The breath of fire or the skull shining breath is invigorating, energizing, and purifying.
Kapalabhati is a very active, forced exhalation with a passive inhalation. To exhale, the belly quickly pumps into the spine forcing the air out of the nose (like trying to blow out a candle through you nose). Place a hand on your belly to feel the belly actively pumping. Play with the tempo (45-60 exhalations/30 seconds), but keep a steady rhythm. Start with 2-3 rounds of 30 exhalations, and gradually increase the exhalations if comfortable.
Audio [am4guest](Premium Members Only)[/am4guest][am4show have=’p5;’ ](Premium Members Only)[/am4show][am4show have=’p1;p2;p4;’ guest_error=’Premo’ user_error=’Upgrade’ ] Use the player below to stream a low-fi instructional audio track for this practice:
Or use the following link to download the hi-fi Mp3 audio track: Kapalabhati Pranayama MP3[/am4show]