Kapalabhati And High Blood Pressure

by Sanjay

Hi, my name is sanjay. I have just started doing yoga for the last 3 days watching it on dvd of baba Ramdev. I'm suffering with high blood pressure and do take tekma H every day after break fast. While I was just surfing the sites, your site suggest's people with High BP should not do kapal bharti. Kindly suggest.


Warm regards
Sanjay

Answer
People with high blood pressure should not do Kapalabhati. However, if by taking medicines your blood pressure is normal you may do this exercise, preferably under the guidance of a yoga teacher. Here are some precautions:-

~ First consult your doctor about doing Kapalabhati.

~ If your age is more than 40 and health is not good seek guidance of a teacher to start this pranayama.

~ Do not give shocks to your body by doing Kapalabhati while beginning your yoga practice. First do the yoga poses and pranayama which does not affect your blood pressure for a month or so. Yoga asanas free accumulated mental tension, removes toxins from the body and bring harmony of mind, body and spirit. This will aid smooth functioning of all organs of your body. A sound body is a pre requisite for doing pranayama.

~ Initially get going with as Alom Vilom, Rhythmic breathing and Chandrabhedi pranayama are ideal for high blood pressure.

~ Take extra care to reduce any source of stress in your life and master the art of relaxation.

Kapalabhati
When starting to do Kapalabhati, do it at a slow rate. For example, do 3 exhalations per 5 seconds and also reduce the force of exhalation. Do only 15-20 exhalations at a time and repeat 2-3 times with due rest in between. Gradually increase the no of exhalations and the number of repetitions.

Hope this helps. You can let us know of your progress by leaving a comment on this page. Other visitors are also welcome to share their experiences.

Regards
Daljit


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Oct 30, 2016
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High Blood Pressure
by: Sherri

I am 63 year old woman, post menopause, and been practicing yoga (asana, pranayama and meditation) daily for about 6 months. I have been taking classes for 3 years. My daily practice included kapalabhati. I recently took a pranayama class and had to quit because I became very tired and now have high blood pressure (158/89). I think I have had episodes of high blood pressure since menopause (age in my 50s) but they seemed to go away. I am not overweight, eat well - a mostly vegan diet, walk regularly, and started a push-up program to build strength. I started running intervals 2-3 times a week hoping it will help. How can I get my blood pressure back to normal?

Editors Note

Dear Sherri

You must take medical advice and start medicine as per doctors prescription. You need to do restorative yoga practice for getting optimum relaxation, do not stress the body, take adequate rest between poses if required and do not hold breath while during yoga poses or pranayama. In pramayama, do only rhythmic breathing and anulom vilom pranayama.

Just ensure that you are not suffering from some kind of stress. Do practice meditation with full faith.

You can contact me if you have more queries.

All the best
Daljit

Aug 17, 2016
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Kidney Failure and High Blood Pressure
by: Prasad

Hello,

I have done kidney transplant operation but I have BP problem. My BP is now 160 to 170 . Doctor has advice me medicine. I just want to kapalbhati and what more exercise should I do.

Editors Note
Please take the medicines as prescribed. Start to do yoga under guidance only. You should not do kapalabhati at all.

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Daljit

Aug 14, 2016
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kapalbhati
by: jyotish

I am 35 years old. I always do yoga and pranayama like anulom vilom, kapalabhati, nadi shodhana, bhramri etc. My BP is normal. Sometimes my BP increase to 130-85. So I hope useful comment for this.

Editors Note
Please consult doctor to monitor your BP so as to rule out any medical issue. After clinical diagnosis, if your BP is ok, you can continue with your practice. In case BP is high, proceed further as per doctors advice and do not do kapalabhati.

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Daljit

Aug 02, 2016
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Help
by: Sakal Pandit

Hi
My name is sakal pandit from Nepal. I am suffering from High Blood Pressure since 1 year. Please help me?

Editors Note
You can read my reply to previous query. For specific queries you can contact me.

Warm regards
Daljit

Aug 01, 2016
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BP related
by: Anonymous

Hello, I'm 25 yrs old and was diagnosed with a bp of 150/100, earlier today. Doctor has advised me to take some Patanjali medicines. Please help! How can I bring down the bp and cure it?

Editors Note
Please take your doctors advice and take proper medicines. At the same time reduce weight, modify your lifestyle, eating habits and do regular walking/ yoga so that you are able to stop medicine gradually. You can read more about medicine and high blood pressure.

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Daljit

Aug 01, 2016
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Suryanamaskara and HBP
by: Anonymous

Is suryanamaskara recommended for high blood pressure patients?

Editors Note
Suryanamaskar is not recommended for high blood pressure patients.

Warm regards
Daljit

Jun 17, 2016
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what's yoga for hypothyroidism and hypertension ?
by: Ananda

I am 34 years old. I have dignosed hypothyroidism and hypertension last 2 years 3 months before. I have taking allopathic medicine for these disease and also doing anulom vilom morning and evening per day 1 hour. Please suggest me is anulom vilom suitable for these disease ? Which pranayam i should do please suggest me?

Editors Note

In addition to anulom vilom you should do ujjayi breathing and aum recitation. Reduce weight, eat less, walk more and sleep well. Do meditation to reduce your stress levels.

All the best
Daljit

Dec 16, 2015
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high bp
by: Ramesh

Hi,

I am 31 years old. My BP was 140/90 and started medication with low dosage. Now, I stopped medicines daily and am taking it alternate days. I do anulom vilom for 20 min and kapalbhati slowly for 7 min. My BP is always normal now even I take medicine alternatively. At times I stopped BP medication completely and my BP at that time was 130/90. Pls sugesst me if my BP is cured completely. I am taking medicine alternate days as I heard that one should not stop it all of a sudden.

Editors Note
Though with yoga you can get cure from high blood pressure by sustained and regular practice. Please do not take the decision to stop medicine on your own, stop medicine only under guidance of a doctor. Please read more be clicking on the following link:
stopping medicine for high blood pressure

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Daljit

Dec 02, 2015
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Yoga for high blood pressure
by: Ananda

My age is 33 year. I have hypothyroidism and high blood pressure. Please advice me what yoga is recommended for these disease?

Editors Note

You need to do yoga under guidance of a yoga therapist/ experienced yoga teacher. Start with a beginners yoga sequence and avoid asanas not recommended for hypothyroidism. Other priority should be to reduce weight by eating healthy and exercise.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Nov 10, 2015
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High bp
by: Anonymous

I have a high bp of 150/100. I am practising hard yoga of bhrastika and kapalbhati. I do not feel any problem. I am not using any medicine. Please advice.

Editors Note
1. Please stop doing kapalabhati and bhastrika immediately. You may not feel any problem now, but it may manifest any time.

2. Ignoring your blood pressure without medical advise can be very risky. So seek advice of a doctor immediately.

You can read more by clicking on the related links given below.
hypertension and pranayama
kapalabhati and high blood pressure

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Daljit


Jul 28, 2015
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Controlling Diabetes by Kapalabhati
by: Anonymous

I used to do 4200 strokes of kapalabhati daily. Please reply; is it o.k and shall I be benefited by this paranayama?


You can do kapalabhati if you are already doing the practice. But for controlling diabetes, it is suggested that you do other yoga asanas and pranayama also. Doing only one type of asana or pranayama is not recommended.

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Daljit

Jul 19, 2015
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Kalapaphati and high blood pressure
by: Anonymous

I am aged 66 years and taking medicine for high blood pressure. After I do kapalabhati for the count of 10-10. My blood pressure reading is lower, I must be doing something.

Editors Note

It is advisable not to do kapalabhati without supervision for high blood pressure patients. You can do anulom vilom and rhythmic deep breathing.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Jul 07, 2015
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controlling diabetes by kapalbhati
by: Madan Mohan

I am doing kapalbhati for the last three years. I am diabetic. Today morning I checked my FBS and it is 145. After that I took bath and performed kapalbhati about 30 minutes and again checked my FBS on glocumeter and it was 150. Please explain it raises after kapalbhati.

Editors Note

FBS should not rise after kapalabhati pranayama. We cannot conclude on the basis of single reading. Please observe for few days and let us know if you get similar results.

Warm regards
Daljit

Jun 23, 2015
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My Doubt
by: Suresh S. Shimpi

I am 70 year old man. I am doing Kapalbhati in the morning. I do 500 strokes in 10 minutes since 8 years. Since 4 years I have noticed that I have high b,p, So I am taking Safe Telmi A M for last 1.5 years under doctors advice. My question is, Is the high B.P. result of doing kapalabhati?

Editors Note

Practice of kapalabhati pranayama does not result in increased blood pressure for a healthy individual. With kapalabahti blood pressure may rise in case of blood pressure patients, but it will come back after some time. So monitor your blood pressure before and after kapalabhati pranayama and consult your doctor.

It is recommended that instead of doing kapalabhati, focus on other pranayama like anulom vilom, bhramri, ujjayi, shitali etc.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Jun 13, 2015
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High Blood Pressure Cure With Yoga
by: CS Tiwari

I am 30 years old and my weight is 111 kgs. I have sitting job and my BP was 140/100. Then My doctor prescribed me medicine telzy mt 50 (40 50) 4 months ago. But I want to quit allopathic medicine because it has very much side effects. Can I maintain a normal BP after quitting medicines. If yes, then please suggest me. Can I maintain my BP normally by yoga only?

Thanks
CS Tiwari

Editors Note
1. Do not stop medicine without doctors consultation.
2. Reducing weight through regular exercise and healthy eating should be your top most priority.
3. With regular yoga, healthy eating and lifestyle changes it is possible to bring your blood pressure to normal ranges. Once your blood pressure is stabilised and weight is reduced, you may stop medicine with doctors consultation while continuing with periodical monitoring of blood pressure.
4. Once you are able to quit medicine, practice yoga regularly and take care of your diet to keep blood pressure levels in normal range.

You may read a similar article about
Stopping high blood pressure with medicine
Reducing hypertension and anxiety.

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Daljit

May 16, 2015
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Yoga for hypertension and hypothyroidism.
by: Ananda

I am 33 year's old and I am suffering from hypertension and hypothyroidism problem last 1 year and 2 month's. I started the yoga from one year but I do not know what to do and don't. Please suggest me what's yoga suitable for these disease.

Editors Note
1. For you best approach is to lose weight by all means and do yoga under guidance. Start with a simple yoga sequence for few months and avoid asanas contra indicated for high blood pressure.
2. Get medical advice and take proper medicine as prescribed by doctor.
3. In addition to yoga, long walks are ideal for you.
4. Change your lifestyle to active one, stay relaxed and avoid stress.
5. In case you are an experienced yoga practitioner and have any other specific doubt, please do contact me.

Strong will power, strict dietary control and regular exercise is a must to get over hypertension and hypothyroidism.
Hope it helps
Daljit


Apr 19, 2015
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kapalbhati
by: Anand

Hello I am 33 years old. I am suffering from hypertension and hypothyroidism since 1.5 years. Please help me. What's yoga for this?

Editors Note
You need to learn yoga from a yoga teacher or yoga therapist. If you are already doing yoga and need further advice do contact me with more details.

Hope it helps.
Daljit

Apr 04, 2015
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Stopping high BP medicine with yoga
by: Rajesh

Respected Sir

My name is Rajesh. Recently I was diagnosed with BP ranging 140 to 160 in top and 80 to 90 in bottom. Under the guidance of our physician I am taking mild dose medication for BP.
One of my friend (Doctor) told that by doing yoga we can stop medication. Is it true?

And another thing is I am smoker. That means previously I was taking some 5 to 6 cigarettes per day. But now I gradually reduced. Now I am talking only two per day and by next month I will make it one per day and gradually I will quit it completely further. I don't have alcohol habit.

Now my question is by talking BP tablets I heard that there are side effects. So is it possible to quit medication for BP by doing Yoga?

Editors Note
With yoga we can cure hypertension and for that you must practice yoga under guidance of a yoga expert.
~ Stop smoking completely.
~ Take adequate rest and relaxation.
~ Slow down your life and lower stress levels.
~ Do regular walking and eat healthy.
~ Reduce weight.

You can read more on stopping high blood pressure medicine with yoga.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Jan 31, 2015
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Kapalbhati in high blood pressure
by: Sunil

Hello

I am suffering from high blood pressure. My blood pressure is 145/78 and my age is 29 years, weight is 63 Kg. Can I do kapalbhati prayanama?

Editors Note
Please do not do kapalabhati. Do yoga and other pranayama till your blood pressure reduces.
hypertension and pranayama
Yoga practice and high blood pressure

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Daljit

Jan 15, 2015
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Kapalbhati Queries
by: Shekhar

Sir

I am practicing kapalbhati from some time, I feel that I am not doing it in correct way. I do not feel well after doing it, my heart beat rate increases, and many other issues.

I want to know the exact method of doing it, in this do we need to really exert force while directing air out, or it should be done in very cool quite manner.

Please reply.

Editors Note

Dear Shekhar

As per your query you are not comfortable while doing kapalbhati. Kapalabhati pranayama must be integrated in your yoga practice along with yoga asanas and other pranayama.

The symptoms you mentioned may be due to any medical issue or lack of correct technique or adequate rest and relaxation. In kapalabhati, you have to exert mild force while exhaling along with abdomen movement (pulling inside).

You must join a yoga class to learn yoga and pranayama. You must stop practice of kapalabhai pranayama. Meanwhile, you can practice rhythmic breathing and anulom vlom.

You can refer the webpage : Kapalabhati Pranayama

Hope it helps
Daljit

Dec 05, 2014
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kapal bhati for bp
by: hariyali

My BP is 140/90. I am 32 years old. Can I do kapalbhati pranayam?

Editors Note

You have not provided adequate details. Are you a beginner in yoga? Is your weight within limits? Have you consulted a doctor?

Please go through other readers queries. If you still have doubt you can contact me.

Namaste
Daljit


Oct 13, 2014
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High Blood Pressure and Kapalabhati
by: Anonymous

I completed my 74 years August this year. I developed high blood pressure two years back. Before that I was doing Kapalabhati. Some said that one should not do it if one has this blood high pressure of blood. From two years I am taking medicine regularly and I have digital monitor and check it and it is normal. I have complete blood check usually once 6 months and sometimes three months as per the doctor's advice. I have not quit the Kapalabhati completely. I do deep breathing and do it. Is it fine? Please advise.

Editors Note

Here the most important issue is to do yoga to keep blood pressure under control. Therefore you must seek help of an experienced teacher who can suggest a suitable yoga sequence for you.

In case your blood pressure is under control, you may do kapalabhati, but it should be part of a yoga sequence along with other pranayama and yoga poses. Doing only kapalabhati is not recommended.

You may read more about similar question on kapalabhati and high blood pressure.

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Daljit

Oct 03, 2014
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Kapalbhati Queries
by: Surya

Hello Sir

I have one concern regarding kapalabhati, please answer me.

While doing kapalabhati, we are supposed to throw the air out from lungs with the pressure exerted by abdomen? Or we are just throwing air out and stomach is moving by its own?

In kapalbhati air is thrown out of from abdomen or through lungs?

Please clarify my doubt, passionately waiting for your valuable reply.

Thanks

Editors Note

While doing kapalabhati, for doing forceful exhalation, we are supposed to throw the air out from lungs aided by the pressure exerted by abdomen movement.

Hope this helps
Daljit


Jul 04, 2014
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Kapalabhati
by: Guru Yogacharya

Om Namashivaya,

If you are suffering from high blood pressure and if you want to practise yoga. First consult a doctor then start kapalabhati with a help of a qualified master. But please don't follow any book, CD's, televisions etc. Please do it with proper guidance. Thank You..

May 06, 2014
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Quit Medicine for High BP
by: Mayank

Hello,

I am 48 years of age. I have High BP problem from 6 years. Normally my BP is 100/145. I am taking NUSAR ATN tab but not regular. One day my BP was 117/192, at that time also I did not feel any problem. As per doctor this is risky. Now I want to quit medicine with the help of YOGA. Is it possible?

Editors Note

You can get cure for high BP with yoga. For that you have to work in close collaboration with your doctor and experienced yoga teacher. Regular yoga practice, proper diet, lifestyle changes and reducing of stress, are all essential factors for overcoming hypertension.

As per doctors advice keep on taking your medicine. Once you have developed your regular yoga practice and BP are normal while taking medicines you may try to decrease the dosage of medicine in consultation with your doctor.

You can read more on the subject on following webpages

Stopping high BP medicine with yoga

Hypertension and Pranayama

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Daljit

Apr 03, 2014
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Pranayama and High Blood Pressure
by: Anonymous

Hello

I was doing pranayama for some 5 months pooraka, kumbhaka and rechaka as per books of Swami Vivekananda.

After doing breath control I recently noticed heaviness in head and pulse pounding almost whole day. Then I checked my blood pressure, it was 140/100. Please tell me how to come to normal.

Editors Note

Pranayama should be done by a person who is physically fit and has mastered the asanas. Also, holding of breath in pranayama should be learned from a yoga teacher and is not to be practiced by learning from the books.

1. Stop doing pranayama for a while say one week or so. Do not hold breath in pranayama unless you learn it correctly from a yoga teacher.

2. Consult your doctor about your fitness to do yoga poses and pranayama.

3. In case you are cleared by your doctor, initially start with asanas. Once you develop your asana practice, you can start with rhythmic breathing and anulom vilom pranayama without holding of breath. Preferably learn yoga from an experienced teacher.

Hope this helps.
Daljit

Jan 17, 2014
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Blood Pressure
by: darshan kumar

I have 90/170 blood pressure, not taking any medicine, doing anulom vilom. Is it ok or shall I do kapalabhati.

Editors Note
Consult your doctor and you must take medicine as recommended to avoid further medical problems. Start pranayama under guidance. You can practice deep breathing and anulom vilom, do not do kapalabhati.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Aug 23, 2013
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High Blood Pressure and Kapalbhati
by: Royal Babu

Regular exercise from 30 to 60 min can lower your blood pressure. And if you are already taking medicine, please do not stop unless you see your blood pressure is under 115/75. If you reach to this point only by exercising then consult a Qualified Cardiologist(not general physician)about your further medication. He may stop your medicine. Remember, most of doctors are not aware of Yoga and its original effects. But do not ignore Doctors as a novice. Do practice yoga and other exercises as per your ability regularly for 3 years then you can 100% avoid Doctors.

Aug 23, 2013
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About Health And Yoga
by: Lord FaltuYogi

Why doctors and medical businessmen are becoming rich in this world? Because most people are becoming worthless, unfit and hopeless.

Because what you are eating and doing have no relation. We are self proclaimed rational beings, humans have been given two legs and two hands to work hard and then eat. In ancient time some time men cant find food to eat may be because of bad weather or something else, thus comes fasting.

Believe it or not my friends, I can challenge you that in next 20 years world will be full of unhealthy patients. Generally, rich men will suffer more than poor men. So if you want to stay fine and healthy, do regular exercise along with yoga as per your ability.

Aug 23, 2013
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Do Not Be Confused About Kapalabhati
by: Genegal FaltuYogi

I am a bodybuilder and suffering from high blood pressure. I am 38 years of age. But I keep everything normal even better that a normal person by regular 1 hour weight exercise, 20 min swimming, 30 min yoga (kapalabhati and anulom-vilom),15 min walking(high speed).

By the way, I have to tell you something, that medical science may not be perfect for all, as we know very little about human life and a living cell. Remember man can not create life, and even a single cell or one drop of blood. So my dear friends, man is the slave of practice. Do kapalabhati, even if you are suffering from high BP. But do not forget to take BP medicine, and one glass of lauki(juice) on empty stomach. After practicing this for 45 days, you will see your BP is low(may be). Then consult a qualified cardiologist. I think you will feel good.

But I know it is difficult to do so for old persons. If you are old, I mean above 50 then you exercise in the morning for 10 min, at noon swim for 7 min , evening walk for 10 min. Ok, if you feel problem, then just stop and revise the timings.

Editors Note
Thanks for sharing your views.

1. Best thing is to change your lifestyle and avoid blood pressure.
2. In case you have blood pressure, consult your doctor before doing any exercise. Doing yoga is perfectly fine if you do not do the asanas not recommended for high blood pressure patients.

3. Any regular exercise (for example half an hour to one hour walk), yoga and diet control can help to control blood pressure. But keep on taking your medicine unless doctor advises you to stop taking medicine.

4. Practice of kapalabhati should be done after consulting your doctor. In any case first target should be to reduce weight, do regular exercise for a month or so and once your body is in good health, then only think of doing kapalabhati. Meanwhile anulom vilom pranayama (without retention of breath) does not tax the body much and can be practiced by high blood pressure patients.

Namaste
Daljit

Apr 17, 2012
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Art of Living Pranayama
by: Anonymous

The pranayamas taught by The Art of Living are not forceful and actually help those people with high blood pressure or other stress related health issues- you should give it a go- it helped me!!

Sep 17, 2011
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Practice of Kapalbhati Pranayam
by: Bhoomika Shah

Generally High BP patients should not do the Asanas or carefully do the asanas and pranayama which are tiring or increases your breathing rate. Also, retention of breath is not allowed for high BP patients. Shashank asana and Bala asana are the relaxation poses. They help you in dealing with high BP and are accepted for anger management.

In Kapalbhati pranayama exahalation is forceful and inhalation is automatic between two exhalations. Ideally there should be 2 exhalations per second, but beginners should start it with slow pace(1 exhalation per second). Also the concentration should be on abdominal movement, your shoulder should not be lifted during this pranayam. 20 - 25 strokes can be easily done at a time. Then take adequate rest to start it back. If you do kapalbhati pranayama after practicing JAL NETI, you will find tremendous increase in the number of strokes at a time. 70 - 75 strokes can be easily achieved in a single shot if kapalabhati is performed after JAL NETI.

Editors Note
Thanks Bhoomika for providing valuable information. As you have advised, in the beginning the exhalation rate should be slower say 1 exhalation per second. Duration of kapalabhati pranayama should be gradually increased. It is not to be practiced if there is a slight sign of any discomfort.

Mar 16, 2010
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Chandra Bhedi Pranayama
by: Anonymous

Sir how to do Chandra Bhedi Pranayama

Mar 14, 2010
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Kapalabhati and high blood pressure
by: Krishnamurthy Goturu

All said and done it does not seem that easy and perfect doing pranayama, asana or any yoga abhyasa by following on-line instructions. It is equally not that easy and difficult to find a suitable yoga teacher unless one is prepared to shell down heavy fees, which all can not afford. Then what is the solution?

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