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Ujjāyī breath, an ancient breathing technique

Ujjāyī Breathing – The victorious breath

“…take a few smooth breaths in ujjāyī, and the mind feels calmer; the effect is very direct. New students can be surprised when they first discover ujjāyī. Taking long, smooth, regulated breaths they often immediately experience a lighter, more spacious feeling.” Ranju Roy and Dave Charlton; Embodying the Yoga Sūtra.

 

Ujjāyī breathing is one of the defining characteristics of yoga, and within my approach as a practitioner and teacher. It is an ancient breathing practice known as the ‘Victorious’ breath. In the West it has adopted names such as the ‘Ocean sounding breath’ or the ‘whispering breath’ because of it’s wave-like, sighing sound and soothing quality.

 

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Breath awareness – a step by step guide to body, breath and mind connection

Breathing

“Breathing is the essence of yoga.” Vanda Scaravelli

 

Cultivating breath awareness is key for developing stillness and peace of mind. It’s simple really, all we need to do is pay attention to the experience of breathing in, and pay attention to the experience of breathing out. And yet for most of us this is the hardest part; being still and attentive to the breath in each given moment. Perhaps the thing we struggle with most in life is stillness? Is it easier for us to be constantly moving, in body and in our thoughts? The answer is most likely yes, because at our stillest moments we are usually watching television, reading a book or engaging in some kind of activity or interaction, or we are asleep.

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All you have to do is relax…

“The technique is simple. Keep it simple. All you have to do is relax, everywhere – and then be aware of how you feel. Relax and feel. That’s it, in brief. Relax every physical and mental tension, temporarily let go of everything you don’t need and then simply pay attention and see what happens. “

Erich Schiffmann; Moving into Stillness. 

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Top 10 poses for beginners

Yoga – To Yoke, unite… to become whole.
Body – breath – mind.

The yoga postures and ideas in this article are presented to you as a form of moving meditation.

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Practice from home

A gift for you…

As a thank you for your support over the years I’m sharing with you my first free yoga video! For those of you are curious about fitting in some home practice but aren’t sure where to start then perhaps this will spark your enthusiasm for you to find some space in your day to explore your movement and breath more intimately.READ MORE