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Yogic Breathing 101

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Main Benefits of Ujjayi Breathing

  • Calms the nerves, activating the parasympathetic nervous system.
  • Creates an audible focus, moves us away from a busy mind-field (chitta).
  • Can be used anytime – very effective before bedtime if insomnia is present.
  • Neutralizes the moment – allowing us to see and be in the present moment, responding wisely to life and not in a “reactive” mode.
  • Removes superficial tightness of the muscular system – allowing flexibility to enter.

Techniques of Ujjayi Level One

  • Breathe in and out through the nose
  • Breath should land in the diaphragm
  • Natural breath on the inhale
  • Extend the out breath by constricting the back fo the throat, creating a oceanic sound.
  • Use a pause between the inhale and the exhale – long as COMFORTABLY possible (as a yoga practice advances, these retentions can get very very long. This is where the ‘magic’ is).
  • The louder the exhale, the longer the out-breath and the deeper the effect.

(Note: The effects arrive once it becomes second nature (please be patient) This breath is done from the time we sit to just before relaxation pose. practice practice practice ANYwhere)