Kapalbhati Pranayama Pose
Kapalbhati Pranayama is a cleansing breathing exercise done in a sitting position. In Sanskrit, Kapal means forehead or skull and Bhati means shining. So, Kapalbhati is known as the practice, which leads to the cleansing of your mind through rapid exhalation. It is suggested to be done before any activity especially a yoga session. This exercise is just all about inhaling and exhaling but surprisingly it has tons of benefits. Kapalbhati plays a very important role in keeping your heart healthy, improving your digestive system, reducing unwanted fats and keeping your mind peaceful and free from negative thoughts.

You made it! 26 postures and one breathing exercise behind you, this final breathing posture has been put here for good reason. Beginning to cool the body down and expelling all the rest of the stale air and toxins from your lungs, you’ll be leaving the hot room in a few minutes a brand new you – rejuvenated, energized and full of life!

How to Do:
1. Kneel and sit on your heels pointing outward. Keep your back straight and rest your hands on your thighs. Relax the muscles in your face in stomach.

2. Slowly breathe in. Inhale deeply through your nostrils until your abdominal muscles contract like your stomach is sucked in. Breathe without any additional effort until your lungs are full and then exhale forcefully through your nostrils as well. You can do ten repetitions of this breathing exercise and make sure to take a break between each round especially if you feel a bit lightheaded. 

Tips:
^ Put every last bit of energy into Blowing in Firm Pose to make sure that you get the most 
   out of all the hard work that you just did
^ Make sure that the belly is the only thing that is moving in this posture
^ Keep your stomach as relaxed as possible… love your little Buddha belly!
^ No bouncing
^ Pick up the pace in the second set and work to stay in rhythm with the group

Benefits:
^ Detoxifies and cleanses body by removing stale air and toxins from the lungs
^ Brings mental clarity
^ Strengthens abdominal organs and wall
^ Normalizes bowels
^ Energizes body
^ Improves oxygenation to the body
^ Improves cardiovascular and respiratory systems
^ Good for high blood pressure

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Prof: Koti Madhav Balu Chowdary

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