One of the foundational breathing techniques in the Kundalini yoga is the breath of fire. This breathing technique comes with many postures and numerous health benefits.
The key to doing the breath of fire correctly is to master it. There is only one way to master, and that’s to practice it consistently. Later down below, there are videos showing how to correctly perform breath of fire.
It is important to both follow the instructions for correct execution during practice and to do it consistently in order to master. When one masters the breath of fire, it should become automatic.
Breath of Fire Health Benefits
- Helps strengthen the body’s nervous system resulting int better and more smooth stress management
- Helps in increasing the delivery of oxygen to the brain resulting in better focus and maintain a neutral state of mind
- It cleanses many deposits in the lungs, blood vessels, mucous linings, and releases toxins out of the cells and body
- An immune system booster for better disease prevention
- It expands the capacity of the lungs and increases strength
- It adjusts the psycho-electromagnetic field of the aura, which is very subtle making the blood energized
- Restore the balance between the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems
- Boosts and resets the body’s biorhythm synchronizations including emotional, physical and mental cycles
- Boosts physical endurance
- Helps reduce cravings for unhealthy foods, smoking, and even drugs.
- Strengthens the Manipura chakra, or solar plexus
How To Do Breath of Fire?
Now, let’s get into hands-on of doing the actual breath of fire. Here are two videos that demonstrate on how to get started with rejuvenating breathing technique. The key is to do it slowly at first and get in tuned with the rhythm.
Once in tuned, increase the pace until you get into the proper way of doing breath of fire. You know you’re doing it right when you feel an increase in your body temperature.
Mistakes To Avoid When Doing Breath of Fire
- Breathing Paradoxically – The normal deep breathing is when you inhale, the belly should expand. Exhaling will do the opposite by pulling or retracting the belly inwards to release the air.
However, many people especially for first-timers, tend to breathe the opposite manner. When they inhale, they pull their belly in. This makes space less for breathing. Follow the instructions in the first video below on how to monitor that you’re breathing in a correct pattern.
- Breathe and Exaggeratedly Pumping of the Belly – The breath of fire breathing technique is not the deep bellows breath cleansing. It does not require complete pumping of exhales and inhales via the stomach. Instead, it comes close to the solar plexus.
- Loss of Balanced Between Inhale and Exhale – For first timers, make sure to exhale and inhale equally. Leverage the sound of the breath by listening to it and make a balance or steady rhythm.