Breath of Fire Yoga

Free Online Yoga Video – Breath of Fire Yoga Breathing Exercise

Summary: Free online yoga video of the Breath of Fire kundalini yoga breathing exercise.  This online yoga video kicks off the start of the video libraries that will be made available on Mastery of Meditation.  The Breath of Fire is an excellent starting point as it is a key component of Kundalini Yoga practice. 

Breath of Fire Kundalini Yoga Breathing Exercise Video

Free Online Yoga Pranayama Video #1

Breath of Fire Yoga

The article Breath of Fire Breathing Exercise which is chapter 1 of the Free Online Breathing Exercises (Yoga Pranayama) E-Book gives copious details on this powerful and important Kundalini Yoga pranayama.  The Breath of Fire is a key component of Kundalini Yoga Kiryas and as its been detailed heavily in that chapter already, I don’t want to rehash the information here.  Instead, I will just highlight the most important aspects of this yoga pranayama and move ahead to the video.

This king kong of pranayamas helps you detoxify your system, oxygenate your blood, magnify the benefits of the Kundalini Yoga exercise you are doing and generate terrific energy within.  If you suffer from heat related issues or high blood pressure, you should use caution when practicing Breath of Fire. 

The yoga instruction video below goes over these details and more.  Here are some quick highlights of what the video covers:

  • Detailed instructions of the beginner, intermediate and advanced versions of Breath of Fire.
  • Discussion of the most common mistakes and difficulties when doing Breath of Fire and demonstration of how NOT to do this kundalini yoga pranayama.
  • General guidance on this powerful breathing exercise.

Free Online Yoga Video of Breath of Fire



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  1. Anil Jogani
    Anil Jogani says:

    Fantastic work, Anmol! You have made the best use of the internet. Very grateful for your free videos. Thank you. I wonder why I did not discover you before now. Better late than never!.

  2. Anis Fathima
    Anis Fathima says:

    I have been following ur weight loss program for sometime.Iam just not able to understand ‘BREATH OF FIRE’ inspite of repeatedly watching its video.Pls clarify whether this involves just sniffing or breathing in and out.

  3. Mike
    Mike says:

    Hi Anmol
    Thanks for the excellent technique.
    With some concentration, I can locate the “Breath of fire” to specific area of problem such as heart, solar plexus or even kidneys. This seems very effective. As an old sanskrit saying – “Where ‘Dhyana’ there ‘Prana’ “.

  4. Anmol Mehta
    Anmol Mehta says:

    Dear Gurubandhu,

    Thank you for stopping by and your thoughts on Breath of Fire. The navel will pump automatically, even at the very fast pace.

    The subtle difference between Bhastrika and BOF is where the emphasis is when doing each breath. Bhastrika on navel, BOF on breath at tip of nose.


  5. Gurubandhu
    Gurubandhu says:

    I am a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor. Breath of Fire is considered a powerful breath. You are right that it is equal parts inhale and exhale. However, the emphasis is on pumping the breath with the navel. It seemed too fast to do it the way it was on parts of the video where it was for “advanced” people. Too fast to pump the navel properly.The navel is the center of “fire” or 3rd chakra so building the fire is important.

  6. AnnaLela
    AnnaLela says:

    for the breath of fire excercises, if you had done it without the shirt it would be clearer to see the exact abdoman movement. But I am just a beginner, truly I would want anyone to try some of your excerrcises. Nothing at all to lose. Thank you Mehta.

  7. Trupti Mehta
    Trupti Mehta says:


    Give this a little time and see if the discomfort still occurs. DO NOT overdo the breathing. Use a cushion to help with the posture… the video is pretty clear on the stance.

    Let us know how it goes.

    All the best,

  8. Nadir Pervez
    Nadir Pervez says:

    Dear Anmol
    first of all i would really like to thank you for sharing such wonderful knowledge with us. i have started my yoga path a month ago. while practicing breath of fire some times i feel pain in one side of the belly and some times in back bone.. can you please suggest us how i can come to know that whether i am doing my exercise with straight spinal cord or if there is any bent in it. and who can i be sure that only navel point is moving not other part of belly and abdomen.
    with best regards
    Nadir Pevez

  9. Anmol Mehta
    Anmol Mehta says:

    Dear Tomasz,

    Sorry I have not been able to respond to you earlier. Working on getting more staff to help out :-).

    Yes absolutely you can creatively use Breath of Fire in combination with any exercise, yoga or otherwise, or just as an exercise in itself, or during regular activities such as walking, driving, etc.


  10. Lita
    Lita says:

    Is it a good idea to do the eagle pose and the breath of fire at the same time? I feel it may be a good way to start the day!

  11. Tomasz
    Tomasz says:

    Dear Anmol,

    your website and the yoga vidoes have been recommended to me by my Indian friends. I am absolutely stunned by the clarity of your explanation and the attention to details.

    I have one question about the breath of fire: can it be practised during various yoga exercises, or simply during walking or other daily routines, or is the sitting position the only appropriate one?



  12. Anmol Mehta
    Anmol Mehta says:

    Hi Dagmar,

    Great to hear you are enjoying and benefiting from the website and thank you for sharing your fascinating experiences with us.

    Yes Breath of Fire can be practiced by itself as well. Great to see you experiencing first hand what these powerful pranayamas can do.


  13. Dagmar
    Dagmar says:

    Hi Anmol,

    First I want to thank you for this great site and all the information here. THANK YOU!
    Have a question about BOF.
    Is the 11 min maximum time for BOF by itself?

    I started practicing BOF on Feb 1st (tried many times before, but always got frustrated and gave up). In the beginning I could do it for 30 sec. It was hard, I would get hot and sweaty. It took me 41 days to get to 5 min. Than it became easier. I got to 11 min, and … what a difference, what a feeling!
    I have to admit I ignored the menstruating rule and practice every day (I am a marathon runner, I don’t stop running when menstruating; besides I was afraid I would loose the rhythm).
    This morning during BOF, as I could feel the energy moving in my body, around my body, and on the top of my head (?!), I did not want to stop. INCREDIBLE FEELING! I did BOF for 13 min; after I stopped (as I was sitting motionless), I still could feel the energy moving for some time. AWESOME!
    Thank you,

  14. Anmol Mehta
    Anmol Mehta says:

    Hi Diogen,

    The key to breath of fire is that you inhale and exhale the same amount when “sniffing”. Don’t tense your diaphragm, or try to hold your breath. Keep it soft and then just focus on shallow rapid breathing at the tip of the nose.

    If you are running out of air, it means you are exhaling more per sniff than inhaling.

    It takes time to master this techniques, but it’s worth the effort.


  15. diogen
    diogen says:

    If you are not really inhaling during this does that mean you are holding your breath the whole time? I can’t seem to do this for very long because it feels like I am holding my breath while doing the “sniffing” and I run out of air.


Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  1. Drishtis · Daily Pranayama practice says:

    […] Then I do Breath of Fire through the right nostril, while keeping the left nostril closed, for three minutes. I follow this with Breath of Fire through the left nostril, keeping the right nostril closed, also for three minutes. […]

  2. Drishtis · Pranayama practice says:

    […] As I do have prior knowledge of pranayama, either taught to me by my meditation teacher or picked up from various yoga books, I have put together a short practice for myself. I’m sort of making it up as I go, but basically doing Breath of Fire, Alternate Nostril Breathing, and working on the upper two locks: jalandhara bandha (chin lock) and uddiyana bandha (abdominal lock). The entire practice so far is lasting about 15 minutes, but I will probably lengthen it as I get used to the practice, and as time permits. […]

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