Kapha is composed of the elements earth and water. When it is in excess symptoms of depression, low energy, lethergy and fatigue may ensue. To counter these influences, meditation practices should utilize fast breathing practices that activate energy in the body.
This is the classical approach to Bhastrika as given in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika.
- Sit in any comfortable, crosslegged meditation posture with the spine upright, arms and shoulders relaxed.
- Take a slow, deep inhalation.
- Exhale quickly and forcefully through the nose. Immediately, at the end of exhalation, inhale with the same force. Do not strain.
- During exhalation, the belly moves slightly in and during inhalation, the abdomen relaxes and fills out slightly. TheseÂ movements of the belly are slightly exaggerated with conscious movement of the diaphragm.
- Continue for ten rounds. Then relax with normal breath.
- Practice three to five rounds in the similar manner.
- During practice, the breathing should be rhythmical and both inhalation and exhalation
should be of equal duration.
- After some practice, you may try to increase the speed as well as the number of breaths in each round, keeping the breathing rhythmical.
Benefits: stimulate circulation and lymph. Detoxifies the body.
This is a mudra for releasing thoughts or words that have become trapped. To utilize this practice come into rock pose. Use a bolster if necessary. Inhale the breath and raise your arms above your head. Slam the hands onto the floor as you come forward. Stick out your tongue and release ‘ahhh’ Repeat 5 times. Pause for several breaths and repeat for 35 rounds. Come back to rock pose and breath easily.
Chant Ram, the mantra for manipura chakra, for 5-10 minutes