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How to do Breath of Fire

Breath of Fire is a fundamental tool of the Kundalini Yoga practice that you’ll do in most classes. Why? It has amazing health benefits and just a few minutes a day can change your life and how you feel. 

Breath of Fire is a pranayam (breath) practice in which we are working with prana, our vital life force that energizes all aspects of our existence–mind, body and spirit consciousness. The cadence and quality of our breath is a direct reflection of our state of mind, so when we work with the breath, we are immediately influencing how we feel and the associated bodily chemistry. Breath of Fire is a rapid and rhythmic technique with even inhales and exhales equally through the nose with no pause between them. This breath is powered from our navel point and solar plexus, helping us unravel the power that lies within.

Breath of Fire is one of the basic, powerful Kundalini Yoga technologies for getting our glandular system and hormones in order. We recommend doing 7 minutes or more a day because after 7 minutes, the pituitary glands start to release a very specific secretion that puts the glands back into balance. Our glandular system, also known as the endocrine system, affects our emotions, aging process, immunity, metabolism and general sense of wellness. Our glands work together with our nervous system to create our experiences, so when we care for them we can have a more immediate and long-term experience of immaculate health and vitality.

Note: this breath should not be practiced if you’re pregnant or on the first three days of your menstrual cycle. Read below for a step-by-step guide on how to do breath of fire and watch a video RA MA TV teacher Mikal Vega, here.

Steps to Do Breath of Fire:

  • Posture: Sit in easy pose with your hands resting on your knees in gyan mudra (with the tip of your index finger and thumb touching).
  • Eyes: Keep your eyes closed, gently focusing up and in at the brown point.
  • Breath: Begin an even inhale and even exhale through the nose. The breath should be strong and rapid, but even. Do not overemphasize the exhale or put too much emphasis on the navel point. Even inhale, even exhale.
  • Time: 3 to 11 minutes
  • To End: Inhale deeply, stretch your body up, exhale, and relax. Well done!
  • Check out this video on Breath of Fire with Mikal Vega.

You May Feel

  • Some tingling and other moving sensations in the body including temperature changes. These are normal and a sign of your body chemistry shifting
  • You may experience symptoms of detoxification as toxins and other chemicals are released.

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This article was created with information and excerpts from Guru Jagat’s book “Invincible Living.” Check out the book here for more information and tips for living a radiant and vibrant life.

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