The Breath of Fire is a heated breath that has purifying qualities. Some of its benefits:

  • Supports and strengthens the respiratory system
  • Helps digestion and supports regular bowel movements
  • Revs up the whole system by encouraging cleansing and clearing
  • Balances the sympathetic nervous system and brings awareness to the activation or deactivation of the fight or flight response
  1. Sit on the floor or on a chair. If you are on the floor, sit in a cross-legged position. If this uncomfortable, place pillows under your tailbone to support the position.
  2. Close your eyes.
  3. Lengthen your spine, take a deep breath through your nose, and stretch your belly as you inhale.
  4. When your belly is completely expanded on the inhale, exhale and let your belly relax toward your spine.
  5. Fill your lungs again, but this time, with your mouth open, begin panting like a dog (do your best to make the inhale and exhale equal one another in length).
  6. Continue panting, focusing on the exhale to start.
  7. Then close your mouth and continue this breath pattern through your nose. You’ll find the inhale will follow naturally.
  8. Increase the pace of the breath, with equal power on the inhale and exhale.
  9. Find a natural, even rhythm.
  10. Stop when you have completed 1 minute.
  11. Take 5 to 6 long deep breaths, and then return to regular breathing. Close your eyes and notice the shifts in your mind, body, and spirit.
  12. Be patient with your progress. As with any muscle, with practice, you will develop the ability to breathe deeply.