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Benefits of Breath of Fire:

If you do it 5 to 15 minutes every day, it is the best way to keep the blood purified.
(start with 3 minutes and work up)

31 minutes of Breath of Fire every day will regulate the pituitary. Pituitary will
regulate the entire glandular system. Glandular system will change the nervous
system.

BOF is a breath which burns away all disease and karma.

It is a conscious voluntary breath.

Stimulates the solar plexus to release natural energy throughout the body

Raises the voltage of the nervous system

Produces a global alpha rhythm in the brain when practiced correctly

Increases physical endurance when needed in a survival or competitive situation

Strengthens shaky nerves

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.

Quickly oxygenates your blood, thus helping the body detoxify itself and remove waste
more effectively.

Builds lung capacity and helps purify the respiratory system.

Expands lung capacity in a case where someone wants to suspend breathing for a
longer period ofswimming underwater

Generates heat and increases your level of energy by activating the energy flows in
your body.

Releases toxins and deposits from lungs, mucous lining, blood vessels and cells

Helps you regain control in a stress or survival situation

Charges your aura and circumvent force to give you greater protection against
negative forces

Synchronizes your entire system under one rhythm, thus promoting greater internal
harmony and health.

Can help overcome addictions and cleanse you of the bad effects of smoking, drugtaking, sugar, alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine.

Balances and strengthens the Nervous System.

Magnifies the benefits of exercises done in conjunction with this breath.

When done forcefully, the pulsating of the diaphragm massages the internal organs,
thus improving the digestive system.

Breath of Fire is done through the nose and the inhalation and exhalation are of equal
duration. Thebody stays relatively still and relaxed, only the naval point is vigorously
working.

In BOF it is essential that the navel point is pulled in only on the exhalation. Some
people have developed the habit of pulling in their stomachs on the inhalation. This is
called "reversed" breathing.

To check your breathing to make sure that your BOF is not reversed, lie on your back
with your hand just below your belly button. As you exhale, be sure that your belly
moves inward (your hand should ink toward the floor).

As you relax your naval to inhale, your hand will rise. Be aware of the movement of your
hand: it rides toward your spine on the exhalation and away from your spine on
the inhalation. Once you became comfortable that your breath is correct while lying
down, sit up and again use your hand to make sure that you are using your naval point
correctly.

NOTE: At first it is easier to focus on the exhale and start at a slow rhythm. Eventually you want
to have a rapid, equal and consistent breath. This breath strengthens the nervous system,
purifies the blood and energizes the body.
Related Pages:
Heart Breath
Long Deep Breathing
Bandhs

Cautions for Practicing Breath of Fire:

If you feel dizzy when practicing Breath of Fire, you should stop and substitute normal
breathing. If you suffer from vertigo, you should use caution in practicing this breathing
exercise.

If you are menstruating you should not practice Breath of Fire, use Long Deep
Breathing instead.

You should be careful practicing Breath of Fire if you have high blood pressure, heart
disease or suffer from stroke or epilepsy. Also, if you have acid or heat
related gastric issues such as ulcers you should use caution.