Ujjayi Breath


  • Increases the amount of oxygen in the blood
  • Builds internal body heat
  • Relieves tension
  • Encourages free flow of prana
  • Regulates blood pressure
  • Builds energy
  • Detoxifies mind and body
  • Increases feelings of presence, self-awareness, and meditative qualities

When to practice:

  • When you’re agitated
  • When you’re practicing yoga
  • When exercising
  • When you’re nervous

When to avoid:

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How to perform:

  • Seal your lips and start to breath in and out through your nose.
  • Your tongue will gently press against the roof of your mouth.
  • Take an inhalation through your nose that is slightly deeper than normal. Exhale slowly through your nose while constricting the muscles in the back of your throat.
  • Eventually, with practice, there will be an audible sound that resembles the sound of an ocean, or Darth Vader! A good way to practice the sound is by opening up your mouth and pretending that you are fogging up a window. Once you’ve got that down, then close your lips and practice making the same sound.