A technique for performing Dirgha. This is a relaxing and releasing pranayama technique. This technique can be performed upright, or laying down. It is also called three-part breathing.
- For the first part of the inhalation, use the diaphragm to draw air into the lower lungs in a smooth rhythmic motion.
- Next, draw air into the middle-lungs by expanding the rib-cage.
- Finally, draw the air into the upper lungs into the collarbones (clavicle).
- Exhalation is the reverse of the inhalation.
- Anytime you need to relax.
- When you need prana to nourish the organs, tissues, and cells of the body.
- Releases tension in the organs by allowing direction of the prana to them.
Do not perform if you need to awaken. This technique slows the body down and roots it.