Effortless, Natural Breathing; Diaphragmatic or Belly Breathing; Dirga Pranayama or Three-Part Breath

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we explore naming conventions related to natural breathing and diaphragmatic or belly breathing, and describe ways to teach them.


Become proficient in the naming conventions related to natural breathing and diaphragmatic or belly breathing; characteristics and benefits of natural breathing; and ways to teach belly breathing, the three-part breath and effortless breathing.


Provide up to seven more names for Natural Breathing, or the expansion and contraction of the mid-body as the diaphragm moves. Describe some of the many benefits of natural breathing and simple breathing techniques. Since natural breathing is by definition effortless, explain why it needs to be taught. Describe the hallmarks of natural breathing and some simple ways to encourage natural, effortless breathing. Describe Belly Breathing and the Three-Part Breath. Provide a perspective on whether your visualization instruction to students should be to inhale up and exhale down, or to inhale down and exhale up.

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