There’s no denying that, as we take steps in life to rise to our highest potential, we’re going to hit walls.
Sometimes, the wall will be the fear of going to the next level, the level that goes way beyond our comfort zone. Other times, it will be something we’re sure was resolved, and we'll feel defeated at seeing this pattern back in our life.
It can be very frustrating to see an old, limiting pattern return and stare us down like a growling dog, daring us to walk across its path. No matter how much it scares us to face it again, we can clear old patterns - and for good. We simply need to keep taking steps and using the right tools.
One tool that can quickly and effectively help is the breath of fire.
Breath of fire is a Kundalini Yoga breathing technique that literally creates heat in the body. This is caused by the quick stomach movements, which cause our muscles to warm up and raise the temperature in the lower torso. The name also reflects that using this move is like turning on a switch that lights up and ignites the mind and body.
When we’re butting up against a wall, this move is something that will clear the mind so we can see what’s happening. It will also fire us up to find new solutions and to realize we are bigger and stronger than our fears and limiting beliefs.
When using this breathing technique we are clearing, moving and raising energy in our first three chakras.
These three chakras each have an important role to play in our sense of self-power. They are all connected and related in purpose.
Activating and clearing all three at once enhances the overall healing. The more we heal, nurture and honor our sense of self-power, the more passionate and alive we will feel.
To do this technique you will breathe fast through your nose while moving your stomach in a coordinated pattern.
The fast, pumping breaths have multiple physical and emotional benefits. As you push and pull your stomach in and out you will physically be pushing on stuck energy.
You will also clear stuck emotional energy in the chakras listed above. The blood will get pumping faster, cleansing it as old oxygen is quickly released. Breathe in just as fast, the continual bursts of fresh oxygen rejuvenate the entire mind and body system.
To begin the breath of fire, sit on the floor with legs crossed under you. Ensure your shoulders are back and you’re sitting up straight. You will breathe through your nose only. As you breathe in, push your stomach out, allowing the breath to completely fill your lungs. As you breathe out, pull your stomach in, using it as a pump to quickly and fully exhale the breath. Do this in fast movements.
It may take a few tries to get the rhythm down. With a little bit of practice, the motions will become natural, and you will find you can frequently use this exercise to uplift and energize your power center.
As you feel comfortable with the movement, you can also enhance the practice by visualizing a fire in your first three chakras. You might imagine this fire is like a furnace, energizing your life as it burns up all that you are done with and using it to fuel you forward. You may also want to check out my guided Chakra Balancing meditation, which will take you on a deeper journey in restoring harmony in your energetic body.