also known as“Breath of Fire or “Skull breathing” is an invigorating way of starting your morning. With every snap of the stomach, drawing in fresh oxygen in a rapid cadence while dispelling stagnancy and carbon dioxide from the body. This form of Pranayama (breathing yoga) increasing blood flow and energy (prana) to the entire system and is a wonderful pre-meditation practice as it increases alertness while creating a calmness in the mind.
Kapalabhati is Sankrit:
Breath is the life force for everything living organism yet, in times of stress, we typically hold our breath and unintentionally fail to take advantage of the full benefits that breathing has to offer the mind and body.
We know that damage to the brain usually stems from a lack of oxygen due to some sort of trauma, be it physical or emotional. Stroke survivors, parents of autistic children and those dealing with depression or PTSD might look into Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments which has shown some significant promise in helping patients get clarity of the brain. However, this treatment is rarely covered by insurance and can cost an upwards of $100-$300+ per treatment.
What ancient yogi’s have known all along is the power of fresh oxygenated blood to the brain and have practiced pranayama breathing for centuries for all the health benefits associated with it. And best of all, it is a free benefit for all to use which makes it that much more rewarding.