as you can while maintaining the length in the spine and the ease in upper body.

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How does Kapalbhati make you feel?

2 comments:

  1. I did 9 pumps before my spine shortened. Is that good? :)

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  2. Great post Kristen, I really like your blog. Thanks for checking out Yoga Addicted, looks like we have a lot in common!

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