The full yogic breath is the core of the meditation and yoga practice; it is the basic building block of pranayama exercises. It teaches us to utilize the three anatomical parts of our lungs, enabling us to reconnect to the breath and to learn to breathe correctly. As you relearn your breathing technique, you increase lung capacity. This, in turn, increases circulation as you send more oxygen to the brain. This reduces stress and tension quickly and effectively.
The full yogic breath brings about a number of very important benefits. It serves to calm and assuage the mind. Proper breathing increases concentration while dramatically reducing emotional and nervous anxiety. Yogic breathing also releases the acute and chronic tensions around the heart and digestive organs, this helps sufferers of respiratory illnesses such as asthma and emphysema to overcome the fear of shortness of breath. Finally, it increases lung capacity and encourages proper nervous stimulus to the cardio-vascular system.
The full yogic breath improves detoxification through increased exchange of carbon dioxide and oxygen, as it calms the mind and integrates the mental/physical balance. It also contributes to overall vitality and relaxation. Proper breathing also amplifies the autoimmune system by increasing the distribution of energy to the endocrine system. In order to achieve the successes of the full yogic breath, it is necessary to complete the four parts of the breath. We strengthen and then slow our breath by simply becoming aware of the different aspects of each of these four parts.