Win throughout the day using the power and immediate benefits of the victorious breath!
While useful on its own, Ujjayi, the victorious breath, is largely practiced while performing yoga postures. For good reason too! It supercharges your practice by increasing oxygenation, making you calmer and more alert, cleansing your lungs, stimulating your digestive organs, and regulating internal body heat. Mastering the ujjayi breath is a very useful skill for those who are preparing for the cooler months.
Extend your breath as you inhale, visualise the breath moving to the base of the spine. Visualisation is helpful for those less experienced. Lengthen the exhalation also. As you breathe out, draw the navel back toward the spinal column.
This will encourage the organs in the abdominal cavity to move up toward the chest cavity. This movement will liven up any sluggish organ, and tune up the digestive system.
At the end of the exhalation, relax the belly and start the next inhalation.
Continue with Ujjayi breath; narrow the air passage at the back of the throat. As you perform the extended breath, you will feel a rubbing sensation and hear a slight raspy sound coming from the narrowed air passage at the back of the throat. To assist practitioners in understanding the sound of this breath, when done correctly, Ujjayi has also been named the ocean breath, and the cobra breath.
Work on the technique intelligently. Forcing is only going to slow down your progress and leave you with a sore throat.
The strength and application of the ujjayi breath can be increased when practicing challenging yoga poses, and relaxed for easier poses. A beautiful meditation technique is to count 5 natural breaths followed by 5 Ujjayi breaths, and repeat. It is worth a try even if it is only for a few minutes!
Once you’ve got the hang of it, it would be foolish to limit this breathing technique just to the yoga mat; you can make use of it throughout the day and master the skill for self-effectiveness.
If this technique brings to mind anyone in your circle of friends, family or colleagues who may be interested in developing their personal effectiveness, I would be honoured if you shared it with them. Thank you!
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