Make Your Mind Sparkling Clean

Today practice Kapalbhati breathing which most literally translated means “sparkling clean.” It clears your head of negative emotions so it is devoid of toxins and becomes shiny and clean by very quickly eliminating Carbon dioxide and bringing in fresh oxygen.

Kapalabhati Breathing: Step by Step

  • Kapalabhati consists of alternating short, explosive exhales and slightly longer, passive inhales. Generate the exhales by contracting your lower belly (between the pubis and navel). Inhales are responses to the release of this contraction, which sucks air back into the lungs.
  • Focus on your lower belly. This may be hard at first. If needed, cup your hands and press them lightly against your lower belly to get a feel.
  • Now quickly contract (or pump your fisted hands against) your lower belly, pushing a burst of air out of your lungs. Then quickly release the contraction (or your hands), so the belly “rebounds” to suck air into your lungs. Pace yourself slowly at first. Repeat eight to 10 times at about one exhale-inhale cycle every second or two.
  • As you become more adept at contracting/releasing your lower belly, you can increase your pace to about two exhale-inhale cycles every second.
  • Do 25 to 30 cycles at first. You can gradually increase this to 100 or more

Also use physical asanas, especially those designed to work on the three main systems of the body, which play a crucial role in the elimination of wastes. These systems are: circulatory, digestive and lymphatic systems.  Yoga impacts these three systems better than any other fitness because it focuses on stretching and compressing every part of the body.  Every part of the body is pushed, pulled, twisted, and turned!  I hope that you will find this breathing detox practice a powerful ally in bringing back the sparkle into your life. Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia

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