Breath of fire is one of the breath techniques used a lot in kundalini yoga. It accompanies many postures, and has a number of benefits.
Benefits of breath of fire
- Releases toxins and deposits from the lungs, mucus linings, blood vessels, and other cells
- Expands the lung capacity and increases vital strength
- Strengthens the nervous system to resist stress
- Repairs the balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems
- Strengthens the navel chakra
- Increases physical endurance and prepares you to act effectively
- Reduces addictive impulses for drugs, smoking and bad foods
- Increases oxygen delivery to the brain, facilitating a neutral mind
- Boosts the immune system
Doing breath of fire
Breath of fire is equal on the inhale and exhale with no pause between. It’s always practiced through the nostrils with the mouth closed (unless stated otherwise).
To exhale, the air is expelled powerfully through the nose, by pressing the navel point and solar plexus back towards the spine. To inhale, the upper abdominal muscles relax, and the breath seems to come in as a part of relaxation rather than through effort.
When done correctly there should be no stiffness of hands, feet, face and abdomen. If you feel dizzy, take a break. This is normal as your body adjusts to the new breath and stimulation of the nerves.
Remember to avoid doing breath of fire while pregnant or menstruating.
Love + Light,