Breath of Fire (Vuurademhaling)
Here is pranayama that not only increases your lung capacity but also strengthens your nervous system
it purifies the bloodstream
give energy, stimulate and awaken
increase your vitality. This pranayama is called fire breath. It is one of the first things we teach at the beginning of our students. We want to teach you right now. So tune in to ONG NAMO GURU DEV NAMO, and we're ready to go. Let's sit neatly like yogis, in Sukhasan, easy cross-legged posture. If you feel too uncomfortable, try on your heels Varja Asan Rock pose or sit on the floor. The most important thing is that you are going to bring into your body when you use the Breath of Fire.
How to do Breath of Fire?
A breath of fire is simply a rapid and powerful breath through the nose. To learn it, be sure your spine is straight, keep your mouth closed, and breathe rapidly through the nose. Inhalation and exhalation will be about equal. (It is not the Hatha Yoga Breath Bastrika) with emphasizes the exhalation and focuses on the lower stomach muscles. Inhale and lift your chest and hold it still. Exhale and pull in on your navel. Note that the upper abdominals and the diaphragm move as the navel point pulls in. The breath is powered from the navel to the diaphragm. In the beginning, you may find it helpful to think primarily about the exhalation which is synchronized with the pulling in of the navel. Start out slowly as you're learning, until you get used to the rhythm and can easily coordinate the breath with the movement of your navel point. Then pick up speed until you're breathing approximately 120 ti 180 times each minute. Listen to the sound of your breath, Imagine that you are making the soundtrack for a film showing twenty-seven steam engines going uphill. On each exhalation, pull your navel point in toward the back of your spine. On each inhalation, release it. Don't pause in between. When the breath of fire is done correctly it is an easy breath. The muscles dance in rhythm and to stay energized rather than becoming tired. Breath of fire is not hyperventilation. in hyperventilation, the breathing is deep and e3rratic. The upper chest is not held suspended, and usually, people are "chest breathing" or they may be reverse breathing, in other words exhaling with the navel pushed out instead of pulled in. Continue breathing of fire, breathing rapidly and continuously in and out without pausing, for about thirty seconds for your first practice session. keep your shoulders relaxed, keep your face relaxed. Allow yourself to do Breath of fire without tension. Keep your spine straight, but not rigid. Do not inhale or exhale through your mouth to catch your breath. If you should start to feel you are running out of breath and you think you must stop, simply take few long, slow, deep breaths through your nose until you feel ready to resume. Then try again. Don't pause or hold your breath of either the inhalation or exhalation. Breath of Fire is one continuous breath. Even though it may seem like a lot of inhalations and exhalations, it is considered to be all one breath, from the time your start, tot the time your stop.