Breath of Fire is one of the foundational breath techniques used in the practice of Kundalini Yoga. It is done by pumping the navel point in and out while breathing rapidly through the nose. It is always practiced through the nostrils with the mouth closed. It releases toxins and deposits from the lungs, mucous linings, blood vessel and other cells. It expands the lung capacity and increases vital strength. See Benefits below.
Before starting a Class, Mantra, or Kriya
If you do it 5 to 15 minutes every day, it is the best way to keep the blood purified. (start with 3 minutes and work up)
31 minutes of Breath of Fire every day will regulate the pituitary. Pituitary will regulate the entire glandular system. Glandular system will change the nervous system.
BOF is a breath which burns away all disease and karma.
It is a conscious voluntary breath.
Stimulates the solar plexus to release natural energy throughout the body
Raises the voltage of the nervous system
Produces a global alpha rhythm in the brain when practiced correctly
Increases physical endurance when needed in a survival or competitive situation
Strengthens shaky nerves
Stimulates the navel point to generate constancy in both your mental and your physical realm. For example, it can help correct inability to keep a promise, inability to concentrate through distracting factors, etc.
Quickly oxygenates your blood, thus helping the body detoxify itself and remove waste more effectively.
Builds lung capacity and helps purify the respiratory system.
Expands lung capacity in a case where someone wants to suspend breathing for a longer period of swimming underwater
Generates heat and increases your level of energy by activating the energy flows in your body.
Releases toxins and deposits from lungs, mucous lining, blood vessels and cells
Helps you regain control in a stress or survival situation
Charges your aura and circumvent force to give you greater protection against negative forces
Synchronizes your entire system under one rhythm, thus promoting greater internal harmony and health.
Can help overcome addictions and cleanse you of the bad effects of smoking, drug-taking, sugar, alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine.
Balances and strengthens the Nervous System.
Magnifies the benefits of exercises done in conjunction with this breath.
When done forcefully, the pulsating of the diaphragm massages the internal organs, thus improving the digestive system.
Breath of Fire is done through the nose and the inhalation and exhalation are of equal duration. The body stays relatively still and relaxed, only the naval point is vigorously working.
In BOF it is essential that the navel point is pulled in only on the exhalation. Some people have developed the habit of pulling in their stomachs on the inhalation. This is called "reversed" breathing.
To check your breathing to make sure that your BOF is not reversed, lie on your back with your hand just below your belly button. As you exhale, be sure that your belly moves inward (your hand should ink toward the floor).
As you relax your naval to inhale, your hand will rise. Be aware of the movement of your hand: it rides toward your spine on the exhalation and away from your spine on the inhalation. Once you became comfortable that your breath is correct while lying down, sit up and again use your hand to make sure that you are using your naval point correctly.
NOTE: At first it is easier to focus on the exhale and start at a slow rhythm. Eventually you want to have a rapid, equal and consistent breath. This breath strengthens the nervous system, purifies the blood and energizes the body.
If you feel dizzy when practicing Breath of Fire, you should stop and substitute normal breathing. If you suffer from vertigo, you should use caution in practicing this breathing exercise.
If you are menstruating you should not practice Breath of Fire, use Long Deep Breathing instead.
You should be careful practicing Breath of Fire if you have high blood pressure, heart disease or suffer from stroke or epilepsy. Also, if you have acid or heat related gastric issues such as ulcers you should use caution.