Breath of fire is a breathing technique often used in Kunadlini Yoga. I first learned of it decades ago when I heard a medical doctor speak about his work with those in prison. This quick “super-charging” requires no equipment, can be done anywhere, and leaves you feeling energized.
Benefits of Kundalini Yoga
- Quickly oxygenates the blood
- Strengthens the nervous system (and balances sympathetic and parasympathetic)
- Heats the body
- Boost immunity
- Expands lung capacity
- Tone abdominal muscles
- Sit cross-legged with your chest lifted up.
- Take a deep breath in through your nose (all breath of fire is done through the nose).
- As you exhale, pull your navel in. (Visualize your diaphragm moving like a bellows.)
- Breath as rapidly as allows you to do so evenly and intentionally (inhalation and exhalation are same length). You will sound like you are sniffing or panting like a puppy.
- After 1 minute, rest.
YouTube contains several videos which demonstrate this technique. Transport yourself to Santorini Greece with this depiction of breath of fire.