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Survival Tip: Do Breath of Fire When Lost in a Blizzard!

Breath of Fire Breath of Fire really has nothing to do with outdoor survival, but many yogic principles can be applied to all sorts of survival situations...okay, maybe not so useful if you live in a tropical climate...I guess my Canadian Heritage is showing here!

Survival does not necessarily have to imply the drastic conditions of being trapped in the woods without a GPS, food or shelter. Survival can simply refer to optimizing your daily life potential energy.

And I LOVE practical tips and techniques to optimize my life energy.

Breath of Fire happens to be one of those tricks of the trade and is an essential part of optimizing my own life's potential. What about you?

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What is Breath of Fire and How do you Perform it?

Contrary to what you may be thinking, it is not a popular circus act.

Rather, it is a fundamental yogic breath used for cleansing and strengthening of the nervous and immune systems.

Essentially, it is a rapid, rhythmic and continuous breath that is powered by our fire center - our solar plexus chakra.

Step by step, here is what you need to do:

  1. Siting up tall, with a straight spine, with your eyes closed and start by feeling your belly expand with each inhale and contract with each exhale. Be sure that you understand the principles of deep breathing exercises first before moving forward to this advanced pranayama yoga.

  2. Please Note: A common mistake at this level is known as paradoxical breathing where people learn to breathe in reverse, having their belly expand with each exhale and contract with each inhale. People who smoke or are anxious tend to have this pattern, but it can be easily changed with awareness.
  3. Now that you understand the movements of the diaphragm during breathing, I want you to quicken the pace of the inhale and exhale, such that there is a quick inhale and quick exhale with no pause between them at the rate of approximately 2-3 cycles per second.

  4. Be sure you are breathing through your nostrils, not your mouth.

  5. Breath of Fire is powered from the navel point (solar plexus) and the diaphragm is used to pump the navel in and out with each exhale and inhale, respectively.

  6. Begin practicing for 1-3 minutes at a time. When done correctly, your chest will remain relaxed and slightly lifted and your hands, feet, face and abdomen will also be relaxed.

  7. Please Note: If you feel dizzy, giddy, or light headed, slow down your pace and ensure that both the inhale and exhale are of equal duration and in a balanced ration. Breath of Fire is not hyperventilation.

Contraindications and Safety Warnings:

Because Breath of Fire is working with the subtle energy of elimination located at the navel center, it is NOT to be done by:

  1. Menstruating Women, or
  2. Pregnant Women

Please heed this caution as it is not safe to contradict your body during these two special times in life.

Why is Breath of Fire so Important?

Breath of Fire can be a challenging breath to master, but with some practice, it has numerous benefits:

  • Releases toxins in the blood, lungs, mucous linings and other cells acting as a potent body detoxification technique

  • Increases our lung capacity

  • Strengthens the solar plexus chakra

  • It balances the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems and is therefore extremely effective stress reducer against all types of stress

  • It boost the immune system

  • Increases oxygen delivery to the brain, aiding in focus, alertness and intelligence

  • It reduces addictive impulses for things like drugs, smoking, alcohol, unhealthy foods

  • It adjusts the electromagnetic field of the aura for protection and energy

Hope you enjoy practicing this special pranayama technique. Set a goal for yourself to do it consecutively for 3 minutes a day, for 40 days and see how your life changes.

“Time to Stop Surviving, and Start Thriving!”

Yours in Wellness,

Dr. Lisa

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