Pranayama Series: E3. Kapalbhati (Skull Shining Breath)

Kapalbhati is a shat kriya breathing technique that enables the student to cleanse the body from within using their breath. Derived from an ancient language of Sanskrit ‘Kapal’ means forehead and ‘Bhati’ means shining. Practicing this method will give off a warm glow on the forehead and aims to brighten the intellect.


Benefits of Kapalabhati include cleansing the lungs and entire respiratory system, purifying blood and enhancing oxygenation to the cells, improved digestion, strengthen abdominal muscles, helps to prepare the mind for meditation and energise the mind.


This video will explain Kapalbhati (Skull Shining Breath)


- Sit comfortably in any position (also try half lotus) with the spine upright and palms facing upwards on the legs

- Begin by breathing into the nose whilst lifting the spine and focusing on the belly area as it expands on the inhale and relaxes on the exhale.

- Take a long breath into the lungs and contract the belly inwards to the spine, a slight pause then exh