Dirga Pranayama (Three Part Breath or Complete Breath)

Pranayama (Breath Control): use your breath to control the flow of energy in the body and mind.  Any time you concentrate on your breath, you are doing yoga!

Dirga Pranayama (Three Part Breath or Complete Breath)

The Dirga or Complete Breath is a basic breathing technique that can be easily mastered and used all throughout your day, both on and off the yoga mat.  Although the Dirga Breath is sometimes called the three part breath, it is to be done with a smooth continuous flow of air into the body on the inhale and a smooth continuous release of the breath on the exhale.

How to do the Dirga Breath

Sit up straight or lay back

Begin to notice your breath

Inhale and exhale through your nose

Filling your belly, ribs and chest with air on the inhale

Allowing your chest, ribs and belly to relax on the exhale.

You can gently place your hands on your belly, fingertips touching

As you inhale, filling your belly, ribs and chest with air, feel your fingers separate.

As you exhale, allow your chest, ribs and belly to relax.  Your fingertips come back together

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