Kapaal Bhaati: A Great Breathing Practice!

Kapaal Bhaati: A Great Breathing Practice!

Kapaal Bhaati literally method practice which makes your skull glow. It is not what it has generally taken to be. It is not a practice which makes your skin glow. No it’s not. It is a cleansing course of action. It makes your skull glow in the sense that your head starts shining with illumination and wisdom after prolonged practice. It’s not a Pranayama either. It’s generally considered to be Pranayama these days because of the extensive ignorance about the Patanjali yogic system.

Kapaal stands for skull or forehead and Bhaati stands for glow or shining. Kapaal Bhaati was one of the six cleansing processes which are practiced before Pranayama could be started as per the Patanjali’s system. These cleansing processes make your body and mind appropriate for further practice of Pranayama and Meditation. Unless the subtle pathways called naadis are cleansed first, it’s slightly difficult to practice Pranayama and Meditation. It does not average though that it is mandatory to follow the cleansing course of action. It has been my personal experience that Pranayama and Meditation when practiced extensively, cleanse the subtle psychic pathways on their own. It’s just to aid this cleansing and to make course of action quicker, easier and smoother that cleansing processes are recommended before one begins to practice Pranayama and Meditation.

Kapaal Bhaati is easiest, most effective and least unhealthy of all cleansing techniques. You do not have to use any chords or liquids unlike other techniques to cleanse your system. All you have to do is to exhale out carefully. Your complete attention goes to exhalation while inhalation takes place on its own. As you exhale your stomach contracts and your belly vicinity goes in. This course of action cleanses your body and mind by purging out toxins by breath and skin excretions.

Kapaal Bhaati has a very important and mostly ignored psychological side to it. When you exhale and concentrate on doing so, you’re letting-go. The fear is associated with breathing patterns like many other emotions. Inhalation is symbolically fear of death. The accumulation of wealth is also related to fear of depravity. Trying to keep up your relatives and becoming possessive of them is also because of fear of loneliness. When you concentrate on exhalation and only on exhalation, what you’re truly trying to do is-to let-go of fears and unnecessary attachments. Diseases are mostly accumulation of toxins. To take an example: Obesity is accumulation of fat, which is, accumulation of additional energy. Why does body store additional energy? It does so because of the fear that it might run low on energy in future. Similarly you may think by many aspects of life. What Kapaal Bhaati does is rare. It makes you free from fear, diseases, attachments and increases health, courage and freedom by developing a totally different psyche in you.

Like any other breathing practice, more consciously you exhale; better will be the results of practice. Mechanically exhaling will indeed increase the oxygen content of your blood, which has its own advantages, but, the more subtle advantages can be obtained only if you practice it consciously.

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