Third in the series of Pranayama (yogic breathing) articles is the Kapalabhati breath. Not only does it energize the mind & body, but it increases lung capacity, removes toxins and stale air from the lungs and more. It's a lot more intense than either Ujjayi Breath or 3-Part Breath, so take care with this one and stop if you get dizzy. If practiced correctly and on an empty stomach, the benefits are varied and great. Kapalabhati (Shining Skull Breath)
- Eliminate stress, anxiety, irritation, and anger
- Reduce depression, insomnia and general fatigue
- Improve blood circulation, lung capacity, digestion & elimination
- Strengthen abdominal, diaphragm and chest muscles
- Strengthen heart and lungs, improve lung capacity
Discard daily office tension, stress and kinks in the body
What if you could inhale fresh energy and motivation and exhale stress and tension? What if you could re-charge your afternoon with a yoga break instead of a coffee break?
Working in an office is stressful and often unhealthy for the body. We slump in front of our desks for hours, eyes glued to the computer screen, immobile and stiff. We deal with different and often difficult personalities, conflicting schedules, multi-tasking and more. We become used to going in high-gear all the time…Even if you love your job, it can be a lot to deal with. You can’t continue like this forever without negative effects to your health. By the way, most sick days are a result of stress.
So turn off the auto-pilot, slow down for a few minutes and breathe. Ready for Yoga?
Have you ever heard that twisting up into a pretzel or standing on your head is great for inspiration and unleashing the river of creativity within?
Well, it’s true – though I suppose it’s not quite necessary (though a fun party trick) to contort your body like an 80-pound, zero-body-fat-contortionist to get the benefits. Just a few yoga poses will do the trick.
Turning upside down not only does wonders for (and really surprises) your circulatory system, but has a bunch of other super benefits: