Get Your Ujjayi On

Friday, January 5, 2018

Ujjayi Pranayama Sanskrit translation:                                                                 Ujjayi: Victory over                                                                                               Pranayama:  Prana – life force, breath; Yama – control, restraint, regulation

Yoga breathing involves powerful diaphragmatic activity and is meant to uplift you.  Coordinated yoga breath, one in which inhalation and exhalation are both done through the nose, is called ujjayi. Ujjayi breath, also called “the ocean breath” or “victorious breath,” actually makes a sound that you can hear. The sound is similiar to ocean waves flowing in and out. The “ocean sound” is created when the glottis (the opening between your vocal folds) moves as air passes in and out. The length and speed of the breath is controlled by the diaphragm and the inhalations and exhalations should be equal in duration. This control is the purpose of ujjayi and should help to sooth the entire nervous system. Ujjayi breath should be practiced during physical asana, during meditation, or whenever you need to produce a calming effect for your mind/body.

Ujjayi Pranayama can help to relieve headaches and sinus pressure by clearing the lungs and nasal passages. In addition, it improves circulation by flexing your diaphragm and pushing oxygen throughout your belly and body. In fact, a clinical study from the Department of Neurophysiology at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in Bangalore, India found Ujjayi Pranayama can increase your oxygen consumption during practice by about 50 percent and has proven to be an effective remedy against diseases of the respiratory system.

Quick Tip:  Both inhalation and exhalation should be done through the nostrils only. Keep a closed mouth. The inhalation should fill the back of the nasal cavity, as well as the throat. During exhalation, imagine you are saying the word “ha” without the “a,” and feel the breath rubbing against your frontal sinuses as it leaves the body. You should feel a slight friction and release.

 


Recent Posts

  • Spicy Avocado Snack Recipe
    "This fresh, fast, and easy snack is heart-healthy and delicious. I have tried lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, Meyer lemon, key limes and Satsuma juices and I like …
    Read more »
  • Mudras for the Mind, Body, and Spirit
    Hand yoga or Mudras are used to heal and relieve physical complaints, as well as our minds. Using visualizations, intentions, and affirmations mudras ultimately help us with our emotional responses …
    Read more »
  • Would You Benefit from Probiotics?
    Ever wonder if you should be taking a probiotic? Or do you take probiotics – either added to food or as a supplement – and sometimes wonder if you would …
    Read more »
  • Some Like It Hot!
    Traditional Hot Yoga is comprised of 26 postures to a set sequence. Grow your practice with long static holds of each posture, and detoxify your body in a 105 degree …
    Read more »


All Posts »

Wheaton

120 E. Liberty Drive, Wheaton, IL
630-580-9222

Elmhurst

135 N. Addison Avenue, Elmhurst, IL
630-433-2413