BREATH OF FIRE:
Breath of fire is one of the foundational breath techniques used in the practice of Kundalini Yoga. It is important to master this breath so that it is done accurately and becomes automatic.
Breath of Fire is rapid, rhythmic, and continuous. It is equal on the inhale and exhale, with no pause between them.
It is always practiced through the nostrils with mouth closed, unless stated otherwise.
Breath of fire is powered from the navel point and solar plexus. To exhale, the air is expelled powerfully through the nose, by pressing the navel point and solar plexus back toward the spine. This feels automatic if you contract the diaphragm rapidly.
To inhale, the upper abdominal muscles relax, the diaphragm extends down, and the breath seems to come in as part of relaxation rather than through effort.
The chest stays relaxed and slightly lifted throughout the breathing cycle.
When done correctly, there should be no rigidity of hands, feet, face, or abdomen.
Breath of fire is not hyperventilation.
There are restrictions for doing breath of fire while pregnant and menstruating.
Benefits of breath of fire:
*Releases toxins and deposits from the lungs, mucous linings, and other cells.
*Expands the lung capacity and increases vital strength.
*Strengthens the nervous system to resist stress.
*Strengthens the navel chakra.
*Repairs the balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.
*Increases physical endurance and prepares you to act efficiently
*Adjusts the subtle psycho-electromagnetic field of the aura so that the blood becomes energised.
*Reduces addictive impulses for drugs, smoking, and unhealthy foods
*Increases oxygen delivery to the brain, facilitating a focused, intelligent, and neutral state of mind.
*Boosts the immune system and may prevent many diseases.
*Promotes synchronization of the biorhythms of the body’s systems.