Breath of Fire is a fundamental component of Kundalini Yoga and you’ll find it in many Kundalini yoga kriyas and postures. If you’re looking to warm yourself because the winter is cooling you off, then you’ve found your breath meditation. As folks are heading into the New Year and making resolutions for their year ahead, I wanted to offer a tool to support your goals. For those of you dealing with smoking or other addictions, yes, shopping counts, I want to touch on a core part of what addictions are energetically. While smoking of course involves the chemical additions, what most addictions are at the their core, is a desire to hide from reality and difficult emotions. They also involve a deep sense of disconnection from source as we look for a chemical way to solve our need to be Divinely loved. A quick fix to hide the inconvenient truth you might say.
Breath of fire and I’ll also include the detoxing Sitali Pranayam video below address the need to hide emotions and find a quick fix for discomfort and disconnection. Breath in it’s essence is a technique for mindfulness in the moment. When we take the time to breathe consciously we can be more conscious of the choices we make rather than allowing old habits to dictate our behavior. Here’s where the breath of fire technique comes in handy. Let’s say you’re at your computer and suddenly feel a craving for what you usually crave, say ice cream. If you can consciously notice how you feel this craving and the fact that you have a choice whether to eat the ice cream or not, you have the choice to redirect your focus by taking a few minutes to practice breath of fire or sitali pranayam (if you’d like to detox while you quit). Both will help you detox in different ways. Now you can feel the refreshment through the breath and can allow yourself a moment to do what is in your best interest rather than being a slave to a habit that no longer serves you.