What is fire breathing in yoga

Fire breathing Kundalini Yoga

The Bhastrika is already mentioned in Hatha-Yoga-Pradipika, but fire breathing only appears in Kundalini Yoga according to Yogi Bhajan in the twentieth century. Both are powerful energy exercises that are among the few pranayamas that are supposed to influence the Kundalini awakening!

It is advisable to practice both Pranayama moderately and combine them with a calm, vigorous asana practice (e.g. postures) and a peaceful meditation practice (e.g. heart meditations). In my yoga tradition (the yoga of energy) Kundalini is seen as our resting potential of consciousness. As soon as you start to awaken it, it develops as consciousness energy, as Pranic Shaktis.

This can only be beneficial if you have enough time to harness the energy of consciousness and give it a permanent place. I mean the appearances of Prana shakti such as an increased energy level, more energy, less need for sleep, intense dream, generosity, courage for comprehensive affection, fearlessness and confidence, courage for comprehensive understanding, a strong inner desire, the old patterns of thought and action behind to surrender and surrender to the desire, to entrust oneself to a supreme power and to surrender to it (bhakti)

Anyone who begins to engage in this intensive encounter with the Prana-Shakti has passed the time of restraint. Fire breathing and bhastrika send practitioners into a purifying fire to help burn the waste products that hold up their body and, most importantly, their minds. I think it makes sense to practice fire-breathing for a long time before daring to approach Bhastrika with his breathing pauses.

In order to bring this pranayama into your daily occurrence, look for an experienced instructor. Take seriously the precautions and contraindications for both pranayama. It is powerful tasks that make yoga really work! Fire breathing is one of the activating forms of breathing brought about by yoga.

It is - if you learn to practice it for a long time - a real fat killer and makes you much more attentive and clearer than coffee. In addition, fire breathing is very well equipped in the event that you build up too much internal pressure to finally "let off steam" again. It starts in the middle of the pelvic floor and goes through the middle of the pelvis, abdomen and chest, the neck and the skull to the top of the head.

Now start breathing fire. Find a rhythm by practicing in a relaxed manner. Doing less and less and becoming more and more involved in the breathing movement of the fire-breath. In the beginning, your abdominal wall will quickly feel the unfamiliar movements during the fire as stressful. With regular exercise, your muscle mass will become stronger and more coordinated.

Exercise at a rapid pace from the start, as a slower pace requires more strength and is much more difficult to hold. Fire-breathing is usually practiced without the use of cumbhaka, but a long, extremely powerful breath is in some ways the emblem of Bhastrika! With the help of multi-bandha, Apana-Vayu (and thus Mala, the slag) is raised into the campfire of Samana-Vayu and Prana-Vayu (and thus air) is pressed down.

That strengthens the brand (agni) massively. If the kumbhaka is held long enough (i.e. 30 sec +) then it is said that the flame of agnis begins to twist and heat the sleeping Kundalini. The purpose of this Pranayama is to awaken Kundalini by repeating this "warming" over and over again or - as some traditions say - also burning it so that the energy of Prana-Shakti consciousness can rise unhindered.