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Abdominodiaphragmatic Breath with Tri-Diaphragmatic Action is the practice of equalizing the inhale and exhale and expanding your breath. The exercise is designed to promote calm and quiet focus as well as improving overall health.
This breath type is also called the “Power Breath” because you use it when you need core stability and strength to do a task beyond normal “at rest” activities. This would include things like lifting, strenuous yoga postures like triangle, boat or headstand, or doing household chores or work tasks that require trunk strength.
Three-part breath is taught sitting, or on a yoga couch, the participate will learn to breath into the belly, lower ribcage and the upper ribcage. Three-part breath is helpful in deepening your relaxation response, managing stress and pain levels, improving oxygenation, energy levels, brain health and overall wellbeing.
Four-part breath is a progression of Three-part breath which utilizes 2 count breath into the pelvis, belly, mid lobes of lungs and upper lungs resulting in an 8 count breath both on the inhale and exhale. The Four-part breath improves heart rate variability and optimizes the stress response for improved overall health.
Sandbag breath is practiced in a relaxed position using AD breath with hands, a book, or a 10# sandbag your belly. Sandbag breath is useful for evening out the inhalation and exhalation of ones breath as well as increasing quiet and calm in the body.
Victorious: Overcoming Breath
Beginning in a relaxed seated or supine position, using AD or TATD breath, release any tension in the jawline and vocal cord area. A “HA” sound during the exhale and then a similar “S” sound on the inhale, occurs by creating a slight restriction of the flow of air to the vocal cords. The intention of this breath is to strengthen the respiratory diaphragm and help clear air from the airways and throat.
Alternate Nostril Breath
Alternate nostril breath is a breathing technique in which the practitioner uses the thumb and the edge of the ring finger of the right hand to block alternating nostrils while light breath is moved in and out of the lungs. This breathing technique is designed to balance energy, improve parasympathetic activity and improve focus.
Bee breath is demonstrated beginning on exhalation and then using A-D, TATD and overcoming breath on the inhale. Exhalation follows with a vocalization which may sound like a buzzing bee. The benefits of Bee breath include improved vagal tone, induction of a relaxation response, pain relief and stress management. Reference in the MYT book is 4.8.
Femoral Version Screen (Craig Test)
This video demonstrates how to measure the trochanteric prominence angle and the transcondylar angle using both the goniometer and a digital inclinometer. This test helps determine the functional limits for ROM of yoga postures and sport performance. Reference in the MYT book is 4.9.