Kapalbhati Pranayama {Steps And Benefits}

kapalbathiKapalbhati Pranayama is a breathing techniques that exert profound physiological effects on cardiovascular, and mind also.

Kapalabhati Pranayama needs breathe coordination at higher rate and thence, higher rate of metabolism muscle activity, that made strengthening of the metabolism muscles and resulted in improvement of respiratory organ operate. In Kapalbhati Pranayama we exhale with stroke. Most important point to remember, is that when you are exhale while doing Kapalbhati Pranayama assume that all the mental and physical disorder are kicked out from your body and mind also. Keep assuming that feeling in every stroke of exhale. It is the simple and easy to do Pranayam but having powerful effect.

The word “kapalbhati” is comes from two words, kapal and Bhati. Meaning of kapal is skull ( in common word head, which includes all the organs under the skull too) and the meaning of  bhati is lighting, illuminating. According to Gherand samhita Kapalbhati is the most important in the process of shatkarm (shatkriya) and in this Samhita. There are three types of kapalbhati as follow:

Vatakrama kapalabhati

It is a practice same as Bhastrika, which a technique of Pranayama, except that exhalation is active whereas inhalation is passive, that is opposite of normal breathing.

Vyutkrama kapalabhati

It follow the same as Jala neti. This process involves sniffing water through the nostrils and letting it flow down into the mouth and then spitting it out.

Sheetkrama kapalabhati

Can be thought of the reverse of Vyutkrama kapalabhati, within which water is taken through the mouth so expelled through the nose. Due to the method, the organs below the skull (mainly the brain) and  also the little brain are influenced in a very smart manner. Therefore the word is employed in this means.

Steps of Kapalbhati Pranayama

  • First sit on the Padmasana and close your eyes and keep the spine straight.
  • Now take a deep breath (inhale deeply) through your both nostrils  until your lungs are full with air.
  • Now Exhale through both nostrils forcefully, so your stomach will go deep inside. As you exhale you feel some pressure in your stomach.

Kapalbhati pranayama steps

  • While the process of exhaling there is a hissing sound, at this point try to think that your disorders are coming out of your nose.
  • Repeat this process for 5 minutes.

Benefits of Kapalbhati Pranayama

  • It Generates heat in the system to help dissolve toxins and waste matter.
  • Adds luster and beauty to your face.
  • Improves digestion, Improves the function of kidneys and liver.
  • Daily practice of kapalbhati can cure the all intestinal problems.
  • It helps reduce stress in the eyes, thus curing dark circles around the eyes.
  • Improves the blood circulation problem in whole body parts.
  • It also helps in regaining poise in emotions.


  • If you have acid or heat related gastric problems, such as ulcers you should use caution with Kapalbhati Pranayama.
  • Kapalbhati is not to be practiced by those people who are suffering from high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke or epilepsy.

9 thoughts on “Kapalbhati Pranayama {Steps And Benefits}

  • The content read through this website and if practiced regularly and as i intend to do so will change my entire life ( My mind, body and soul) . thanks , wish to get connected to you, please advice and guide. – Keyur Doshi

  • Hi. Pls tell me that we have to inhale once at starting or we can inhale in between also?
    It is continuously exhale process or exhale inhale , exhale inhale process?

    • It’s a exhale and inhale process, but in exhale process we have to make some force during exhale, by this your stomach goes little backward and you fell this.Thnx

    • If you have high BP then you should avoid the practice.. if not then you can practice but at a slower rate.. apart from Anulom- vilom ( alternate nostril breathing) pranayam will be very helpful for u.. practice it daily for 30. Min. Or for 60. Min…. Stay blessed tc

  • i have a blocked fallopian tubes at right side and the left one is open.
    can kapalbhati is usefull for this ? if yes, how long should i do kapalbhati daily?

  • How to perform bhugatana kapal bhati.please Provide detail method citing finer points.how to bring out water in the mouth from nostrils?

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