Yogic breathing is the combination of three breathing techniques (belly + thoracic + clavicular).
This increases the maximum ventilation, volume (expansion of the lungs) as the lungs are completely filled with air and all the lobes (superior or upper, middle and the inferior or lower) are used and expanded nicely.
Through the regular practice of this breath, one can easily get the control over the breathing, later on, mind too.
In yogic breathing, while inhaling, the belly muscles expand outward first (as diaphragm goes down in the abdominal cavity), then the lower lobes the lungs are filled, then middle lobes are filled, this allows the expansion in the whole thoracic region and in all the dimensions (front and back, sides and up-down).
The inhalation is completed with clavicular breathing, which fills the upper lobes of the lungs that allows the expansion a bit more up to collar bones & shoulder girdles.
So process of inhalation allows the expansion from bottom to top.
It's similar to fill the claypot by water.
It fills from down most or bottom to the neck. In this way of breathing actually practitioner uses the maximum numbers of air sacs or alveolies (it looks like a bunch of graphs used for receiving the air), that are hardly used in normal breathing.
In this way of inhalation, it not only helps for receiving maximum amount of oxygen but also helps the proper, enough movement of the diagram muscle and provides massaging, healing effects to other vital organs like liver, pancreas, intestine and kidneys.
The process of exhalation is just reverse of the inhalation. Means exhalation allows the contraction and relaxation first in the chest area, middle, lower and then belly contracts (navel goes towards the spine).
In short, during the exhalation, contraction and relaxation goes from top to bottom side. It's like emptying the claypot of water. At the end of the exhalation belly muscles moves completely inward.
In the beginning, it requires little effort and time to tune of your body and mind but in three to six months practice it would become easier and smooth for you. It may be possible that in the beginning some of you experience light dizziness sensations specifically those who have some respiratory issues, please do not force yourself, do it lightly.
If possible, should learn in the guidance of a yoga teacher.
Full Yogic breath vitalizes the whole body.
Increases the level of oxygen in the blood.
It helps to detoxify the lungs and indirectly intestines because this breathing improves the digestion system.
It helps to relieve the stress and tension.
It makes the mind relax and calm.
Stay Healthy and be blessed
Hari om!!! 🙏
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