Full Yogic Breath
- Balances the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, calming the nervous system and reducing stress
- Enhances metabolism
- Increases efficiency of the natural breath
- Corrects poor breathing patterns and habits
- Ayurveda: balances all five elements and reduces all three doshas
- Chakras: activates all of the chakras, especially the solar plexus (3), heart (4), and throat (5)
- Prana Vayus: strengthens all five pranas
- Langhana/Brahmana: balances heating and cooling
- Either sit comfortably or lie on your back and relax.
- Begin to inhale slowly enough that the breath is almost inaudible, and fill the abdomen.
- When the abdomen is fully expanded, allow the breath to continue its expansion into the thoracic region, filling the ribcage.
- When the ribcage is fully expanded, inhale a little bit more until you feel the chest and collarbones lift.
- The entire inhale should be one long, continuous movement, and try to keep the body relaxed.
- Now, hold the breath for just a moment, and then very slowly begin to exhale from the top of the lungs by allowing the neck and shoulders to relax.
- Continue exhaling slowly, relaxing the ribs.
- Finally, as you complete the exhale, feel the abdomen gently pulling back toward the spine.
- Empty the lungs as much as possible without straining.
- This completes one full yogic breath.
- Practice this full breath 5-10 times in the beginning, and gradually work up to 5 minutes.