VICTORIOUS BREATH: UJJAYI PRANAYAMA
The quality of our breath expresses our inner feelings.
Prana is a Sanskrit world for breath or life force. It can be also understood as vital energy or spirit. Ayama means to extend. There are both psychic and spiritual benefits to breath control. The breath relates to our digestion, heart rate, sexual arousal and brain function. It is also helpful in removing heart and mind blockages. Ujjayi pranayama is a breathing technique that activates and heats up the throat and also has a calming effect that can help us to sleep better. It is practiced with Ashtanga, Hata Yoga or meditation. Ujjayi is a diaphragmatic breath, which first fills the lower belly, rises to the lower rib cage and moves into the upper chest and throat. Yoga believes that by consciously practicing breath control exercises, you can bring positive changes to your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.
UJJAYI PRANAYAMA TECHNIQUE:
- Inhale and exhale deeply through your mouth. Feel the air of your inhalations passing through your windpipe.
- On your exhalations, slightly contract the back of your throat, as you do when you whisper.
- Begin breathing only through your nose. Keep the same constriction in your throat as you did when your mouth was open. You will continue to hear the “ocean” sound as you breathe through your nose.
- Let your inhalations fill your lungs to their fullest expansion. Completely release the air during your exhalations.
- Concentrate on the sound of your breath, allow it to soothe your mind.