Ujjayi pranayam is also known as the Ocean’s breathe. It is also known as the hissing Breathe or the Victorious Breathe. This is usually practiced along with the various yogic postures or poses. This is used in synchronous with various yoga poses since in this rhythmic breathing is taken in and out.
One can practice this pranayam as follows:
- One begins by inhaling and exhaling deeply through the mouth.
- On the exhales, begin to tone the back of your throat, slightly constricting the passage of air.
- Once you are comfortable with the exhalation begin to apply the same toning of the throat to the inhales too. This is where the name of the breath comes from: it sounds like the ocean.
- When you are able to control the throat on both inhalation and exhalation, close the mouth and begin breathing through the nose. Continue applying the same toning to the throat that you did when the mouth was open. The breath will still make a loud noise coming in and out of the nose. This is Ujjayi breath.
- Now begin to use this breath during your practice. I.e. one can practice this pranayam when performing various postures or asanas.
The benefits of this pranayam are:
- Helps in concentrate and direct your breathe giving the asana you are practicing the right power and focus.
- Raises heat in the body.
- Calms the mind and relaxing it down.
- Lowers blood pressure and decreases heart rate.
- Very effective in pain reduction, insomnia, and migraines.
- Provides the internal purification of the whole body and various organ systems.
- Energizes you along with giving you and conditioning.
- Very beneficial in lung or respiratory diseases as asthma and tuberculosis.
- Improve your digestive capacity.
- Soothes and tones the nervous system.
- Enables to regulate the prana into the body.
- Helps in the reduction of phlegm, relieves pain in chest, and clears out throat.
- Also beneficial for individuals suffering from nausea, dullness and fatigue.
- Stimulates circulation and metabolism.
Precautionary measures that are a must in this pranayam are:
- While doing this pranayam one must be sure that your throat should not be tightened.
- If feeling dizzy, or light headed one should stop for a while and have some rest.
- The breathe ratio of inhalation and exhalation must be in ratio of 1: 2.
- You should not bulge out your abdomen.