Dirgha is pronounced DEAR-gah
Summary: This breathing technique is done with long, slow, deep breaths while focusing on the lower, mid, and upper portions of your chest. This allows for the fullest breathing possible and will improve respiration, circulation, and even digestion. The complete breath will soothe your frazzled nerves, clear your mind, and will replenish your life force.
Controlling the volume, duration and frequency of the inhalation, the exhalation, and the pauses between each breath enhances prana, the energy that supports and sustains the life force. Breathing becomes slow and refined.
~~Yoga Sutra 2.50
How to practice the complete yogic breath / dirgha breathing
Either come into a comfortable seated position with your spine erect or lie on your back. It is easier to learn this while lying on your back.
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