There are many forms of breathing techniques, or “pranayama”, in yoga. Some are very active and stimulating to the nervous system, while others are deeply relaxing and activate the parasympathetic nervous system (the part of our nervous systems that allows the body to relax).
“Ujjayi” means “victorious breath” and is a slow, deep pranayama. In this brief tutorial, I explain the technique and purpose for ujjayi breathing. This “ocean breathing” (because when you do it, it sounds like waves or like Darth Vader breathing haha!!) expands the lungs, pulling in fresh air and expelling stale air and stress. It calms the mind and can be very effective for processing grief. If any emotions arise when using ujjayi breath, just know it’s part of your release and healing process!