Wanting to cleanse the body and strengthen your immune system? Try this 4 minute yoga breathing exercise and stretch daily. Kapalabhati Pranayama is also known as the Breath of Fire because it heats up the body with a rapid succession of short exhales. The heat caused by Kapalabhati breath purifies the respiratory system and invigorates the internal organs, including the digestive system organs. Not to mention it works the core muscles!
Watch the video below for instructions on how to perform this breath correctly.
NB: If you are pregnant, suffer from anxiety, or have had any abdominal surgery recently, please refrain from trying Kapalabhati Breath.
Step 1: Take a comfortable seated position. Inhale deeply and slowly 2-3 times with the eyes closed to relax the body.
Step 2: Place one hand on your belly to ensure you contract the stomach muscles during Kapalabhati. Take one deep inhale to prepare and close the eyes.
Step 3: Exhale sharply and quickly 10 times out the nose. Pausing for about half a second between each exhale.
Step 4: Take a few normal breaths until any feelings of dizziness subside.
Step 5: Take 2 more rounds of Kapalabhati breath (step 3), remembering to pause between each round of 10 (Step 4).
Step 6: Take some natural, relaxed breaths until you feel like the effects of Kapalabhati breath have passed.
Step 7: Open the eyes and reach up overhead to stretch. For the stretching part to follow you need to be seated on the floor. Bring the legs out in front of you.
Step 8: Bend the left knee and place the foot to the outside of your right knee. Exhale and bring the arms down as you twist the torso to the right (towards the left thigh). Wrap the right arm around your left leg and press the left hand fingertips into the ground behind you.
Inhale, straighten up the spine as much as you can. Then exhale and twist deeper towards the left. Hold this pose for as long as you need.
Step 9. Repeat this twist on the other side.