Ujjayi pranayama is also called victorious breath or ocean breath. Both the inhalations and exhalations are performed through the nose. The breath is directed to the back of the throat while the muscles are constricted, causing a hissing sound like the sound of an ocean.
Ujjayi pranayama stretches and warms the breath before it enters into the lungs, thus helps in generating heat that is effective in getting rid of the toxins in the body.
I learnt the benefits of Ujjayi breathing in the course and used it during asana practice. Ujjayi improves concentration during the practice, allows me to remain in poses for longer periods of time.
I also find Ujjayi breathing useful when engaging in aerobic activities like climbing stairs, walking up slopes, etc. It slows down and regulates my heart rate.
The benefits of Ujjayi are not limited to the physical body. It has a soothing effect on the nervous system – the sound vibrations calm and focus the mind, letting us relax more. It is particularly beneficial for those suffering from stress, insomnia, and mental tension.
I have tried shifting into Ujjayi breathing when I feel stressed, and I noticed a prompt soothing effect. It helps me to stay calm and composed when tackling challenges of daily lives.
In my yoga practice, I learnt and feel the importance of applying breath control. It brings positive changes to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.