Difference between revisions of "Kapālabhāti"

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<small>By Swami Harshananda</small>
 
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==Significance of Haṭhayoga==
 
Texts on Haṭhayoga prescribe various methods for the internal purification of the body that help in maintaining good health. The Saṭkarmas or six practices are an important prescription given by them.
 
  
==Classification of Kapālabhāti==
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Haṭhayoga texts prescribe various methods for the internal purification of the body that help in maintaining good health. The Saṭkarma-s or six practices are an important prescription given by them and the Kapālabhāti<ref>Gheranda Samhitā 1.56-59</ref> is the last of these the Saṭkarma-s . It is further of three kinds:
The kapālabhāti<ref>Gheranda Samhitā 1.56-59</ref> is the last of these six practices. It is, again, of three kinds:
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# Vātakrama- also referred as ‘vāma-krama’, performed by drawing air through the left nostril and expelling it through the right and vice-versa
# Vātakrama- It is also called ‘vāma-krama’. It is performed by drawing air through the left nostril and expelling it through the right and vice-versa.
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# Vyutkrama - In this the yogi draws water through both the nostrils and expels it through the mouth slowly
# Vyutkrama - In this the yogi draws water through both the nostrils and expels it through the mouth slowly.
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# Śītkrama - This is the reverse of the Vyutkrama, viz., drawing water through the mouth and then expelling through the nostrils
# Śītkrama - This is the reverse of the above-mentioned practice, viz., drawing water through the mouth and then expelling through the nostrils.
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==References==
 
==References==

Revision as of 13:05, 28 September 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Kapalabhati, KapAlabhAti, Kapaalabhaati


Haṭhayoga texts prescribe various methods for the internal purification of the body that help in maintaining good health. The Saṭkarma-s or six practices are an important prescription given by them and the Kapālabhāti[1] is the last of these the Saṭkarma-s . It is further of three kinds:

  1. Vātakrama- also referred as ‘vāma-krama’, performed by drawing air through the left nostril and expelling it through the right and vice-versa
  2. Vyutkrama - In this the yogi draws water through both the nostrils and expels it through the mouth slowly
  3. Śītkrama - This is the reverse of the Vyutkrama, viz., drawing water through the mouth and then expelling through the nostrils

References

  1. Gheranda Samhitā 1.56-59
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore