The Yogic Breath

The Yogic or Three Part Breath is a rejuvenating breathing practice that incorporates three different sections of the torso and naturally engages all three lobes of the lungs through diaphragmatic, chest, and clavicular breathing. The Yogic Breath revitalizes the entire body with prana and awakens the muscles of respiration, encouraging full expansion of the lungs.

Benefits of The Yogic Breath

  • Expands our capacity to breathe fully and releases inner muscles that have become tight through habitual patterns or shallow breathing.
  • Relaxes the body and calms the mind.
  • Stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for our rest, digestion, and relaxation response. This slows the heart rate, balances digestion, and activates the cleansing processes in the body.
  • Strengthens the abdominal muscles.
  • Very soothing during menstruation.

Procedure

Sitting with your spine straight or lying down on your back, take a few deep breaths and relax.

With a slow and steady breath through the nostrils, inhale into the three chambers of your lungs beginning with the abdomen by expanding theĀ  belly. Next, the thoracic by expanding the rib cage. Finally the clavicular by expanding the upper chest and shoulders by the completion of the inhale.

Slowly exhale, emptying the lungs from top to bottom, contracting the abdominal muscles at the end of the exhalation to squeeze out all of the residual air.

Continue in this way as desired, resting your awareness on the sensation of breathing.

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