Kapal Is an ancient technique in the yoga system. And it has been taught for centuries.Kapal Bhati simply means…Kapal means skull, head.Bhati means Purification.

KapalBhati means that which purifies your head. Once your head is purified you are a totally different person. It brings transformation. So Kapal Bhati is a system of not only breathing. We can say that it is Like a type of pranayama and a pranic force, which we need in our life.

Kapal = forehead, bhati = shining or bellows

What is kapalbhati

Kapalbhati is a technique of pranayama, although some yogic scriptures regard it as one of the shatkarmas. It is similar to bhastrika pranayama.

The word kapala means ‘forehead’ or ‘frontal lobe of the brain’; bhati is ‘bellows’, the instrument used by a village blacksmith to create air drafts for his forge.

Kapalbhati can therefore be translated as ‘frontal brain bellowing’. In this practice, the lungs are the bellows which suck air in and out of the body.

The full practice of kapalbhati involves the three bandhas: jalandhara, uddiyana and moola. These are practised together to form maha bandha. Before attempting kapalbhati you should master these practices.

Posture: Sit in any comfortable asana with the back erect. The best asanas are padmasana,

siddhasana, siddha yoni asana and vajrasana.

How to do Kapalbhati 


This pranayama is similar to Bhastrika pranayama. In this pranayama, the speed of breathing is slow and the speed of exhalation is fast. Complement the normal and concentrate in the purgative action. 

That is, exhale breathing forcefully. Breathe easy And do the laxative motion (some scholars talk about the practice of bandha with it. 

Do it under the instruction of a qualified teacher). Close both eyes and meditate in the agya chakra and experience freshness and power. 


1. suffer from cataract (eye disease) or pus in the ear, etc.

2. Do not do it if you are sick. 

3.  people suffering from hypertension, cardiovascular disease, dizziness, gastric ulcer

Do slowly while using.

4.Stop the practice if you feel any discomfort in the form of pain, dizziness, fainting and so on.

5.Kapalbhati should not be done by those people who suffer from ailments such as high blood pressure, vertigo, hernia and so forth. Be discreet.

Number of rapid respirations

Beginners should do no more than about 20 rapid respirations in each round. This number can be increased by 5 or 10 respirations per week according to capacity.

With practice it is possible to do a few hundred rapid respirations per round, but we suggest that most people eventually aim to do between 60 and 100. There should be no strain throughout the entire process.

Duration of breath retention

Hold your breath for as long as is comfortable while doing maha bandha, no more. The duration can be gradually increased with practice. The benefits will increase with the duration but don’t strain.

Number of rounds

It is possible for a person with a strong and purified body to practise hundreds of rounds

lasting hours. For the average person, however, we advise that you practise no more than 10 or 20 rounds.

If you want to practise kapalbhati for longer periods, then we strongly suggest that you seek the guidance of an expert. Beginners should start by doing 2 or 3 rounds, increasing by 1 extra round every few days.


1. This pranayama brings freshness, peace and happiness.

2. There is a suppression of diabetes and constipation. 

3. benefit in brain diseases. 

4. reduces obesity. 

5. balances body weight. 

6. also beneficial in diseases like cancer. 

7. Due to the force of breathing, the contraction and dilation of the diaphragm

Due to this, it benefits all the abdominal area, like organs, stomach, pancreas, liver, spleen, uterus, etc. All the organs are well organized.

8.massages and improves the functioning of the digestive organs.

9.clears the frontal lobe of the brain by speeding up the blood flow. At a more subtle level it also stimulates pranic flow in the same region.

10.kapalbhati cleans out the lungs. It improves their elasticity and makes oxygen carbon dioxide exchange more efficient.

11.cures many incurable diseases.

12.kapalbhati wakes up the mind. So, if you have a lot of mental work to complete, yet feel tired, we suggest that you energize the mind with a few rounds of kapalbhati.

Sequence and time

In your daily practice program, practise it immediately before meditative techniques. Otherwise, it can be done at any time during day except for the period of about four hours after meals. Don’t practise late at night or you might have difficulty going to sleep.

Note: 1. Some scholars consider this action as Pranayama, while other scholars refer to it

It is called the action of hexamas. To know more, definitely check out the author’s other book Complete Yoga.

2. Laxative number 120 per minute for a normal healthy person Believe it or can do from 3 minutes to 15 minutes according to the disease.

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