Dirgha Pranayama — Complete Breath
"Dirgha" connotes 'long' in Sanskrit. This pranayama involves a long and deep breath which fills all the three chambers of the lungs.
- Sit erect on the floor.
- Keep your eyes closed.
- Take a couple of long and deep inhalations.
- Each inhalation needs to take place in three steps:
- Inhale deeply to fill the lower abdominal region. Exhale and flatten your stomach.
- Inhale again deeply to fill up the lower lungs. Simultaneously raise your ribcage. Exhale.
- Inhale deeply to fill your stomach with air, expand your rib cage. Continue breathing till the upper chest area is also raised.
- Once you have assumed the right pattern, inhale in one long flow.
- Stop practice if you feel dizziness.
- Menstruating women get relief with this pranayama.
- Constipation can be cured.
- Dirgha Pranayama relaxes both your mind and body.
- This asana supplies oxygenated blood to the lungs.
- The nervous system is rejuvenated.