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Cure for: Kapalabhati Kriya provides relief in many lung, throat and chest diseases like chronic bronchitis, asthma, pleurisy and tuberculosis.

Description: Kapala means ‘skull’ and bhati means ‘shine’. This is a respiratory exercise for the abdomen and diaphragm. The channels inside the nose and other parts of the respiratory system are purified by this exercise. In the process, the brain is also cleared. Kapalbhati enables the inhalation of a good amount of oxygen which purifies the blood and strengthens the nerve and brain centers.


  • Sit in a comfortable position, preferably in padmasana.
  • Exercise the diaphragm by exhaling suddenly and quickly through both nostrils, producing a hissing sound.
  • Inhaling will be automotive and passive.
  • The air should be exhaled from the lungs with a sudden, vigorous inward stroke of the front abdominal muscles.
  • The abdominal stroke should be complete and the breath should be expelled fully.
  • While inhaling, no willful expansion is necessary and the abdominal muscles should be relaxed.
  • This exercise should be done in three phases, each consisting of 20 to 30 strokes a minute.
  • A little rest can be taken in between.
  • Throughout, the thoracic muscles should be kept contracted.
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