Pranayama Exercise: Dirga Breath also known as 3 Part Breath
Soften into yourself with a breathing exercise called 3 part breath. 3 part breath has its name because you are actively breathing into 3 parts of your abdomen. In separating each inhale and each exhale into 3 parts, you lengthen your breath and begin to focus the mind. Some benefits of Dirga breath, include:
* Calm the mind and body, reducing stress and anxiety
* Promotes full and complete breathing
* Increases oxygen supply to the blood
* Releases muscular tension
* Prepares for deeper meditation
Place one hand on your belly and one over your heart. Let your hands receive your breath. Then, break up each inhale and exhale into 3 parts. Breathing in, start with your belly, ribs, & chest. Then exhale chest, ribs, & belly. Continue with this rhythm for 1-2 minutes. Explore a longer breath after a few rounds. Then release the hands and simply enjoy your breath, it's with you every moment of every day.