Yoga Breathing: Three Part Breath

Pranayama, Sanskrit for breath control is the yogic practice of voluntarily controlled breathing exercises.  Researchers have conducted over 100 well designed research studies investigating the physiological and medical benefits of pranayama.  It has been discovered that voluntary breath control stimulates the Autonomic Nervous System.  This system controls the overall level of relaxation or arousal of the body.   The Autonomic Nervous System can be divided up into two components:

  1. Parasympathetic Nervous System

When triggered, muscle relaxation, decreased blood pressure and hard rate and improved mood occur.  Breathing techniques focusing on prolonged exhalation increase the relaxation response, helping those in pain or feeling anxious.

  1. Sympathetic Nervous System

Also known as the flight-or-fight response, the SNS prepares our bodies for activity by increasing blood flow to the skeletal muscles and increasing the heart rate.  This arousal response can be triggered by breathing techniques that focus on a prolonged inhalation and is helpful to combat depression and lethargy.

Three Part Breath is a technique that focuses on the inhalation, helping to restore your mood and increase one’s energy level.

Three Part Breath Instructions:

—  Sit tall in a comfortable position.

—  Inhale, bringing your breath deep into your abdomen, then ribcage, and finally into your chest and throat.

—  Exhale completely, letting everything go.

—  Repeat for 3-5 minutes.


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