Yoga Breathing Exercise Kapalbhati Pranayama Benefits and its Dangers

 

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

In kapalbhati Pranayama 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 the mind for meditation and weren’t designed as a remedy for
diseases through these exercises promote well being generally.

Regular practice of Yoga Asanas or Pranayama does 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 of its cells.

Breathing exercise also helps in
improving the gastrointestinal system, strengthening abdominal also as
energizing the mind for mental work.

However numerous benefits of kapalbhati Pranayama as described by modern-day yoga gurus as a panacea for several major illnesses are away from the truth misleading and even
dangerous.

In fact kapalbhati though
beneficial for a healthy person are also often very dangerous for several people if
they’re affected by conditions such as:
a) Heart disease
b) High blood pressure
c)  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 instructors/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 part of yoga
Teachers and participants are often very dangerous and may bring more harm to the practitioner rather than benefits.