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Breathe away negativity and give body a healthy boost

RELAX: Our yoga guru Pushpa Bakshi.
RELAX: Our yoga guru Pushpa Bakshi. Contributed

LAST week I shared the second of the six yoga breathing techniques. Continuing on we will look at how to do intermediate kapalbhati yoga pranayama.

Once you feel comfortable with the beginner's version of kapalbhati yoga pranayama (last week's exercise), perform the breathing exercise with more force if possible and also increase the number of repetition per round to 20, eventually coming to about 50.

You may also prefer to do a single round, but, with many more repetitions instead (up to 5 minutes worth).

Build up to doing this pranayama for 15 minutes straight or equivalent number of rounds with more repetitions per rounds.

Remember, if you have any mucus blockages it may create such an acute problem that you cannot practice pranayama.

First you have to rid yourself of excess mucus and bile and eliminate the toxins from your system.

Proper assimilation and excretion have to be established. Pranayama is more effective in a healthy body.

So get some advice on how to do that efficiently and safely. One of the most important things is to be consistently sipping water, about 1.5 litres a day depending on your body mass.

For your information, the body has three faults - kapha (mucus), pitta (acid) and vata (wind). An imbalance in any one or more of these causes disease.

In the same way, the mind has three faults. The first is mala (impurity), the second is vikshepa (distraction), and the third is avarna (ignorance).

Impurity is the psychological stuff which manifests when you sit for meditation.

There are five types: karna (sensual desire), krodha (anger), maha (infatuation), mada (arrogance or pride) and matsarya (envy).

This is a brief thought which I will expand during the next few weeks. The secret of the success of kapalbhati breathing lies in your mind.

If you need to cure your body, then with every exhalation imagine that disease is being purged from your system.

If you need to regain emotional balance, then again, with every exhalation visualise the negative emotions or weaknesses being thrown out of your system.

If negative thoughts are the issue, let every exhalation expel them from your heart and mind.

The power of the mind has been well researched and documented by people all over the world, so use your mind to help you accomplish all that which you intend and desire.

Pushpa is a certified yoga teacher. She is also a reiki master and trained in natural healing. Pushpa has travelled the world as a senior leader for life coach and motivational speaker Anthony Robbins. Contact Pushpa on 0450 582 540 or pb@kabc.com.au.

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