Grounding Energy One Breath Away
When we think of our breath perhaps we only go as far as noticing that automatic inhale and exhale natural function. Imagine when we can explore ways where we can access our full inner power by simply connecting to it, which is our life force. Today I bring you a powerful Yogic breathing technique for deeply grounded energy.
Whether you decide to try it prior to your asana and meditation practice, before a meeting, or simply to find your center again, this practice can change your mood in just 3 minutes. Find a space where you can preferably sit comfortably, and allow yourself to arrive to this moment again.
I invite you to set an intention prior to starting, perhaps something you want to release, bringing your inner awareness to what it is that you are breathing into your life and as you exhale what you wish to breathe out, finding intentionality with every breath.
Today I bring you KAPALABHATI, this is an ancient breathing technique that will not only instantly revitalize your body but will also highly accelerate the degree of your mental awareness and clarity. It will help release negative emotions, shake off sluggishness, energize. Kapalbhati is a heating breathing exercise, and will give you an energy boost and bring you back to your center. It helps the body eliminate large amounts of CO2, allowing the red blood cells to suck in more oxygen, increasing the richness of the blood.
When you finish a set, bring your palms together in front of your heart, close your eyes and visualize yourself in a physical and energetic position of openness, balance and empowerment.
From Sanskrit, Kapalabhati (ka'-pa'la'-bha'-tee) means skull shining, also known as frontal lobe brain cleansing.
Bhati: shining or light
Benefits of Kapalabhati:
Cleanses lungs and respiratory system
Strengthens and tones diaphragm and abdominal muscles
Increases oxygen to cells, purifying blood in the process
Energizes and clears mind, also vert grounding
Creates a feeling of awareness and alertness
How to Perform:
The important thing to remember is that your inhale is passive and your exhale is the forceful, powerful pumping movement through your nose. Start this practice at a slow pace, and with time you can build as it feels comfortable for you to do so, noticing what are the limiting stories of your mind.
Sit comfortably, spine is nice and long, hands resting on your lap facing up or if you want to take it up a notch, arms are straight up above your head, open at 60 degrees, palms face up to the sky. If you’re sitting in a chair, make sure to place both feet on the ground.
Take a deep, cleansing breath before you begin, in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Inhale deeply through your nose, filling your belly with air about ¾ way full.
In a quick motion, forcefully exhale all the air from your lungs while drawing your navel in toward your spine. The primary movement is from your diaphragm.
Allow your lungs to fill up naturally, with no effort as your belly expands.
Perform this cycle 20 times.
Returning to its natural state, take a deep inhale and retain the breath for 10 seconds. Bring your focus to your heart center.
Allow your breathing to return to normal and observe the sensations in your body, this is one cycle.
Repeat these cycles of 10 movements, 5 to 6 times.
Contraindication: Do not practice Kapalabhati if you are pregnant, or if you have high blood pressure, acid gastric issues, heart disease, or abdominal pain, or feel a pinch on your ribcage. Slow down if you feel dizzy or anxious, remember the more you do, the more comfortable it becomes.
Moun is the Cofounder Of Wild Woman. She is a ancient Yoga, breathwork and meditation teacher. Follow her below.