How To Do Breath Of Fire Meditation Like A Kundalini Yoga Guru
Everyone is doing Breath Of Fire, the Kundalini yoga meditation technique.
It’s one of the fastest rising trends in the world of yoga and meditation, but many people are doing it incorrectly.
We’ve researched and studied from all the masters to bring you this guide to Breath Of Fire Yoga meditation technique. And, as a meditation teacher, I have to say this is one of my favorite of all the different yoga meditation styles.
What Is Breath Of Fire Meditation And Why Is Everyone Doing It?
Out of all the major breathing meditations, Breath of Fire is one of the most popular in 2018. It’s basically trending right now.
But what is it?
You’ve probably heard a lot about pranayama (yogic breathing techniques) in your yoga classes. And you may have heard about Kundalini Yoga—an ancient yogic tradition that’s becoming more and more popular this year.
Breath Of Fire meditation is a Kundalini Yoga meditation technique that traditionally goes by the name of Kapalbhati (Skull Luster). It’s a yogic meditation method that relaxes the mind and body, and it can help to reduce chronic pain, improve mental health, and build your core strength.
As a meditation teacher, I often hear from newcomers about how Breath Of Fire meditation makes them feel light headed. This is definitely true. But if you practice it for a few weeks you will soon get used to it. Then you will have none of the side-effects and all of the benefits.
You’ll love some of the benefits of Breath Of Fire. Let’s take a look, friends.
Benefits Of Breath Of Fire Yoga Technique
I was fascinated by some of the benefits of Breath Of Fire (Kapalbhati pranayama) that I was hearing about from yoga friends and teachers. So I read through tons of scientific research and found that, yes, Breath Of Fire Yoga’s benefits are real and huge.
You’ll be happy to hear that research shows Kapalbhati pranayama improves both physical and mental health, as well as making your core stronger.
So listen, guys: If you’re not convinced about it yet, let me share with you some of the main benefits of Kapalbhati pranayama.
Kapalbhati pranayama calms the mind: When you breathe properly you are naturally more relaxed, right? Well, by regularly practicing Breath Of Fire you will cleanse your lungs and diaphragm and this will make your breath easier and more relaxing. In turn, your mind will naturally calm.
Breath Of Fire strengthens your core: When you practice Kapalabahti pranayama you exercise your abdomen rigorously. Hello, Six Pack”.
Detox your body: Breath Of Fire pranayama helps circulate blood around your body more efficiently, and this removes toxins, helping your body to detox.
Pain relief: By eliminating toxins and relaxing both the mind and body, Breath of Fire meditation reduces pain and soothes your aching muscles. This can help with chronic pain, and it can also help you to relax after a workout if you have strains.
Mental Health: Research shows that regular practice of Breath Of Fire helps reduce negative emotions, lower stress, and fights anxiety and depression. You can really feel the emotional release when you practice Kapalbhati pranayama.
Cognitive function: Forget brain training, Kapalbhati will strengthen your cognitive functions in just a few weeks. The increased blood-flow to the brain helps your neurons to stay active, boosting cognitive functioning.
Sounds great, don’t you think So how do you do it? Let’s take a look.
How to Do Breath Of Fire Yoga Meditation Properly
Guys, here’s the deal: The first time you do this your abs may ache a little and you might feel light-headed. You know what that means: Go slow and take it easy, my friends. Start by practicing Kapalabahti pranayama for just 30 seconds. Then build it up over time.
Here’s how to do Breath of Fire meditation:
- Sit tall and straight. You want to create good space between your navel and your heart.
- Take a few relaxing breaths through your nose just to relax.
- When you exhale, press your abdomen in. When you inhale, press your abdomen out.
- When you inhale, imagine that your diaphragm is like a balloon filling with air. Then observe the air flowing out of you as you exhale, pressing your abdomen in.
- Gradually increase your speed. Your breath will be loud and fast. You want to aim to make your inhales and exhales last the same amount of time, so you’re establishing a rhythm.
- Once you’ve finished, continue to meditate on the breath but relax and stop forcing your inhales and exhales. Let the breath come and go naturally (like you do when practicing Anapanasati).
So that’s how to do Breath Of Fire yoga. But let me share with you some of my favorite tips so you can make sure you’re doing it correctly.
Tips Of Practicing Breath Of Fire Properly
Now you know how to do Breath Of Fire yoga properly, here are a few helpful tips and pointers:
- When you’re taking breaths, aim to make inhales and exhales the same length and do not pause between them.
- Make sure that you are always breathing through the nostrils rather than through the mouth.
- Be careful if you ever practice this technique when you have sinus issues. If you have any kind of respirator problem (like asthma) make sure you consult a healthcare professional before starting.
- You can make kapalbhati pranamaya more effective by exhaling until the point where you can feel energy rising naturally in your stomach. Let this energy take over as you naturally take a big inhale. Your breath will still feel energised, but it will be a more natural energy that is causing the inhalation.
- If you notice that you are making funny facial expressions (such as squinting) or that there is tension in your body (such as clenched fists) you are not performing kalapabhati pranayama correctly. Stop. Relax. Now try again with more ease.
- You will probably want to practice Breath Of Fire for more than 3 minutes. This is a mistake a lot of beginners make. As you probably know, most meditations last twenty minutes or longer, but Breath of Fire is different. It is a short and intense practice and should not be done for long periods of time. Once you have practiced the technique a few times you can go for a little bit longer, but don’t exceed 10 minutes.
- If you are not used to doing deep-breathing exercises you may experience minor side-effects of kapalbhati. You might experience mild dizziness or light-headedness. This is normal. It is simply because you are not used to taking in so much breath. If you do start to experience more serious side-effects, stop immediately and switch to a more relaxed, easier meditation technique.
- And seriously. Guys, please don’t do Breath of Fire meditation while pregnant.
Now you know how to do one of the best Kundalini meditations: Breath Of Fire
Try Breath of Fire for 3 minutes right now, if you haven’t yet?
Notice how you feel energised but relaxed? Notice that powerful feeling in your abdomen, and that inner strength in your mind? That’s what Breath Of Fire meditation is all about.
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Paul Martin Harrison
Paul Harrison is a meditation teacher, author and journalist based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential. Don’t miss Paul’s inspirational and enlightening book Journey To The Buddha Within You.