In Sanskrit, the complete breath is called dirga swasam pranayama. Practicing the complete breath in yoga is believed to balance the body's life force energy known as prana. In turn, balancing prana promotes physical, spiritual and mental health.
The complete breath is part of yogic breathing exercises called pranayama. Practicing pranayama is part of the Patanjali's Eight Limbs of Yoga as described in the Yoga Sutras.
Practicing the complete breath has
- Engages the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS)
- Strengthens the immune system
- Improves focus and concentration
- Relaxes body and mind
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Relieves insomnia
- Builds stamina
- Soothes the respiratory system