For me, living a starry kind of life isn’t only about astrology. It’s also about having go-to tools for feeling good, staying balanced, and as Yogi Bhajan would say, “keeping up.”
If you haven’t already guessed it from the Yogi Bhajan quote, my starry secret weapon for finding inner calm and majorly reducing stress is practicing Kundalini yoga. In those moments when I feel like things are getting crazy, I know the answer is to go to my Kundalini yoga class. After 90 minutes there, I’m like a brand new person. Calm, focused, and observing with a neutral mind. It hasn’t failed once since I began practicing it in 2003.
For me, finding Kundalini yoga really was a case of “when the student is ready, the teacher appears.” When I took my first class, it had been a year of change, letting go, and life transformation in ways I hadn’t expected. I had no idea before I went to my first class that starting my Kundalini yoga practice would be exactly what I needed to find inner calm and to move forward in amazing and positive ways.
And it really did start in my first class. I remember we learned all about different breaths and mudras in that class, and one of them was Breath of Fire. It sounds simple: rapid breath in and out through your nose while pumping your navel (expand your abdominal area as you breathe in, and push your navel and abdominal area in as you breathe out). Don’t let the simplicity fool you, since this is one incredibly powerful exercise.
Don’t just take my word for it. In his book, Revolution, Russell Brand talks about Breath of Fire and notes that Kundalini yoga “is distinctive because of its use of ‘breath of fire’…This is accompanied by mantras and movements and definitely changes the way you feel” (Revolution, p. 40). I know for a fact that Russell’s done Breath of Fire a lot: we went to the same Kundalini yoga class in Hollywood in 2012 and 2013.
Since Kundalini yoga has had such a positive impact on my life and continues to give me so many life tools, I want to share Breath of Fire with you. Click play on the video below to learn how to do Breath of Fire, and to find out how long you should do it for.
Questions? I’d love to answer them, so ask away!