Panting Dog Breath of Fire

This is my all time favorite pose and I include it in my daily yoga practice towards the end. It helps detoxify the entire body by cleansing it of all toxic waste and heavy metal.  Within weeks of practicing Panting Dog, I noticed a reduction in my acne breakouts that I’ve been having since the past 15 years and my skin looks and feels much smoother.

• Sit on your heals in rock pose.

• Place your hands on your knees and lean slightly forward.

• Stick your tongue as far out as possible, close your eyes and begin panting fast (about 2 pants per second)-just like a dog 8)

• The stress is on exhalation followed by a very subtle inhalation. During exhalation your stomach should automatically contract towards your spine. Don’t force the pumping of the tummy muscles. As you pant fast you should feel your tummy pumping automatically. Make sure to drink plenty of water upon conclusion of your yoga session and throughout the day to help wash out any residual toxins.

• If you feel dizzy, take breaks every 20-30 seconds and don’t overdo it.

• Duration: 1-5 minutes

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. snigsnicks
    Sep 06, 2012 @ 15:31:47

    hi, what does rock pose mean?


  2. Jane
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 11:06:09

    Thank you very much, Yachna. This is so very helpful.


  3. N.K. Ramani
    Aug 09, 2013 @ 22:53:51

    All your articles is well written which can be practiced by anyone having interest in Pranayam & Yoga. If I do not get time, I sometime do the Panting Dog Breathing while walking. Appreciate your advice.

    Thank you

    N.K. Ramani


  4. osshhn
    Feb 06, 2015 @ 04:04:52


    I do surya namaskar 6 rounds in yoga every day. Can I do this panting dog yoga after that? Any precaution?


    • yachna
      Feb 06, 2015 @ 11:08:01

      Surya Namaskar increases heat (tejas) in the body. That is why it is recommended to do in the early hours when it is still cool. The panting dog breath of fire- from my experience i would say is a cooling practice which is why I experienced reduction in my acne breakouts. Also I experienced a metallic taste on my mouth indicative of liver cleansing side effect. personally I wouldn’t do it since they produce opposite results. Just like when you do suryabhedi pranayam it is not recommended to do chandrabhedi after it. You can maybe try doing the panting dog breath later in the day like late afternoon for a few days and see if you notice anything and just take it from there.


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