The Ujjayi Breath
Ujjayi (oo-jai) means victorious. This is in reference to the upward movement of prana through the central channel, or Sushumna Nadi. It has also been referred to as “the oceanic breath” in relation to the wave like sound created from the breath.
Benefits of The Ujjayi Breath
- Cools and relaxes the mind.
- Pulls awareness inwards; giving an increased sense of presence.
- Builds internal body heat.
- Calms the nervous system.
- Enriches the blood with oxygen.
Imagining that the palm of your hand is a mirror, hold it in front of your face and breathe as though you were intent on fogging the mirror. To do so, you must exert a gentle tension at the base of the throat or glottis, creating resistance to the passage of air.
Maintaining this constriction at the base of the throat, close your mouth, with the tongue placed at the roof of your mouth just behind your teeth, breathe in and out through your nose. Your breathing should be smooth, unforced, and equal in length on both the inhalation and exhalation.