What is Kapalabhati Pranayama?

Andrea Bobby

Andrea is a teacher and lifelong practitioner of Yoga. Born in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India, she now resides in Ontario, Canada and offers online classes in classical Hatha Yoga. As the founder of Body Mind Light and the creator of its Online Shop, she strives to propagate the authentic, original wisdom of Yoga to the world. Read more...

24 Responses

  1. Juan says:


    Thanks for the great information, Many years ago I learned about the ancient practice of mindful breathing but it was only in text form the video really helped me understand I am now able to visualize the exercise so thank you for that.

    You mention this is a great way to start your yoga practice but can I start my day with this exercise or is it best to follow with a Yoga routine?

  2. Hillary says:

    I practice kapalabhati during my yoga practice and find it to be very cleansing and revitalizing. I have practiced yoga for 20 years and this is such an important component.SOmetimes my friends say they get dizzy when they do this-can you explain to me why they might feel that and how to prevent it?

    • Andrea Bobby says:

      Dizziness during Kapalabhati means that he/she is forcing the exhalation too much or too fast. Tell them to take it nice and slow and build up gently and gradually.
      Remember that any existing medical conditions such as high/low blood pressure, epilepsy or heart disease are contraindications to breathing exercises, so it always best to practice under the guidance of a certified yoga instructor.

  3. Špela says:

    Hi, Andrea!
    This is something very new to me, as I was never so deep into different yoga practices, I relayed on the teachings of my trainer, as I believe many do. But the video and the description got me, I would like to try kapalabhati.
    Thanks for this valuable information.

    P.S. I find your whole site very interesting!

  4. Elektra says:

    Hi Andrea, thanks for the great post and info! I never heard about Kapalabhati Pranayama but you made me interested. I will definitely try it. I’m at the beginning of my yoga journey and it looks like have still a lot to learn 🙂

  5. DELJAR says:

    This is a good practice in calming the mind and body. I have not practice Yoga before and I believe that deep meditation allows the mind to rest thereby relieving the body of the harmful effects of stress. A healthy mind is needed to have a physiologically healthy body. Thank you for a wonderful and useful post.

  6. Furkan says:

    It has really amazing benefits and increasing the amount of oxygen into the body is just the thing which I can use for my workout sessions. For best results should I do it before or after the training?

  7. I always was interested in Yoga and recently I was searching for breathing techniques. I injured my back 8 years ago and though going to the gym and little bit of Yoga helped a lot it never quite healed entirely. I do believe it’s mostly from bad habbits I have and bad posture.

    My core muscle are very tight and I do think that I don’t breathe normally. I mean I think my technique of breathing is not good because of a lot of stress and very tight core muscles. I can’t expand my diaphragm very well while breathing and I do believe this is one of the cause I can’t breathe well.

    I am thankful that I found this article as I may try this new technique to help in my breathing. I also do believe that breathing is related to our thoughts and mind.

  8. Derek says:

    Thank you Andrea. Im glad i came across your site. I don’t do yoga, but my girlfriend does. I’m going to share this info with her. Thanks again

  9. Brent says:

    More awesome knowledge from you as always. I firmly believe that breathing is such a cleansing process for the mind and spirit. Another link to our divine selves. Thank you for sharing.

  10. matts mom says:

    This is very good information about Kapalabhati Pranayama. I had never heard of it, but it makes sense and sounds very relaxing. I have yet to try yoga. Is this practiced with most yoga at the beginning?

  11. TJSchlenker says:

    Interesting, Andrea. I meditate over here in Detroit. Learned it while taking Kung Fu training. Have never come across this particular technique tho’.

    Do you think it has noticeable benefits for someone like me who has no nasal or allergy issues at all?

    I usually meditate for 20 minutes, slowing my breathing down quite a bit. Just wonder if I should incorporate this or not.

    I’ll check out some of your other posts too. Looks like you’ve got some good stuff here….

    • Andrea Bobby says:

      Yoga isn’t just a cure for ailments. It’s a way of life that prevents ailments and keeps the body, mind and spirit healthy to begin with. So yes, all techniques in yoga, including breathing exercises such as Kapalabhati, will definitely have noticeable benefits.

      Hope you’ll stop by often!

  12. Danny says:

    Wow, interesting post. I had no idea there were so many variations of how to breathe! I will definitely try some of them out!

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