The Detoxifying Panting Dog Breath of Fire - Kundalini Yoga

Submitted by Bonnie Sedan on May 23, 2013

The Panting Dog Breath of Fire is an excellent Kundalini yoga pose that helps detoxify the entire body and cleanse it of all toxins. Ideally, this pose should be done at the end of any Kriya and just before your final relaxation pose. The Panting Dog Breath of Fire as the name suggests is a breathing exercise that needs to be done slowly and mindfully.

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No point rushing through the exercise, as you will only miss out on all its powerful benefits. The exercise should also be done for short periods of time as you build up your capacity and become more comfortable with the techniques involved.

Instructions for Detoxifying Panting Dog Breath of Fire

  • Sit in the Rock Pose or Vajrasana.


    To do so, simply kneel and sit back on your heels. Make sure the tops of your feet are flat on the ground and your heels press into your buttocks.
  • Lean a little ahead and place your hands on your knees.
  • Open your mouth wide and put out your tongue.
  • Now, pant like a dog would. All your breathing should take place through your mouth. Don’t hold back now – just pant as forcefully as you can.
  • As you exhale, pull your stomach muscles in sharply. This action is very similar to the Kapalbhati Pranayama.
  • Your pace of breathing should be rapid throughout the exercise.
  • You may begin to feel a strange metallic taste. Do not be alarmed. This happens as the body purges itself of all the toxins and begins to eliminate them. Start off by doing the exercise for 15 seconds at a time if you are a beginner. Build up to one to five minutes as your capacity increases.

Benefits of Detoxifying Panting Dog Breath of Fire

  • This pose helps flush out all the toxins from your system.
  • The sharp exhalations and movements of your stomach can help tone the abdominal muscles and prevent fat from building up in the area.
  • As you build up your capacity and increase the duration of the exercise, you build up your respiratory capacity as well and prevent future problems and breathing difficulties.
  • The Detoxifying Panting Dog Breath of Fire can help improve overall health and immunity.

How To Practice Detoxifying Panting Dog Breath of Fire:

  • The guiding principle behind Kundalini yoga is fearlessness. As a practitioner of this form of yoga, you need to let go of your inhibitions and throw yourself into every pose. No matter how odd you may think it is or how embarrassed you feel, Kundalini yoga encourages you to overcome your shyness and doubts and just go for it. Only once you stop holding back will you reap the benefits of this powerful yoga practice.
  • After finishing this exercise and your final relaxation pose, it is recommended that you drink plenty of water to assist in the elimination of toxins.
  • If you feel dizzy at any point during the pose, take a break for a few seconds.
  • Do not push yourself to perform beyond your capabilities.
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