That Funny Breathing Sound In Yoga & Why You Should Care
by Landon Slaughter - Certified Yoga Instructor | Oct. 3, 2020 | Hidden Blog
It may sound like you're just exaggerating your breath, but there's a lot more to this ancient yogic breathing technique than that...
In fact... there are many health benefits you could be missing out on!
Let's examine the yoga Victorious Breath (Ujjayi Breath)
What The Heck Is Ujjayi?
Pronounced, "oo-jai-ee" this is the main type of breathing you do during your standard yoga class.
It's intended to keep you focused and grounded during your yoga practice.
I've hand selected the following video from the Yoga Success Roadmap to help us understand this posture. This detailed explanation may be a turning point for how much you get out of every yoga session.
In this video you'll learn:
- How to find more focus and minimize mental distractions while doing yoga.
- Invite a bigger sense of calm and relaxation into your yoga practice.
- A step-by-step guide on how to properly perform this ancient yoga breathing technique.
So What Are The Benefits?
As stated in the above video... Here's a short list of all the things that this breathing technique can help with.
Ujjayi (Victorious Breath) helps you to:
- Clear your mind
- Alleviate headaches
- Fall asleep faster and sleep deeper
- Boost your overall memory
- Lessen anxiety
Granted, results will vary from person to person...
However, there is something important about focused breathing in yoga, and we often fail to make this important connection...
How Do You Get "More" Out Of Yoga?
Here's what many yoga teachers fail to mention...
The LONGER you can stay focused on your breathing throughout a yoga class, the better you are going to FEEL afterwards.
It's a simple concept, but actually hard to execute.
In the first 10 minutes of class - it's pretty easy! After all, this is when teachers encourage you to "connect with your breath."
But it's really everything AFTER that first 10 minutes that counts the most...
If you can keep with your deep, slow, and controlled Victorious Breath for a full 30 minutes or even an hour then you're going to feel amazing after each yoga session you do... THIS is how get "more" out of each time you step on the mat.
The challenge becomes, actually getting to that point...
In this step-by-step guide we'll spend a full week just on mastering your breathing in yoga. We explore all the things beginners should be taught in their first few weeks, but rarely are...