The breath that without it, there is no life. The breath that is so natural and a part of our lives, we take it for granted. The breath is one of the most powerful healing tools in yoga and our lives!
Ujjayi Pranayama is the full yoga breath. It is the sound of the breath in the back of the throat. Prana is the vital life sustaining force; it is our aliveness and the aliveness that permeates and sustains the universe. Ujjai Prananyama, when practiced on a daily basis, soothes the mind and nervous system. It gives you a sense of peace and well-being. It calms and centers both the mind and the body.
This yogic practice is aerobic. It opens up tight breathing areas, which makes normal easy breathing more open and effective. It clears the stale air from your lungs and stimulates the immune system. The slow pace of the breath allows time for the body to absorb the oxygen into the cells. Ujjai Prananyama may heal life-threatening illnesses and helps free you from the fear of death. (Cancer cells have difficulty surviving in an aerobic environment!) It reduces anxiety and may heal asthma. It may strengthen any compromised immune system condition or auto-immune disorder.
One of my students, with high blood pressure, committed to doing the practice 20 minutes everyday, and within 3 months, she lowered her blood pressure by 10 points. My personal experience was around severe allergies I had in June. From January to June, I practiced the breath 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening, and in June, my allergies were non-existent. That was 4 years ago, and my allergies have not returned!
Give yourself the gift of a better quality of life! Practice Ujjai Pranayama!