Posts Tagged ‘Dirga Breath’

Sun Flower Breath

March 30, 2012

I like to use this Active Breath as an energizer when I need a little lift or following a warm up in yoga.

SUNFLOWER BREATH

Take a nice wide stance (Feet 3-4 feet or so apart)
Turn toes out slightly
INHALE circle your arms up over your head
EXHALE circle your arms down and bend forward
I like to allow my fingertips to brush the mat
INHALE reverse swan dive up, arms over head
EXHALE fold forward circle your hands to the mat
Repeat several times.

You can do this active breath fast or slow; you can make these movements large or small.

Variation 1:  Bend your knees and you bend forward
Variation 2:  Just move your arms with your breath omit the forward fold)

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Easy Self Guided Bareh Count Down Meditation

November 8, 2011

Bareh (बारह) is 12 in Hindi .

This is a great relaxation technique to do when ever you are stressed.  It’s perfect for unwinding after a long day.  It can help keep anger in check (think counting to ten).  It’s a perfect meditation to do when you can’t sleep (think counting sheep).

Come to a comfortable seated pose or corpse pose
Settle in, close your eyes and begin to take a few slow deep breaths.
When you are ready to begin…

  • Take a long slow deep breath in,
  • as you exhale, relax and release mentally say 12.
  • Inhale once again,
  • as you exhale, relax and release a little bit further,  mentally say 11.

Continue on in this way slowly counting backwards, relaxing and releasing with each breath out.

If you find that you reach zero and your mind or body are still racing, begin again at 12.

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4-7-8 Breath: Get what you want with powerful Pranayama.

August 4, 2011

4-7-8 Breath
Do no more than two round of 7 of these breaths per day.
You can do this breath anywhere anytime.
I like to practice breathing exercises while I’m driving or waiting for my computer to warm up.

Set an intention.

  • I am happy and content
  • My income is constantly increasing
  • I am fully engaged in the present moment

You can practice Pranayama in any body position.  Today, however, we will begin in a comfortable seated asana.

Come to Easy, Half Lotus or Lotus Pose.

Sit up nice and tall, good contact with your sits bones.

Settle in, close your eyes and begin to take a few soft full deep breaths.

Place the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth.
Find the area behind your teeth and before the bump on the roof of your mouth.
*Press your tongue onto this area for the entire breath cycle.

*Inhale through your nose for a count of FOUR

*Hold your Breath in for a count of SEVEN

*Exhale through your MOUTH (tongue on the roof of your mouth) for a count of EIGHT

*Repeat above for up to 7 cycles, up to twice a day.

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Centering to Begin your Yoga Practice

February 11, 2011

Come to a Comfortable Position:  Seated  (Easy, Half Lotus, Lotus Position), Laying back in Corpse Pose, Standing in Mountain Pose (Tadasana) or Child’s Pose (Balasana).

Settle in, Close your Eyes and begin to take a few slow, full deep breaths.

When you are ready, begin to transition to Dirga Pranayama

Inhale and exhale through your nose.

Fill your Belly Ribs and Chest with Air on the Inhale.

Allow your Chest, Ribs and Belly to contract on the Exhale.

Begin to let everything from the outside world slip away.

Give yourself permission to be present here in this space and this time.

After a few Minutes set an Intention or Affirmation for your Practice.

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Dirga Pranayama (Three Part Breath or Complete Breath)

April 13, 2010

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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