Kapalabhati Pranayama: Energize Your Day Now with Breath of Fire!

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If you find yourself struggling to get out of bed, battling to keep your eyes open in the middle of the day, or fighting to stay awake and be productive after work, this is the perfect breathing exercise for you! Kapalabhati Pranayama is also known as skull shining breath or breath of fire. This pranayama practice falls into the energizing category of traditional yoga breathing practices that I teach and is a perfect caffeine-free pick me up!

Kapalabhati Benefits

Morning Wake Up

I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely not a morning person. I use kapalabhati pranayama most often to help me get out of bed in the morning and boy was this a game-changer for me! If you have a hard time getting up and running in the morning try breath of fire first thing for a boost of energy.

Prepare for Exercise

Kapalabhati pranayama takes advantage of activating the sympathetic nervous system. By activating the sympathetic nervous system heart rate increases and blood flow to muscles and lungs, increases as much as 12x more.

Naturally Energize

For an all-natural jitter-free energy boost at any time of day kapalabhati pranayama is the perfect exercise. This type of breathing exercise produces boost of energy by producing epinephrine (adrenaline). This will also reduce mental clutter, and increase focus and concentration.


How Does Kapalbhati Work

Kapalabhati pranayama focuses primarily on the exhalation and emphasizes short quick breaths. Because of this pattern of breathing, breath of fire activates our sympathetic nervous system, the fight or flight portion of our nervous system. This replicates the type of adrenaline and energy we might need to jump up and outrun a herd of stampeding cattle. In our case, we can take advantage of this response for the energy boost we need to make it through the day at work.