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Full Yogic Breath

Full yogic breath theory. To access the full yogic breath and recognise the pneumatic areas, we need to learn how inhalation originates from different areas than the exhalation. Learn how to broaden the hardest space of the diaphragm in the very centre and towards the floating ribs, start to recognise the space. Recognize the shape of the floating ribs by touching them with the fingers up to the sternum; then with your breath draw the line of the ribs as you have done with your fingers.

Where the inhalation arises. Allow the exhalation to happen by itself.

  • Bottom of abdomen
  • Width of the side torso
  • Abdominal ceiling

The three thoracic calibrators. The mind flows completely towards the place where you intend to expand “pranic excursions”
1) Inhalation arises; completing that process, we will be able to clearly differentiate the thoracic back and the abdominal dome of the thorax.
2) Back of the ribs broadens and ascends from the sides up to the armpits. Inhalation seems to be suspended, but it continues expanding itself; in that expansion, new air will come in, organically aligning the torso
3) The superior thoracic cage, aligning the shoulders and creating space from the inside of the armpit up to the thoracic dome, a natural expansion that may be kept in sitting postures and applying Jalandhara Bandha.

Study Guide

  • Broaden the hardest space of the diaphragm in the very centre and towards the floating ribs.
  • Back of the ribs broaden and ascend from the sides, up to the armpits.
  • Inhalation seems to be suspended, but it continues expanding itself; in the expansion, new air will come in, organically aligning the superior thoracic cage


Coming out: Gradually, open your eyes and put your hands on your torso. No quick movements after Pranayama. Wait until the body reacts. The mind may go much quicker than the needs of your body. Bend your knees, one by one, turn to your right ( pregnant women turn to the left side).

Fetal posture: Remain in this position, let your back re-balance itself. Deep breaths with your belly.

Press to seat: The upper hand touches the floor and helps you to go up, always looking down to the floor, avoiding the congestion of the blood pressure. We treat Pranayama almost as if it was an inverted posture ( Uttanasana or Sirsasana). In this way we avoid getting up and possibly feeling dizzy. We allow the spine to move upwards into its position avoiding unnecessary pressure.

Side effects: For those students who come to practice Pranayama and feel sleepy, we give them time to come back to the alert state. Face down, chest facing down and the brain remains calm during the whole process avoiding pressure on the eyes, ears and maintaining the softness the whole time.

The stress of learning to relax: There is a process of attention in Pranayama which may cause a type of “stress” because of the wish to acquire a technique and the“interior struggle”resisting to enter in a state of tamasic sleepiness (inert). Delicate softness and attention go together in order to find that fine line of soft presence is needed.

Pay attention to these special details When you transmit Pranayama. We want to maintain this ambience of organic softness, which assures the nervous system is kept with the same quality of calmness acquired during the practice of Pranayama.

Leveling in pranayama sitting
Sit like a mountain. Create a good base on the foundations of the posture, to feel our natural elongation of the spine, create space inside the rib cage, separating the bottom of the thorax, with the use of the diaphragm descending in the phase of inhalation. Soften the abdominal ceiling in the relaxation and exhalation phase of the diaphragm.

Full or yogic breathing, technique and practice, from the sitting posture. Inhalation emerges from the lateral ribs and helps the rib cage to rise, thus creating an organic alignment from the breath. Exhalation, the breath descends from the thoracic center through the sternum forming the shape of a heart.

Percolating the vital force of Prana. Refers to the slow passage of fluids through porous materials by filtering the energy of prana in the organic body, the power of breathing is assimilated into the organs, oxygenation nourishes the brain on alert, and strengthens the nervous system. It is a work that resembles the water of the sea when it reaches the shore and it filters softly through the sand.

Verbalising the full yogic breath Organic and sensitive body Passive tongue,..Ear cavities, eye cavities, temporal cavities, softened jaws. Surrender the breath to the posterior torso and from there how to touch the torso, how to broaden the entrance to the floating ribs.

A) Inhalation Inhalation from the back of the thorax, using the diaphragm. Broaden 1) from your posterior ribs elevating, till the back of the side ribs, 2) broaden the thoracic side ribs 3) rise from the lateral side like an accordion to fill the upper torso (3 thoracic calibrators). Inbreathe expand the clavicle.

B) Exhalation    Attention is on exhalation. It descends from the lateral abdominal to the floor. See how this affects the organic body and frees from the diaphragm softening up to the palate.

C) Relaxation Let go of all responsibility, now it is time for letting go of the ego, un-doing and abandoning completely. Be peaceful! The brain must not get hot. Soften the skin surface, surrender. Soften the muscular fibre, the skin fibre.

Study guide
Summary on the breath
: 3 levels marked as individual own work. Breath soft, delicate.

  • Complete inhalation Elevation of the rib cage, with Ujayi breathing.
  • Natural exhalation, arises by itself. Delivery of the abdominal area, gentle massage with exhalation.
  • Relaxation, If you feel numb, do not feel nervous @ Shavasana; 3 to 5 minutes in silence.

Self Quiz: Describe 3 differences between pranayama in a seated asana and pranayama in Savasana? Write 3 things would you keep the same? Eg Tone of voice.