Ujjayi Breathing

About the Practice

Practice Benefits

Ujjayi breathing is the practice of breath control that can be energizing and relaxing . Ujjayi is known as the hissing breath, ocean breath, and mirror fogging breath. Ujjayi breathing teaches us how to lengthen our breath. The sound that is generated from Ujjayi breathing comes from the gentle constriction at the opening of the throat which creates some resistance to the flow of air. Breathing in an then breathing out against the resistance creates this calming sound of ocean waves rolling. The action of Ujjayi breathing naturally lengthens the breath. 


With your mouth closed inhale through your nose. imagine sipping in the breath through a straw. At the top of the inhale keep the gently constriction at the back of your throat. As you exhale, the breath should resemble a hissing sound as if you're trying to fog a mirror in front of you with your breath. After the exhale is complete inhale to begin again. Once we learn the action of the throat then we can begin controlling the breath by keeping your inhalations and exhalations equal in duration. A great place is start is inhale for a count of 5 then exhale for a count of 5. The more comfortable we get with our breath, the longer we can make the duration of our inhales and exhales overtime. Throughout the exercise try to maintain the length and smoothness of the breath as much as possible. 

This practice is commonly taught and practiced during yoga classes. It assists us to sync our breath with the movements during practice, keeps the breath even and steady, and can energize ourselves during intense classes.

Ujjayi breathing provides us all the benefits that come with breathing exercises. For more information on the benefits of breathing, check out the Breathing page under Classes.

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