~Drgha~

Drgha, sometimes spelled dirgha, is a Sanskrit word that means “long,” particularly in regard to space or time. For example, drgha-kala means doing something for a long time. In his Yoga Sutras, Patanjali refers to the practice of yoga as being dirgha, as well as without interruption and with devotion.

Drgha is also a term used in relation to a form of pranayama, or yogic breathing exercise. It is called drgha swasam pranayama or simply drgha (or dirgha) pranayama. In English, it is referred to as three-part breathing or the complete breath.

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