Showing posts with label UJJAYI. Show all posts
Showing posts with label UJJAYI. Show all posts

Yoga Breath




    The diverse yoga asanas are the most obvious part of the Ashtanga Yoga method (postures). 


    The unseen content, which consists of three basic strategies, is more crucial. 


    • The postures are strung together to form a yoga mala or garland using these approaches. 
    • The body is employed as a mantra in the Vinyasa Yoga method, the postures are beads, and the three essential techniques are the thread that connects the beads to build a garland of yoga postures. 
    • The method is intended to be used as a kind of movement meditation, with the transitions between each position being just as significant as the postures themselves. 

    It is critical for a newbie to understand these three key skills right away. 

    Once you've mastered them, practicing will become nearly second nature. 

    It might be difficult to work without them. 


    Ujjayi pranayama, Mula Bandha, and Uddiyana Bandha are the three methods. 



    We'll start with the first of them. 

    "Victorious breath" or "victorious stretching of the breath" is what Ujjayi pranayama implies. 


    Pranayama is a phrase made up of two words: prana and ayama. 


    Ayama denotes stretching or expanding, while prana may have a variety of meanings. 

    It's commonly translated as "inner breath" or "life force," and it's an aspect of the body's delicate structure. 

    Nadis (energy pathways) and chakras are also parts of the subtle anatomy (energy centers). 

    However, prana is sometimes used to refer to the anatomical or outside breath. 

    In this sense, pranayama refers to the expansion of breath, or the practice of breathing in a quiet, tranquil, and steady manner. 



    Ujjayi pranayama is a method of stretching the breath and so extending the life energy; when the breath is tranquil, the mind is quiet as well. 


    It necessitates a small restriction of the glottis — the upper aperture of the larynx — by sealing it partly with the epiglottis. 

    The epiglottis is a flap on the back of the throat that closes when we drink and opens when we breathe. 

    We lengthen the breath and generate a mild hissing sound by partly shutting the epiglottis, which we listen to throughout the activity. 

    The sound seems to emanate from the middle of the chest rather than the neck. 

    Any humming that accompanies a sound like wind in the trees or waves on the sea should be eliminated, since this would cause pressure on the vocal chords. 

    Listening to your own breath has a number of consequences. 

    It's a pratyahara method first and foremost. 





    Pratyahara, or "withdrawing the senses from the outside world," or, more simply, "going within," is the fifth limb of yoga. 


    Listening to your own breath focuses your attention within and away from external noises. This is a tool for meditation

    Additionally, the sound of our breath may inform us practically everything we need to know about our postural attitude. 

    The breath may seem strained, laborious, short, aggressive, flat, shallow, or quick at times. 





    We begin to correct any negative or unhelpful attitudes by returning it to the ideal of a smooth, pleasant sound. 


    • Sit in a comfortable yet upright posture to perform Ujjayi. 
    • Start making the Ujjayi sound consistently, without pausing between breaths. 
    • Give the sound a consistent quality throughout the whole breath, inhaling and exhaling. 
    • Deepen and lengthen each breath. 
    • Inhale deeply and evenly into the rib cage. 
    • Breathe into the sides, front, back, and lastly the top lobes of the lungs at the same time. 
    • The internal intercostals (the muscles between the ribs) must relax on inhalation, enabling the rib cage to expand freely when we breathe, and the rib cage must have a moderate pulsing action. 


    Our society tends to concentrate only on abdominal breathing, which results in a slouching posture as well as rib cage stiffness. 


    • This is due to a lack of activity in the intercostal muscles, which inhibits the flow of blood and vital energy in the thorax, leading to coronary disease and cardiopulmonary insufficiency. 
    • The rectus abdominis muscle, sometimes known as "the abs," relaxes in this region, giving it a slouching appearance. 
    • Slouching softens the tummy and encourages abdominal breathing. 



    Furthermore, as the rectus abdominis relaxes, the pubic bone drops, causing an anterior (forward) tilt of the pelvis, resulting in a hyperlordotic low back, also known as a sway back. 


    • The origin of the erector spinae3, the main back extensor muscle, is thus lifted. 
    • The erector spinae loses its ability to elevate the chest when it is shortened. 
    • The chest collapses, resulting in a slouching look as well as a stiff, hard rib cage. 
    • This keeps the thoracic organs from being massaged when you're breathing. 
    • The heart and lungs' resistance to sickness is lowered by a lack of massage and activity. 
    • One of the greatest postural abnormalities is the compensatory pattern, which leads to a sway back, an anteriorly tilted pelvis, and a deflated chest. 



    The major reason is favoring abdominal respiration and the resultant abdominal weakness. 


    • We breathe using both the belly and the thorax in yoga. 
    • Active breathing helps to strengthen the intercostals. 
    • The air is actually forced out of the lungs until the respiratory rest volume, or the quantity of air remaining after a thorough exhalation, is all that is left. 
    • The goal is to increase vitality by breathing more deeply. 
    • This is accomplished not by breathing as much as possible, but by entirely exhaling first to make room for the incoming inhalation. 



    There are two major reasons why you would desire to increase your breath volume. 





    To begin with, boosting our inhalation increases the quantity of oxygen we get. 

    Second, we exhale more pollutants by increasing our exhalation. 



    These poisons are divided into numerous groups: 


    • Mental poisons – examples include thoughts of conflict with another person or collective conflict, such as a desire to go to war with another country for whatever cause. 

    Fear, rage, hate, jealousy, attachment to misery, and other emotional poisons • Physical toxins, which are metabolic waste products that aren't eliminated. 


    • Toxic substances found in the environment, such as lead, nicotine, carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and recreational drugs. 

    All of these poisons have a propensity to be kept and preserved in the body's "stale," "dead" places, such as around the joints or in adipose tissue, where there is only a little quantity of oxygen (fat). 

    Chronic illness may develop as a result of the building of these poisons, which causes a literal energetic death of some bodily parts before the whole organism dies. 

    In reality, the accumulation of toxins in particular tissues, as well as the concomitant loss of oxygen, is the leading cause of chronic illness. 


    We begin the initial steps toward restoring the body to its natural state of health by breathing deeply, expelling accumulated poisons, and inhaling oxygen. 

    There are a few more stages that must be completed. 



    The primary objective for practicing Ujjayi pranayama is to calm the mind, not for its physical advantages. 




    Why should the thinking be brought to a halt? 


    Yoga "Yoga is the stilling of the oscillations of the mind," says Sutra I.2. 

    "Only when the mind is still abides the seer in its true nature," says Sutra I.3. 


    A lake may be compared to the mind. 

    The surface of the lake is disturbed and ripples occur when thinking waves (vrtti) arise. 

    When you look into the water, all you see is a distorted version of yourself. 

    We witness this distortion all the time, and it's the reason we don't know who we really are. 

    This causes duhkha (suffering) and ignorance (avidya). 

    We may see who we really are after the thought waves have receded and the surface of the lake of the mind has gone calm for the first time. 



    Because the mind is entirely clear, we may reach identification with the thing to which it is oriented. 


    In yogic literature, the concept of stilling the mind's oscillations is referred to as mind arresting or mind control. 

    However, the phrase "mind control" is deceptive and regrettable. 

    Sages such as Ramana Maharshi harshly attacked it, claiming that to manage the mind, you need a second mind to control the first, and a third mind to govern the second. 

    Separate sections of your mind fighting for power over each other may lead to schizophrenia, in addition to endless regression. 

    It may progress to being a "control freak" in less severe circumstances, which makes for a miserable individual. 



    When ancient yogis understood that thinking (vrtti) and the movement of life energy (prana) occur simultaneously, they discovered a solution to this difficulty. 


    • "Both the mind and the breath are joined together like milk and water, and both of them are equal in their actions," according to the Hatha Yoga Pradipika
    • "Where the breath is, the mind starts its activities, and where the mind begins its activities, the prana begins its activities."  We now understand that the mind and the breath work in tandem. 


    Directly influencing the mind is considered tough, but it is much easier to do so via controlling the breath. 


    The practice of Ujjayi pranayama smooths the passage of prana by extending the breath. 

    • It's critical to just breathe via your nose. 
    • Heat and energy are wasted when we breathe through our mouths. 
    • It will also dehydrate us excessively. 


    If the mouth is kept open, demons will enter, according to Indian mythology. 

    • Demons are said to be envious of the merit that a yogi acquires. 
    • I'll leave it up to you to decide on this point of view. 


    Keep in mind the link between breath and movement: 

    every movement is born from a breath. 


    Instead of moving with and after the breath, the breath should be the one who initiates movement. 

    We shall be affected by the breath like the fall wind picks up leaves if we practice this manner.



    Kiran Atma




    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS




    What are the many styles of yoga breathing? 



    Some of the most common kinds of yoga breath to be aware of:


    1. Ujjayi or Ocean's Breath.
    2. Shitali pranayama or chilling breath. 
    3. Sitkari pranayama or hissing breath.
    4. Brahmari or humming breath. 
    5. Bhastrika or bellows breath.
    6. Surya Bhedana or sun breath. 



     

    What is Three-Part-Breath and how does it work? 


    Three-Part Breath – helps you to breathe fully and totally, and is generally the first breathing method taught to beginning yoga practitioners. The abdomen, diaphragm, and chest are the "three parts." You first totally fill your lungs and chest during Three-Part Breath. 



    Is yoga breathing beneficial to your health? 


    Controlled breathing, such as the one you just did, has been proved to lower stress, improve alertness, and strengthen your immune system. Yogis have utilized breath control, or pranayama, for ages to increase focus and vigor. 



    In yoga, how do you practice breathing? 


    As you walk at a moderate speed, practice taking long, slow, and deep breathes in and out through your nose. As you walk, try to lengthen your inhalations and exhalations. Count your steps with each complete intake and exhalation. For each inhale and exhale, aim for 10 steps or more. 



    What is the definition of complete yogic breathing? 


    As previously indicated, the whole yogic breath entails inhaling into three separate sections of your lungs. It is thus beneficial to practice the three steps separately before putting them together to perform the entire yogic breath. Inhalation and expiration are done via the nose with your mouth closed at all times. 



    What is Hatha yoga breathing and how does it work? 


    Ujjayi breathing, which roughly translates as "victory" breathing, is the kind of breathing that is often performed in most hatha yoga programs. This is not to mean that the breath should be violent in nature, but rather that it should have a consistency, resonance, and depth to it. 



    Is diaphragmatic breathing beneficial to your health? 


    It aids relaxation by reducing the negative effects of the stress hormone cortisol on the body. It brings down your heart rate. It aids in the reduction of blood pressure. It aids in the management of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms (PTSD). 



    When it comes to yoga breathing, which stage prepares the body for meditation? 


    Yoga's essential component is pranayama, or breath control. Yoga postures and meditation are commonly used in its practice. Pranayama's objective is to enhance the link between your body and mind. According to studies, pranayama might help people relax and be more focused.



    Pranayama - Ujjayi - Energizing Breath - Intermediate Version



    TIME: 10 MINUTES 

    BENEFITS: ENERGY, MENTAL CLEARNESS, BETTER FOCUS, BETTER CIRCULARITY 


    By including kumbhaka, or breath holding, following your inhalation, this form of Ujjayi provides a brahman, or revitalizing impact. 

    • This is a wonderful method to do first thing in the morning or whenever you need a little more energy. 


    1. Set a 10-minute timer for yourself. 

    2. Close your eyes and relax your body in a comfortable sitting position with your spine upright. 

    3. Use Gyan Mudra if you want to amp up the energetic impact. 

    4. Bring your attention to the back of your throat and the feeling of your breath. 

    5. As you inhale and exhale, gently constrict the glottis (back of the throat) to produce a quiet hissing or ocean-like sound. It sounds like a faint snoring most of the time. 

    6. With the music, take long, slow, deep breaths in and out. Inhale for a count of six and expel for a count of six for five rounds, keeping the breath audible. 

    7. A count of breath is about one second, or the time it takes to recite " m." For a count of six, inhale loudly. While doing Jalandhara Bandha, keep your breath in by tightening your chin into your throat for three counts. 

    8. Exhale for a count of six, then quickly go onto the next inhale without holding your breath out. 

    9. Repeat steps 6–8 for a total of 5 minutes. 

    10. Let go of the method and pay attention to how it affects your body and mind. Allow your eyes to open slowly. 

    11. Keep a journal of your experience, recording any strange feelings, progress, or obstacles. 


    TIPS: If you're having trouble engaging Jalandhara Bandha, practice it beforehand to develop muscle memory. If holding your breath makes you feel uneasy, avoid today's exercise.


    You may also want to read more about Pranayama and Holistic Healing here.



    Pranayama Ujjayi - Calming Breath - Intermediate Version



    TIME: 10 MINUTES 

    BENEFITS: Calming, better focus, and better circulation 


    After expiration, kumbhaka, or holding of the breath, is added to this intermediate form of Calming Ujjayi Pranayama. 

    • This technique produces the langhana, or relaxing energy impact, making it your go-to technique on hectic days, in the evenings, or when you can't sleep. 


    1. Set a 10-minute timer for yourself. 

    2. Close your eyes and relax your body in a comfortable sitting position with your spine upright. 

    3. Use Chin Mudra if you want to increase the grounding effect. 

    4. Bring your attention to the back of your throat and the feeling of your breath. 

    5.As you inhale and exhale, gently constrict the glottis (back of the throat) to produce a quiet hissing or ocean-like sound. It sounds like a faint snoring most of the time. With the music, take long, slow, deep breaths in and out. 

    6.Inhale for a count of six and expel for a count of six for five rounds, keeping the breath audible. One second equals one count of breath, or the time it takes to recite " m." 

    7. Take a deep breath and count to six. Exhale for a count of six without keeping your air in. 

    8. Pull up Mula Bandha by squeezing the base of the body upward for three counts while holding your breath out. 

    9. Simplified: Inhale six times, exhale six times, and hold out for six seconds 

    10. Repeat steps 5–8 for a total of 5 minutes. 

    11. Let go of the method and pay attention to how it affects your body and mind. Allow your eyes to open slowly. 

    12. Keep a journal of your experience, recording any strange feelings, progress, or obstacles. 


    TIP: Throughout the exercise, keep your breath audible. When we're counting our breaths, it's easy to lose track of other aspects of the exercise. Maintain your focus.


    You may also want to read more about Pranayama and Holistic Healing here.



    Pranayama - Ujjayi - Balancing Breath - Intermediate Version



    TIME: 10 MINUTES 

    BENEFITS: Improved Balance, Mental Clarity, Focus, and Circulation 


    Kumbhaka, or breath retention, is added to this balanced version of Ujjayi. 

    • You'll next insert brief gaps between breaths as directed here once you've established an even breathing pattern. 
    • You begin to establish the circumstances for the mind to become quiet when you deliberately stop the breath. 


    1. Set a 10-minute timer for yourself. 

    2. Close your eyes and relax your body in a comfortable sitting position with your spine upright. 

    3. Pay attention to the feeling of breath at the back of your throat. 

    4. As you inhale and exhale, gently constrict the glottis, or back of the throat, to produce a quiet hissing or ocean-like sound. It sounds like a faint snoring most of the time. With the music, take long, slow, deep breaths in and out. 

    5. Inhale for a count of six and expel for a count of six for five rounds, keeping the breath audible. 

    6. A count of breath takes around a second, or about the time it takes to recite " m." For a count of six, inhale loudly. 

    7. While doing Jalandhara Bandha, keep your breath in by tightening your chin into your throat for three counts. 

    8. For a count of six, exhale loudly. 

    9. Pull up Mula Bandha by squeezing the base of the body upward for three counts while holding your breath out. 

    10. Repeat steps 6–9 for a total of 5 minutes. 

    11. Let go of the method and pay attention to how it affects your body and mind. Allow your eyes to open slowly. 

    12. Keep a journal of your experience, recording any strange feelings, progress, or obstacles. 


    TIPS: Holding your breath is not a race, and you should not try to hold it for as long as possible with this method. Stick to the set beat, even if it seems slight. If holding your breath in or out causes anxiety or discomfort, skip the holds today.


    You may also want to read more about Pranayama and Holistic Healing here.

    UJJAYI



    Place yourself in your normal Asana. Keep your mouth shut. Slowly inhale from both nostrils in a steady, even motion.

    Hold your breath for as long as you can safely do so, and gently exhale from your left nostril while covering your right nostril with your right thumb. When you inhale, expand your chest.

    Due to the partial closure of the glottis during inhalation, a strange sound is made. During inhalation, the sound should be soft and consistent in tone. It should also be constant.

    Both when walking or standing, this Kumbhaka may be practiced. Instead of exhaling from the left nostril, gently breathe out of both nostrils.

    The heat in the brain is removed as a result of this. The practitioner transforms into a stunning woman. The amount of gastric fire has been raised. It clears the mouth of phlegm. Asthma, consumption, and a variety of other respiratory illnesses will all be cured. Both conditions caused by a lack of oxygen inhalation, as well as heart diseases, are healed. 

    Ujjayi Pranayama is responsible for the completion of all tasks. Diseases of the phlegm, nerves, enlargement of the spleen, dyspepsia, dysentery, consumption, cough, or fever seldom affect the physician. Ujjayi is a technique for destroying decay and death.


    You may also want to read more about Pranayama and Holistic Healing here.