Breath of Fire: Cleansing the System
the amount of toxins present
in our surrounding, we need to incorporate a certain practice
of Panting Dog Breath of Fire into our routine from time to
time. There is no doubt that its regular will help cleanse and
detoxify your entire system. Breath of Fire and Kapalabhati breathing
are two yogic breathing techniques
that can flood the system with oxygen and promote the release of toxins.
Free radicals develop due to the accumulation of toxins in the
body. Toxins, themselves, are a product of our lifestyle, our diet,
the environment and our emotional patterns.
With our unregulated and undisciplined lifestyle, the kind of
food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and our
emotional pulls and pressures, certain hormones are secreted
that have a tendency to leave behind toxins.
Breath of Fire
According to the advanced yogis, breath of fire oxygenates and detoxifies your
blood. Regular practice can build your lung capacity, clear your respiratory
system, balance your sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous
heat your body to increase energy, boost your immune
build concentration, reduce addictive impulses and improve your sense of
well-being. Think of breath of fire as a tune-up for your system so all parts
work harmoniously together.
Begin by sitting in Virasana (Hero
Pose) ~ buttocks on ankles, knees together, spine extended,
and gazing forward (just as in Camel Pose).
Lean forward slightly, and rest your
hands on your knees.
Now open your mouth wide and stick your
tongue out as far as it will go.
Begin to pant like a dog. Donít hold
back; stick your tongue out and pant like a dog.
All the breathing should be taking place
through the mouth.
Emphasize the exhalation, and with every
exhalation your stomach should be contracting in towards
your spine sharply (just as in Breath of Fire). The pace
should be fast, just like a dog's panting.
If you feel a metallic taste emerging on
the back of your tongue, this is toxic heavy metals being
released and cleansed from deep within your tissue; keep
Work in this pose for between 1 Ė 5 minutes. If 1 minute is too
much you can start with 15 seconds and build up from there as
Try adding this exercise to the
end of your yoga practice.
Dated 21 September 2012