Kapal Means brain and Bhati means light, brightness, shine, glow etc. The Pranayam, which brings glow, light, shine, on the forehead, is called Kapalbhati. This is slightly different from Bhastrika Pranayam. In the latter inhaling, exhaling is done with the same speed but in Kapalbhati focus is on exhaling. We do not try to inhale but air enters automatically while exhaling. The person should exhale with full concentration. The stomach contracts and expands automatically and force excreted on Mooladhar, Swadhisthan and Manipur Chakra. This should be practiced at least four to five minutes every day if possible. While practicing this Pranayam we should think that the air that we are breathing out is taking away all the disease present in the body. The person suffering from particular disease should think in this manner and remove the negative feelings present in his mind like anger, lust, greed, attachment, jealousy, and hatred etc. If we think that our body is getting rid of the disease and positive energy is entering then it has positive impact.
This Pranayam should be practiced for at least three minutes and then increased up to 15-20 minutes. Any time you feel tiredness take a brake and begin again soon you feel energetic. This can be practiced non stoop for up the five minutes. 5 minutes is the maxim limit for non stop Kapalbhati practice. In the beginning a person might feel back pain or stomach pain but it will disappear after some time.
It increases the glow, brightness, and beauty of the face.
It is beneficial in Phlegm related disease like asthma, allergy, respiratory problems, sinuses etc.
It is very helpful lungs related ailment or heart and brain.
It is extremely beneficial in case of obesity, diabetes, gas, constipation, acidity, kidney, and prostate problems.
Regular practice of Kapalbhati for five minutes can cure constipation, diabetes without any medication. It reduces extra fat on stomach and back by four to eight kilos in one month and it also helps in removing the blockage from arteries.
The mind remains stable, calm and happy. The negative thoughts are kept at bay and the person is free from depression and other mental disease.
It circulates divine strength in all charkas or centers and purifies them.
This Pranayam is very beneficial and has a positive impact on stomach, pancreas, liver, spleen, intestines, prostate and kidney. This Pranayam is alone capable of giving al the benefits for stomach, which cannot be obtained from Asana. It strengthens the week intestines.