Energize and Heal with Breath of Fire

Did You Know…that a simple breathing exercise can oxygenate and purify your bloodstream and optimize your life energy?

A simple yogic exercise called “Breath of Fire” is easy to perform, yet brings profound health benefits to those who practice it.  It strengthens the nervous and immune systems, oxygenates and purifies the blood, and enhances life energy.

Also known as bhastrika or bellows breath—this exercise involves rapid, rhythmic, and continuous breath powered by your solar plexus/diaphragm or fire center.  Fast inhales and exhales are equal and, if done correctly, so effortless that you will feel as if you could continue forever.

Remarkable Health Benefits Immediately and Long Term 

Breath of Fire can genuinely transform your energy and your health.  Just a few of the immediate and long-term benefits include:

 Increases lung capacity and stimulates energy flow

 Oxygenates and purifies the bloodstream

 Detoxifies your body by releasing toxins in the blood, lungs, mucous linings, and other cells

 Balances the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems and greatly reduces stress

 Boosts the immune system

 

How to Start Practicing Breath of Fire

Breath of Fire requires nothing more than a little patience and practice.  All you need to do is follow the steps below:
 

Sit tall, with a straight spine, with your eyes closed and start by breathing in and out through your nose, feeling your belly expand with each inhale and contract with each exhale.  A common mistake is breathing in reverse—having your belly expand with each exhale and contract with each inhale.  This mistake can easily be changed with awareness.Quicken the pace of your breath so that you are completing 2-3 cycles of inhales and exhales per second with no pause between in and out breaths.

Be sure you are breathing through your nostrils, not your mouth.

Breath of Fire is powered from the naval, with your diaphragm pumping each exhale and inhale.

Practice for 1-3 minutes at a time to start.  Keep your chest relaxed and slightly lifted.  Your hands, feet, face, and belly should also be relaxed.


If you experience shortness of breath or discomfort while doing Breath of Fire, your diaphragm (solar plexus) may be tight, usually from stress and emotional holding patterns.  Experts say that if you take care to relax your abdomen during the exercise and throughout the day, then over time, Breath of Fire can help you release these patterns, bringing additional benefits to your health and life.

 

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