Ujjayi or Victorious Breathing

Posted by admin on 30 Sep 06

UJJAYI = “What clears the throat and masters the chest area”

ujjayi breathingAccording to Patanjali, your breadth should be both dirga (long) and suksma (smooth).

Ujjayi breathing is done by gently constricting the opening of the throat to create some resistance to the passage of air.

Gently PULLING THE BREADTH IN (during inhalation) and gently PUSHING THE BREADTH OUT (during exhalation) creates a slight resistance and a well-modulated and soothing sound, similar to the sound of ocean waves rolling in and out.

When done properly, Ujjayi breathing should be both energizing and relaxing.

Ujjayi Technique

Ujjayi consists in drawing air in through both nostrils with the glottis held partially closed. This partial closure of the glottis produces a similar sound to sobbing, although it is continuous and unbroken.

The sound should have a low but uniform pitch and be pleasant to hear.

There should be no air friction in the nose, and hence no nasal sounds will be heard.

As soon as inhalation is completed, a prolonged full pause should begin without any jerking. Prolong the pause as long as possible, after which exhalation should commence smoothly and slowly.

When properly performed, exhalation proceeds slowly and steadily through the left nostril with the glottis partially closed as in inhalation. Exhalation should be complete.
The Benefits of Ujjayi Breathing

Ujjayi Breathing soothes the mind and nervous system and strengthens the abdomen. It is a useful tool that can be used in all aspects of your daily life. It helps you to reduce stress, develop mindfulness and appreciate the beauty of life in all its detail.

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[…] Ujjayi breathing is the breathing technique used in the practice of Ashtanga Yoga. Breathing in is synchronized with the movements, in such a way that each movement is accompanied by breath. […]

July 17th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

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