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Release Toxins With Kapalabhati Breath

by: The Editors at Chopra.com

Kapalabhati or “skull shining breath” is a yogic breathing technique that releases stress and toxins from the mind and body. This cleansing breath also helps release negative emotions, shake off sluggishness, and energize the body. It consists of a series of forceful exhalations followed by passive inhalations.

Here’s how to perform Kapalabhati:

  1. Sit comfortably in an upright posture and rest your hands on your lower belly.
  2. Inhale deeply through your nostrils.
  3. In a quick motion, forcefully expel all the air from your lungs while drawing your navel in toward your spine. The primary movement is from your diaphragm.
  4. Allow your lungs to fill up naturally, with no effort.
  5. Perform this cycle 10 times, then allow your breathing return to normal and observe the sensations in your body.
  6. Repeat these cycles of 10 movements 3 to 4 times.

Contraindication: Do not practice Kapalabhati if you are pregnant, or if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, or abdominal pain. You should also stop if you feel dizzy.

*Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only; does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Chopra Center's Mind-Body Medical Group; and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program. 


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