Lifestyle

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.

Click here for my columns by Pushpa Bakshi.

Topics:  health pushpa bakshi yoga



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

$21.7 billion Carmichael coal, rail wins final nod

The Premier will be visiting Townsville to announce 'good news'

Application approved for rail into Abbot Point and temporary camp

Thief ridden with guilt returns stolen cash over fence

Donation tin stolen and returned

Guilty conscience behind theft of business has cash returned

Number of Gladstone FIFO workers nearly halves: report

THE number of non-resident workers halves between 2013-2015

Number of FIFO workers nearly halves: report

Local Partners

Jennifer Lawrence gives keys to new partner

Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence

Oscar winner settling down with new partner

Rogue One star proud to lead new Star Wars film

Felicity Jones leads the new Star Wars film

Star Wars lead proud to be in front in sci-fi

What's on the small screen this week

Ernie Dingo stars in the TV series Going Places with Ernie Dingo.

ERNIE Dingo stars in a new travel series and Seven airs the AACTAs.

Mandy Moore feels like she's 60

Mandy Moore sees herself as a 60-year-old rather than a 32-year-old

Goooodbye Hamish and Andy (from our radios)

Hamish and Andy

The pair have been on air since 2006

David Attenborough on facing his mortality

Sir David Attenborough in a scene from the TV special The Death of the Oceans.

Life without Sir David Attenborough is hard to imagine

INSIDE STORY: Disused pipeline stops hundreds from building

TRAIL OF TEARS: Route of the disused Santos oil pipeline which is stopping hundreds of Ipswich residents from building.

THE State must act if Santos won't says Cr Paul Tully.

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

Family scoop bargain $160K 'holiday home' in Gladstone

BARGAIN: A Biloela family has purchased 21 Ann St for $160,000. They try to get to Gladstone at least once a month.

ADVERTISED as "renovate or demolish", but snapped up for getaway.

REVEALED: Gladstone property prices hit lowest in downturn

Aerial View overlooking Kin Kora residential area, Gladstone.



Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer

GLADSTONE PROPERTY prices have hit their lowest since the bust.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!