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

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we describe ways to encourage natural, effortless breathing.


Become proficient in the hallmarks and benefits of natural breathing and ways to promote conditions for an effortless breath.


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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