Yoga Breathing Exercise Kapalbhati Benefits and its Dangers



In Sanskrit Kapal means forehead and Bhati means shining. Practicing
Kapalbhati on a daily basis results in shining face with inner radiance.

In kapalbhati quick exhalation and
natural inhalation are performed. Quick exhalation generally takes about 1/4 of
the time of inhalation. Quick exhalation and natural inhalation follow each
other.

Yogic breathing exercises were
meant for preparing mind for meditation and weren’t designed as remedy for
diseases though these exercise promote well being generally .

Regular practice of Yoga exercises do help in cleansing the
lungs and full systema respiratorium , purifying the blood and therefore the
body gets an increased supply of oxygen to all or any its cells.

Breathing exercise also helps in
improving the gastrointestinal system , strengthening abdominal also as
energising the mind for mental work.
However numerous benefits of kapalbhati as described by modern-day yoga gurus
as panacea for several major illnesses are away from truth, misleading and even
dangerous.

In fact kapalbhati though
beneficial for a healthy person are often dangerous for several people if
they’re affected by conditions such as:
a) Heart disease
b) High blood pressure
c) A hernia

In addition this exercise should
never be practiced when an asthmatic
attack is ongoing
, or if pain or dizziness is experienced. Quick
exhalation should be comfortable to oneself, i.e. quick exhalation shouldn’t be
too forceful as suggested by many Indian yoga gurus.

It is extremely important that
one should first explain his/her health condition to their yoga instructor
before beginning any yoga exercise.

Ignorance on the a part of yoga
teacher and participant are often very dangerous and may bring more harm to practitioner rather than benefits.