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Ujjayi breathing

Updated on February 25, 2016

How does it help my Yoga Practice?

  • It Improves concentration.
  • Helps you to remain in poses for longer periods of time.
  • Improves your balance.
  • Enhancing your flowing practice.
  • Improves self awareness.
  • Feeling more grounded in your practice over time.

Ocean Breath

Another Word for Ujjayi breathing is "Ocean Breath" as practicing this breathing will naturally create a sound that allot of people would associate with the sound of the Ocean.

Get yourself comfortable

Start by practicing Ujjayi for five minutes while you are seated.

For deeper meditation, increase your time to 15 minutes.

Gradually begin to link your breath with your movement.

Lets START to bring it to Practice

  • Starting in a comfortable seated position, whether that is sitting crossed legged or straightening your legs out in-front. Even if it is best for you starting of with sitting on a chair is good progress for your practice.
  • Getting nice and comfortable, starting with opening your mouth, inhaling and exhaling deeply through your mouth.
  • Slightly constricting the back of your throat, keeping your mouth open. (you're constricting your throat as if you're fogging up a window with your breath)
  • Staying with this breathing (slowly getting used to it).
  • Gently Close your mouth, Continuing the same breathing, But this time inhaling and exhaling through your nose.
  • With your inhalation Filling your lungs to your Fullest expansion.
  • With your exhalations completely releasing the air.

Further Practice

As you begin to practice yoga postures (asanas).

Inhale with Ujjayi as you expand and extend, following by exhaling with Ujjayi as you contract and fold forward.

Yoga is not about touching your toes, it is what you learn on the way down.

— Jigar Gor

Namaste, and most importantly enjoy your Yoga journey!


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    • Sandra Dickinson profile image

      Sandra Dickinson 18 months ago from Uk

      Wonderful Description! Im going to get started on it straight away!

      thank you for these handy tips! xxx