The term Kapalabhati pranayama is also referred to as skull shining breath. Kapala is a sanskrit word meaning skull and Bhati means
shine.This is one of the cleansing techniques of hatha yoga, but lot of people practice kapalabhati as a part of their pranayama practice. This pranayama is a powerful breathing techniques which has immense health benefits. However, it is advisable to learn this technique from a yoga teacher. Practice of this breathing technique must only be carried out if you are physically fit. Also, increase the number of repetitions gradually. Doing too much of this pranayama without proper technique may lead to side effects like dizziness, headache etc.
Read general guidelines for pranayama before starting this pranayama.
Initially time out with one exhalation per second.
Start with one set of 20 exhalations. Carry out 2 to 3 sets as long as you feel
comfortable, do not stress your body. After completing one set breathe normally for a minute or so.
Gradually increase the number of exhalations per set to 100 (increase by 20 per week) and repeat carry out 2 to 3 sets.
This pranayama is prohibited for heart patients and people with high blood pressure. Also it should not be done for the following conditions:-
If you experience any giddiness, stop the practice, rest and take normal breaths.