Take time for a little breath – Ujjayi Pranayama

This breathing technique means to conquer and to be victorious. It is a great one to undertake during your yoga practice as it really aids you during more taxing asanas. Here is a step by step guide to practicing this breathing technique. May you be victorious!

1. Ujjayi is especially known for the soft hissing sound the breather makes by directing her inhales and exhales over the back of her throat.

2. Inhale through your nose, then exhale slowly through a wide-open mouth. Direct the out-going breath slowly across the back of your throat with a drawn-out HA sound. Repeat several times, then close your mouth. Now, as you both inhale and exhale through your nose, direct the breath again slowly across the back of your throat. Ideally, you should hear, a soft hissing sound.

3. This sound helps to slow the breath down, to focus awareness on the breath and prevent your mind “wandering,”, by continually monitoring and adjusting the evenness of the sound, the smooth flow of breath.

4. Start with 5 to 8 minutes of practice, gradually increase your time to 10 to 15 minutes. When finished return to normal breathing for a minute or two, then lie down in Shavasana (Corpse Pose) for a few minutes.


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