COMPLETE YOGIC RESPIRATION
Remember, Inhalation is made up of three partial phases:
Diaphragmatic or abdominal breathing induced by lowering and flattening
the dome-shaped diaphragm.
2. Intercostal breathing brought about by
expanding the rib cage.
3. Clavicular breathing from the top of the
lungs, produced by raising the upper part of the thorax.
Each of these phases has its own merits,
but yogic inspiration is only complete when all three are done in
How can this breathing be learned? Before
attempting to combine them - that is to say before we can achieve in
one single, smooth and continuos movement complete and easy filling of
the lungs, thereby supplying them with reviving air, and expanding the
pulmonary alveoli (all 70 million of them) - we must learn to
dissociate the three phases. First of all we practice breathing from