Breath of Fire
How to Do It
The breath is fairly rapid (two to three breaths
per second), continuous, and powerful with no pause between the inhale and
xhale. As you exhale, the air is pushed out by pulling the navel point and
abdomen in towards the spine. In this motion, the chest area stays moderately
relaxed. The focus of the energy is at the navel point. You should feel the
puli of the muscles in that area. As you inhale, the abdomen relaxes, the
diaphragm extends down, and the breath seems to come in as part of relaxation
rather than effort.
The muscies that are used are the abdorninals. Initially you may have a tendency to involve more muscle groups than are needed. As you do the breath of fire, check your body and relax tension and effort that may build up in the legs, face, shoulders, and chest. The rest of the body is relatively still. Even the upper chest is motionless and in a slightly uplifted position. At first, the navel and solar plexus may feel tired or uncoordinated. 1f you keep practicing, the breath will become rhythmic and very easy. Most people are not used to breathing this way. It is the antithesis of the shallow, irregular breath characteristic of the emotional states that accompany negative thoughts.
In physiological studies, we have found that there is no relation between hyperventilation and breath of fire. Once you are practiced, it is possible to do the breath for 20 minutes or more. There is no accompanying dizziness or large imbalance of oxygen in the blood. The outer circulation does increase as does the nervous energy, so the breath should be mastered slowly and methodically. These increases cause an immediate detoxification reaction in the body. Old toxins and deposits from drugs, smoking, and bad nutrition are released from the lungs, mucous lining, blood vessels, and cells. These toxins leave the body through the blood and lymph systems. If you are very toxic, the breath of fire may stimulate a very temporary selftoxification. To aid the cleansing process, increase the amount of exercise you do each day and simplify the diet to light vegetables, fruits and nuts for a few weeks. This will help your body drop the heavy laad of toxins it has been carrying.
In most exercises, the breath of fire is done for 3 minutes or less. Occasionally it is done for 7½ minutes. As an exercise by itself, you can start with 3 minute durations, then slowly build up to 20 minutes. Start by doing breath of fire for 3 minutes, alternating with 2 minutes of rest, for a total of 15 minutes of breath of fire and ten minutes rest.
To focus the mind more efficiently and to channelize the energy this breath creates, mentally vibrate SAT NAAM with each breath. Hearing this sound in the breath teils your mind what to do with all the energy you generate. Use this energy to explore your sense of the infinite self.
When you practice the breath of fire to perfect it, keep the spine straight and your mind centered. Here are a couple of exercises you might try:
1. When you are exceptionally tired and need a lift, sit straight and block the left nostril with the thumb of the left hand. The fingers of the left hand point straight up. Begin breath of fire through the right nostril only, for to 5 minutes. Then inhale and mentally circulate the energy throughout the body and aura.
2. Sit in easy pose (any cornfortable crosslegged position), witht the palms together slightly in front of the chest. Concentrate the brow point and begin breath fire. As you continue, let all foughts of who or what you may be fall away. If you think you are sitting, let that thought be blown away by the breath. Hear the
sound of the breath. It is infinite. It gives life. As all the different labels pass through mind, let them go and then refocus on the experience of energy in the breath. You will feel lighter and lighter as if there is no body, no space, no me, no problem. You will feel definite vibrance and existing ecstasy of relaxation. Continue breath of fire for 6 minutes. Then inhale, hold briefly, exhale applying mul bhand (pull up on anus and sex organs, pull in navel point), and relax.
What It Will Do for You
1. Cleans the blood in three minutes.
2. Stimulates the solar plexus to release natural energy through out the body.
3. Raises the voltage of the nervous system.
4. Produces a global alpha rhythm in the brain when practiced correctly.
5. Increases physical endurance when needed in a survival or competitive situation.
6. Strengthens shaky nerves.
7. Stimulates the navel point to generate constancy in both your mental and your physical realm. For example, it can help correct inability to keep a promise, inability to concentrate through distracting factors, etc.
8. Can help overcome addictions and cleanse you of the bad effects of smoking, drug-taking, sugar, alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine.
9. Expands lung capacity for all round better health and happiness.
10. Helps focus the mind.
11. Expands lung capacity in a case where someone wants to suspend breathing for a longer period of swimming underwater.
12. Produces energy, mental and physical, for the entire system.
13. Releases toxins and deposits from lungs, mucous lining, blood vessels and cells.
14. Helps you regain control in a stress or survival situation.
15. Charges your aura and circumvent force to give you greater protection against negative forces.
KY Breath of Fire by Pieter Samara (*)