Updated: Nov 11, 2020
Our life begins and ends with a breath.
In order to live and keep the body healthy, we require not only food and water, but also air to BREATHE. The air we breathe is even more important than eating and drinking.
If we are not Breatharian (person who live off air - PRANA instead of food) without food we can survive only several weeks. Without water we can survive for a few days. However, without breathing we can survive only few minutes.
Within 1 breath, 3 phases can be distinguished:
It works with 3 different sections of the torso and naturally engages all 3 lobes of the lungs.
Abdominal or Diaphragmatic Breathing
Thoracic or Chest (Ribcage) Breathing
Clavicular or Collarbone Breathing
How to practice:
Video on YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiE2bX8sREc
Why to practice Full Yogic Breath:
Quiet, regular and deep breathing is decisive for our health. It has a harmonising and calming effect upon body and mind.
The breath should be silent and through the nose (Because the air is filtered, moistened and warmed within the nose.). With a practice we try to gradually slow and lengthen the breath.
Only through correct breathing can unfold the full effects of the Yoga exercises.
It’s important when we practice yoga to keep our body & mind fully relaxed with deep mindfulness and conscious breath. By exhaling consciously, we can help to relax our muscles.
Full yogic breath is a deep breathing pranayama practice with a number of profound benefits:
Breath revitalises the entire body with prana (essential life force).
It benefits the vital organs, which can easily become stagnant with emotional and physical tension when we experience stress.
Promote the circulation & helps the lymphatic system
Send more oxygen to the brain & organs
Relieves stress and refreshes the mind
Activates the parasympathetic nervous system
Benefits vata, pitta, and kapha
Helps to correct unhealthy breathing patterns & more balanced state of being overall.
It’s most effective method to reduce anxiety and focusing the attention on the present moment.