Breath of Fire invigorates the brain, purifies the blood, and strengthens the nervous system. Regular practice expands the lung capacity and increases vital energy.
Holding the breath (or breath retention) might seem counterintuitive to bringing more life force into your body; but in fact, suspending the breath brings you into a state of more flow.
However we choose to manage our pain, there is healing to do. It is the human condition. This work is, in fact, something we all have in common. We all seek it: a way to become whole.
In Kundalini Yoga, a kriya is a specific sequence of physical actions that work toward a particular outcome. Kriya practice initiates a sequence of physical and mental changes that affect the body, mind, and spirit.
Just like the heart, breathing happens naturally and automatically, yet unlike the heartbeat, we can change the rate of our breathing at any given moment.
The yogic breathing and meditation that we do bring us into the present and clear the flurry of subconscious thought that sometimes seems out of our control.
Those who have been blessed with the opportunity to practice yoga correctly can learn to reduce the unnecessary tension or ‘armor’ of the mind and body. To surrender this unnecessary tension, we must learn to relax. The exhale is the key to relaxation as well as the key to correct posture.