Ashtanga Yoga Breathing Practice

Submitted by Jerry Parker on December 22, 2012

Ashtanga Yoga subject - practice breath is a series of steps to breathe correctly and properly. Like Yogic breathing, it consists of the full breath called Dirga Pranayama. Essentially, it combines the following into one complete breath:

  • Diaphragmatic breathing
  • Intercostal breathing

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  • Clavicular breathing

You start by breathing in using all three abovementioned parts of the torso. Next when your lungs are fully filled, you exhale the same way as you did while inhaling. Now inhale once more the same way.


You can go on for as long as you want to. However, this breathing is not supposed to bring on any discomfort or fatigue. You may do it at any time of day - or night - as and when you remember it. You can do it at work, while walking, talking, eating, jogging, any time.

Just remember to breathe consciously and as fully as you can. Slowly and steadily you will come into the habit of full breathing, and your way of breathing will get better and better over time as you keep up with the practices. It is important that you set some time apart each day, for a couple minutes' practice. This must be a special time that is suitable to you. The morning when you get up is a great time, and so also in the evening before going to bed.

Likewise, if you ever feel run-down, dejected or dispirited just do a couple complete breathing exercises. You will, automatically find your fatigue vanish, as if by magic. Likewise, your mental balance will be restored and you will get back to work once more with renewed vigor.

Remember, above all to remain cool and calm and not to get agitated. It will also help if you pay attention to your style. Remember the old adage: "early to bed and early to rise."There are no replacements for the "ole is gold" rulel Besides, pay attention to your diete Consult a good Yoga diet and abide by iti

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