Pranayama Techniques – Kapalabhati & Bhastrika

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we systematically present Kapalabhati and introduce Bhastrika.


Become familiar with teaching considerations and instructions for Kapalabhati, known as Skull Shining Breath, and review an introduction to Bhastrika, Bellows Breath.


While often referred to as a type of pranayama, provide the more technically accurate description of Kapalabhati. Explain the fundamental purpose of the practice and other reported effects. Describe four suggestions for mindfully preparing to practice Kapalabhati and give instructions for practice. Provide a variation that experienced practitioners might wish to try. Describe Bhastrika and explain when these breath practices are contraindicated.

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