This invigorating practice translates to “victorious breath” and is often referred to as “ocean-sounding breath”. Try it yourself, and you’ll see why. 😉
In this method, you inhale and exhale through the nose with the lips gently sealed. Both the inhale and exhale are equal in length and, without a pause at the top or bottom of the breath, it can flow smoothly and seamlessly. There’s a slight constriction at the back of the throat, resulting in the sound of the sea. Or Darth Vader. Both work.
Benefits of Ujjayi Breathing:
More commonly known as “sun salutations”, this is a series of 12 postures – linked together and synchronised with the breath. Usually practised in the morning and at the beginning of a Yoga class to warm up and stretch the entire body, preparing it for longer-held or more challenging postures.
Benefits of Surya Namaskar:
This very important “breathwork practice” involves a conscious awareness of your breath – the life force that both energises you and relaxes you. Plus, a regulation of this breath in different ways depending on what you hope to gain.
For instance, methods like kapalabhati (skull-shining breath) give you a jolt of energy and are great in the morning. While more calming methods like anuloma viloma (alternate nostril breathing) balance out your Yin/Yang energies and are particularly good for the evening time, to help you relax and sleep well.
Benefits of Pranayama: