I first attended a kundalini yoga class in Bristol 9 months ago and was really intrigued as to how it was going to be as I had heard so much about it from various people. It was a yoga form that was supposed to be perfect for bringing suppleness into the spine and nurturing and strengthening the nervous system.
Some of you might remember the post I wrote about this a few months ago – Awakening Through Kundalini Yoga. I must admit that I was particularly excited about learning the breath of fire. And when I did come to start practising it, it certainly met up to my expectations.
I wanted to share with you a short video I made a few months ago with my kundalini yoga instructor, Mark Keane. Here he demonstrates simply and effectively how to do the breath of fire:
The breath of fire is a breathing technique with a difference. I used to wonder whether or not I would begin to hyper-ventilate whilst doing it, but it’s through keeping the inward and outward breaths in equal balance that it just doesn’t happen.
What does happen is amazing. The first time I did it, I got a great sense of energy flowing through my body, right down to the extremities, bringing everything alive and restoring a feeling of vitality which I hadn’t felt in such a long time.
This kicked in after just a minute or so and the longer I did it, the more powerful the effect became.
I found it really useful to start practising it to clear my head inbetween working for longer spells. And the flow of energy helped to release tension in those areas that were feeling tight, especially around my neck and shoulders. Increasing the intensity of your breath as you proceed with the exercise brings even greater results.
I’ve been practising this breathing technique now for many months and have found that is has hugely helped to shift stagnant energy and lift my spirits. And this in turn has had a great effect on my levels of productivity during the day.
Strangely though, despite the fact that the breath of fire reawakens the kundalini within us, it also has a deeply relaxing effect as well. This means that if I have done these exercises later in the evening, it has beneficial effects on my sleep patterns.
I hope you’ll give this a try after watching the video and see for yourself.
Are you familiar with the breath of fire? What effects did it have on your energy levels?