Kapalbhati is a technique of pranayama, although some yogic scriptures regard it as one ofthe shatkarmas1. It is similar to bhastrika pranayama2. However, it has distinct differences in both method and benefits. It is an excellent practice that purifies the frontal portion of the brain, massages the abdominal organs and improves respiration. It is also a powerful method of waking up the mind. After ten rounds of kapalbhati it is impossible to sleep. Try it! Therefore, it can be use d to energize the mind for mental work when you feel tired, and to remove sleepiness early in the morning. It is an ideal practice to do immediately before commencing meditation techniques.
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