Ujjayi Pranayama derives its name from the Sanskrit word “Ujjayi,” which means to to conquer. Used by the ancient yogis of India.The pranayama is also sometimes referred to as ocean breath or hissing breath.In this breathing exercise, the process of Inhalation (breath in) and exhalation (breathe out) are both done through the nostrils. During the process of Inhalation (breath in or Poorak) the “ocean-like sound” is formed by moving the glottis as air passes in and out.
How to Perform Ujjayi Pranayama?
Be seated in a comfortable position,relax and gently close your eyes
Practice deep sessions on inhalations and exhalations.
During exhalation dry to softly utter the sound “ahh” from your mouth.
Once you become comfortable with the exhalations, maintain a contraction at the back of your throat on inhalation
Once you get comfortable,use only the nose for breathing, keeping your mouth shut and maintaining a contract.
Concentrate on the sound of your breath, which should be audible by now. The inhalations should be able to fill your lungs to the fullest.
You can start this pranayama for 5 minutes in the beginning and increase the time period up to 15 minutes once you become familiar with the set up.
Benefits of Ujjayi Pranayama
Increases focus and concentration.
Brings warmth in the body
It diminishes distraction and helps the practitioner to become more self-aware of his surroundings so that he does not commit any grave mistakes.
Increase the blood circulation throughout the body.
Stimulates the overall body metabolism.
By practicing this pranayama regularly, you can bring about bring positive changes to your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.
helps the body to get rid of toxins and tensions that have accumulated over a period of time.
Diminish headaches and provide relief from sinus
Patient with high blood pressure and hypertension refrain from practicing this pranayama
If you feel dizzy, discontinue the process and start breathing normally.