During a Yoga class the instructor will often make reference to Ujjayi breath. Now for a beginner or someone attending a Yoga class purely for the physical benefits, this might sound quite strange.
The sanskrit word Ujjayi translated means ‘to become victorious’. It is a heating breath which warms the whole body. Within a Vinyasa yoga practice this style of pranayama is used to encourage a connection between breath and movement.
How to practice Ujjayi Breath:
Ujjayi breath is practiced by inhaling and exhaling through your nose while keeping the mouth closed. A soft hissing sound is created in the back of the throat. The main idea is to create a rhythmic tempo for your breath that can be maintained throughout the Yoga class.
Some of the benefits of Ujjayi breath :
– It improves concentration and focus
– Instills endurance that encourages a flowing practice by lending a meditative synchronicity that maintains a rhythm for the class.
– By focusing on your breath you stay in the present moment.
– The heat that is generated by Ujjayi breath makes stretching safer.
– The inner organs can be cleansed of toxins that may have accumulated.
– A focused Ujjayi breath can release tension and tight areas in the body.