Steps to practice
- Energizing, vitalizing
- Increases oxygen in blood
- Improves digestion
- Removes toxins from the body
- Tones the lungs
- Increases metabolism
- Clears energy blockages
- Clears air passages
- Clears the mind
- Those with pacemakers or stents.
- Slip discs
- Recovering from abdominal surgery.
-High blood pressure
Breath of Fire
This pranayama is similar to bhastrika, with a difference of deeper and slower breaths with more force from the navel. Also, the breath retention is held after the inhale rather than the exhale.
It is important to have the body relaxed other than breathing into the lower belly.
Position: Seated in chair, cushion or block.
-Inhale and exhale deeply and rhythmically, creating a strong pull into the navel on the exhale.
- Take a final deep inhale from the belly to the ribs and chest, opening the chest, (You can use the hands to press down on the knees while lifting the chest)
- Engage the bandhas and the breath, while feeling the energy build in your body
- Exhale completely, option to fold forward on the exhale.
- Take 5 integrating breaths allowing the breath to normalize.
- Repeat for 3 rounds.
- Place the hand on the belly to feel the abdominal muscles contract.
- Increase the depth and intensity of the inhale and exhale on the second or third round.
Breath of Fire Pranayama