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Breathing exercises for beginners

There are three basic types of breathing 

Clavicular breathing (shallow), thoracic breathing (medium) and abdominal breathing (deep). The full yogic breathing combines all three types of breathing, beginning with a deep abdominal inhalation and drawing the breath upwards through the intercostal (chest) and clavicular (collar bone) areas

Learning the full yogic breathing step by step while lying in the corpse pose (Savasana) 

Always inhale and exhale through the nose 

Diaphragmatic breathing:

  • Inhale – abdomen expands outwards
  • Exhale – abdomen contracts

Then gradually breathe into the abdomen, continuing into your chest and up to your clavicles. The inhalation will expand the ribcage and lift the collar bones