Breath of Fire
Breath of Fire is an essential breath of our Yogic practices.
Breath of Fire
This breath helps to enliven stagnation from the lower trunk thru the internal organs and lift energy up into the heart and above.
Different mudras enlivens the energy and stabilizes it in specific areas of the body.
When we shift dominant energy patterns we start to awaken to the present moment and connect to a deeper source within.
The breath is a bridge to a more conscious life – to more freedom and fulfillment.
Bellows Breath: A Form of Bhastrika
- This is a very purifying breathing practice.
- It is a way to build the fire at the navel point.
- Pulse the belly to enliven the energy to help us move stagnation into a spacious place.
- When we enliven energy with Breath of Fire we become more open: we see things differently.
- Often used during Kundalini kriyas.
Benefits of Breath of Fire
- Releases toxins and deposits from the lungs, mucous linings, blood vessels, and other cells.
- Expands the lung capacity and increases vital strength.
- Strengthens the nervous system to resist stress.
- Strengthens the navel center.
- Increases physical endurance and prepares you to act effectively.
- Cleans, oxygenates, and energizes the blood.
- Reduces addictive impulses for drugs, smoking, and bad foods.
- -Releases toxins into the blood stream to be released.
- Wakes up energy throughout the whole body.
- Helps to release addictive patterns and build stamina energetically.
- With depression and anxiety, if done correctly, it can have a balancing effect.
- Strengthens all 72, 000 nerves in the body.
- Warms up the body and its systems.
- Boosts the immune system.
- When added to an exercise it shortens the time it takes to reach our desired effects.
How to Do it Correctly
- Inhale and exhale evenly. The focal point is the navel; the power comes from the navel.
- Pull the navel in on the exhale. Release on the inhale.
- Belly moves like a pendulum.
- Belly presses out on inhale: pulls back in on exhale.
- A full breath both ways.
- To practice you can pant like a dog with your hand on your belly. Then close your mouth.
- Drive the power of breath with the exhale.
- Go slowly to begin. Take the time to get it correct.
- Build the strength of the core muscles, particularly the transverse abdominals, slowly.
- Enliven the stagnation from the lower trunk thru the internal organs and lift energy up into the heart and above.
- Different mudras enlivens the energy and stabilizes it in specific areas of the body.
- When we shift dominant energy patterns we start to awaken to the present moment and connect to a deeper source within. The breath is a bridge to a more conscious life – to more freedom and fulfillment.
- Not for pregnant women and for those on the first few days of their menstrual cycle.
- It is often done with the belly driving too strongly: ease up.