Your breath, your best friend forever, is with you in every moment of every day. Why not pay a little more attention to your buddy, and try “victorious breath”?
Anchor yourself to the present moment with this fundamental breath practice:
- Ujjayi breath is ‘breath with sound,’ or ‘victorious breath,’ and is created by lightly constricting the back of the throat, like you are drawing out the word “haaaa” or fogging up a window pane.
- To get started, inhale through the nose, and then exhale with the mouth open, fogging up your imaginary window pane.
- Gradually work towards closing the mouth while still creating the same throat shape and gentle sound, swirling the air around the back of the throat.
- Ujjayi Breath might sound like waves gently breaking and receding, and shouldn’t be forced or cause a sore throat.
- When practiced during your yoga postures, ujjayi breath connects the movement with breath, which is one way that the mind-body connection leaves us feeling whole after a practice.
- In addition, it allows us to keep the breath at the foreground as a means of stilling the mind.
- Ujjayi breath can be combined with other breath practices as a means of staying present.