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Yogis refer to the breath as prana. Pranayama in Sanskrit translates to breath regulation. The practice of pranayama works ‘to extend and grow the breath,’ according to Sarah Powers, author of ‘Understanding Yoga.’

One pranayama strategy is called Ujjayi breath. It’s perfect to utilize this breathing method during your flow yoga practice due to the fact that it slows your breath, soothes your nervous system and increases concentration.

Ujjayi Breathing

Step 1

Sit on the ground in a comfortable cross-legged posture with your shins crossed in front of you. Prop your butt up on a stack of a couple of blankets if your knees are higher than your hips. Raising your hips will certainly alleviate any stress on your lower back and make the sitting posture more relaxing.

Step 2

Breathe in and out of your nose 2 times. On your 3rd exhale, release your breath through your mouth and make a hissing noise, states Cyndi Lee in her book ‘Yoga Body, Buddha Mind.’ Feel how that action originates from the constricting of your throat. Inhale with your nose and exhale from your mouth, making that hissing sound 3 times.

Step 3

Inhale with your nose. Close your mouth and exhale with your nose, preserving that audible hissing noise. According to Mukunda Stiles, author of ‘Ayurvedic Yoga Treatment,’ keeping your mind ‘on the sound of the breath at the base of the throat’ is valuable.

Step 4

Practice this slim throat nose breathing for 3 to 5 minutes. Tune into how your breathing slows and discover if you feel soothed. There are physical, energetic and mental benefits that come when discovering yoga breathing, like strengthened circulation and balance, says Powers.

Step 5

Begin to make each inhale and exhale the same length, aiming for six seconds for each breath. Let this rhythm embeddeded in for one minute. Adjust any stretched breathing sounds as you pursue a smooth breathing pattern. As you learn more about your yoga breath, experiment with your inhale and exhale lengths to see which rhythm works best for your body.