SKULL SHINING BREATH | KAPALABHATI
August at Zama is all about shining so it only makes sense that our Pose of the Month is Skull Shining Breath (also known as Kapalabhati or Breath of Fire). It's an energising breath that releases stress, toxins, negative emotions & helps clear stuck energy in the body. It also cleanses the sinuses, subtlety tones abdominals, boosts digestion and assists the respiratory system. If you need a natural caffeine hit you can use this breath to help wake up & stimulate your senses, and if you need to clear anything out physically or energetically you can use this to get all bright & shiny again!
Get into a comfortable seated position and rest your hand to your lower belly underneath the navel. As you inhale you should feel the breath expand out towards your hand and as you exhale feel the breath pull back towards your spine. You only have to focus on the exhale as the inhale is passive and looks after itself. Make the exhale strong and sharp almost like you're trying to blow out a candle with your nose. The breath is working on pumping out your diaphragm and being able to use your exhales to clear out your system. It doesn’t need to be super fast but should be a consistent rhythm. Remember to try and relax your jaw and your forehead. Try for two rounds of 30 strokes (breaths) and one round of 50 strokes.