Full Complete Breath technique

26 augusti 2020 | Av Ulrica Norberg

As babies we breathed full, complete breaths, then somewhere along the way we lost track of this breath. In the yin yoga practice the full complete breath is a marvelous tool that your attention travels on. Learn how you can find your way back to the full complete breath. 

How to practice this breathing technique 

When you inhale:

  • Notice the breath in the chest making the side ribs expand and the top corners of the chest lift up.
  • Feel the floating ribs in the back expand and press down toward the floor, giving you the sense that there is a tiny flotation cushion underneath your middle back.
  • Notice the belly expand slightly.

When you exhale:

  • Feel the movement begin just below the navel as the belly draws up and inward.
  • Feel the sides of your rib cage draw inward towards the center of the spine.
  • Let the shoulder blades softly slide downward on your back.
  • Allow the rib cage to settle back down to its starting position.
  • Continue feeling the subtle movements of a full, complete inhale and a full, complete exhale.

As we inhale, the diaphragm lowers in order for the lungs to expand. The muscles in between the ribs, called intercostals, expand and lift the ribcage, and the entire circumference of the abdomen expands. Then on an exhale, the abdomen relaxes, the belly draws in, and the diaphragm releases back up into the chest as a second set of intercostal muscles contracts and returns the rib cage to its starting position.

Observing the interaction of our rib cage and diaphragm, we are reminded of an umbrella. The “umbrella” opens on inhale and closes on exhale. Being conscious of full, complete breathing is our aim while we are practicing yoga.

Practice the full complete breath

30 min

Andas with

A basic breathing technique suitable for everyone that calms your breath and brings awareness to your body.

To be able to see the full video you need to be logged in as a paying member. New to Yogobe? Register for a 14 days free trial here! 

Deepen your knowledge of yoga & breathing

Online yoga for creating space & decrease stress

10 min

Meditera with

Shift gear and slow down with this short meditation.

45 min

Yoga with

Open your side body, tap into your fascia and notice how it’s all connected.

20 min

Yoga with

Embodied Yin: When you need something short and sweet for the heart.

30 min

Yoga with

Go inside for presence and to allow yourself to accept what you experience and feel, to be OK with what is. A lunar meditative yin class with Ulrica Norberg.

To watch a full video you need to be logged in as a paying Yogobe member. Haven't tried Yogobe before? Try it for free during 14 days – get started here!

Ulrica Norberg

Ulrica is one of Sweden's pioneers in yoga and has written several books and articles both in Sweden and abroad. Ulrica has also educated over 500 yoga teachers in Scandinavia.

Läs mer
Yogobe Nyhetsbrev
Vill du få inbjudningar, tips och inspiration direkt i din brevlåda online?

Läs vårt senaste nyhetsbrev