Specific breathing exercises may help raise dormant Kundalini.
Breathing is usually an unconscious activity. You might never give a second thought to proper breathing technique or the quality of your breath - the breath just happens of its own accord. But practicing breathing exercises may provide a number of benefits, such as relaxation or increased energy. Yogis use specific breathing exercises to raise the coiled, serpentlike invisible energy that lies at the base of your spine, known as Kundalini. Whether they're energizing or relaxing, these exercises all serve to awaken dormant Kundalini.
Alternate Nostril Breathing
The alternate nostril technique is one of the basic breathing exercises used in Kundalini yoga. Every Kundalini yoga practitioner should perfect this technique, says Yogi Bhajan, a Kundalini Yoga master. This is an important technique to master before moving on to more advanced breathing exercises. To practice this exercise, sit on the floor in a comfortable, cross-legged position. Raise your right hand in front of your face and close your eyes. Press your right nostril closed using your right thumb. Take a long, slow inhalation through your left nostril. Pause for a moment, release your right thumb and close your left nostril using your right pinky finger. Exhale completely from your right nostril. Continue this cycle for up to 30 minutes.
Try the Breath of Fire
The Breath of Fire is a more challenging breathing technique that involves quick, forceful breaths. This exercise is cleansing and energizing, according to yoga gurus Gururattan Kaur Khalsa and Ann Marie Maxwell in their book, "Introduction to Kundalini Yoga." Sit in a comfortable seated position. Start by taking several long, deep breaths. After your last inhalation, exhale from your nose and force all of the air from your lungs by contracting your abdominal muscles. This should be a rapid, powerful movement. Immediately inhale through your nose, allowing the air to flow back into your lungs of its own accord. Continue this exercise by contracting your abdomen to expel all air from your lungs and quickly inhaling to expand your lungs. Aim for around two to three breaths per second.
Take Long, Deep Breaths
Long Deep Breathing is a slow, calming exercise that may help activate your Third Eye chakra, located in the center of your forehead, and your Crown chakra, located at the top of your head, if you can breathe slowly enough, say Khalsa and Maxwell. To practice this deceptively simple exercise, sit in a comfortable position. Rest the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth. Inhale as slowly as possible through your nose with an open mouth. Focus on filling your abdomen, then diaphragm, then chest, with air. Pause for a moment, then exhale as slowly as possible out of your nose. Focus on emptying all the air from your chest, then diaphragm, then abdomen. Your Third Eye chakra should activate if you can take less than six breaths per minute, and your Crown chakra should activate if you take less than four breaths per minute.
Include Soham Mantra Breathing
Your breath naturally makes the sounds that resemble the words "so" and "hum" when you inhale and exhale. Breathing with a Soham mantra - also known as So Hum or Sohum - can help gradually activate Kundalini through conscious focus, says Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati, a Himalayan yoga meditation guru. The first variation of this technique combines the Soham mantra with diaphragmatic breathing. Sit in a comfortable, cross-legged position. Exhale deeply through your nose, focusing on the area of your diaphragm located beneath your breastbone as you make the sound "hum." Inhale deeply, focusing on the word "so" as you expand your rib cage. Complete several smooth cycles of this breathing technique.