Kapalabhati and Anulom Vilom In Moving Car

by Manoj
(New Delhi, India)

Can Kapalbhati and Anulom Vilom be done while moving in car since I have to spend nearly four hours everyday in the car?

It is not advisable to do pranayama in a moving car as pranayama is to be done while attaining a stable yoga pose. If you are driving or a passenger in a moving car, there is considerable body movements due to motion of vehicle. The air is not fresh inside the vehicle/ on the congested city roads. Also, it is difficult to maintain the spine erect maintaining natural curve of the spine.

Pranayama is different from the physiological aspect of breathing. Pranayama requires that you maintain a comfortable sitting pose and brain should not be under tension. In pranayama, the respiratory system is used to relax the nervous system without straining the nerves. The body must be relaxed. While in a moving vehicle, the mind is not completely relaxed and this effects the breathing process.

As BKS Iyengar says in his book "Light on Life", "In yogic breathing, the brain and the extremeties of the body remains passive, and only the lungs are activated."

However, you can practice breath awareness and try to breathe rhythmically while moving in car.

Any comments??


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Aug 07, 2010
by: Anonymous

With pranam

Thanks for your information about kapalbhati and anulom vilom in moving car. I think yoga and pranayam need tension free mind and good air cirulated atmosphere.

Best regards
United arab emirates

Aug 04, 2010
Riding In Cars
by: sue at locoyoga

Listing to and even doing Mantras is nice way to use time in vehicles for inner work. You can do up lifting ones on the way to work and relaxing one on the way home nor what ever feels right for what you are doing and dealing with. Don't do extremely meditative or difficult ones though. Get and try a couple of CDs and enjoy the journey.

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