Umbrella Breath is highly effective in activating the diaphragm and deep belly breathing. Through this technique, students avoid less effective, shallow breathing at the chest. Effective breathing is a strong tool for getting into the zone for learning. Umbrella Birds Flight targets balance, requires focus and uses both leg and core strength to sustain the pose. It also strengthens and lengthens the spine. Umbrella Bird Chant allows students to practice spelling a longer word, stimulates and strengthens the vocal cords, gives students access to effective breathing, and empowers them by using their voice. Through repetition, chanting also brings them into focus, decreases external distraction and calms the central nervous systems. Chanting one's own name increases self-awareness and self-acceptance. This is a powerful practice!