An energizing and soothing practice, full yogic breath is a basic core breath. It flushes out the entire respiratory system. The breath becomes deeper, more relaxed, and more efficient. The muscles of the belly, midriff, and chest are gently engaged. The breath is experienced in different parts of the torso. A gentle expansion of the body helps stretch and elongate the breath. The stretch and expansion are predominantly vertical as opposed to horizontal. A vertical stretch engages the diaphgram so it actively moves the lower parts of the lungs. This movement helps flush out the lower lobes, areas that normally get little movement. Breathing deeply into the various parts of the torso also helps determine areas of pain, tension, and tightness. When practicing an asana, if the body trembles and vibrates, we know that there is tension or we are overdoing it. In the same way, when the breath is ragged, irregular, or tight, we know that there is some tension or pain and we may be overdoing the breath. So it is important to watch and monitor yourself. Breathing into the tension and pain can help diffuse it. Keep the breath relaxed and easy.
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