why control our breath?
Lack of exercise, stress and tension, can create physical and energetic blockages within our bodies. Pranayama breathing exercises draw in and free energy within us. With regular practice, you can energise, relax and heal your entire body. We breath in different ways when we are stressed, excited, nervous or tired. The great thing is, it works the other way too. By changing our breathing, we can calm or energise ourselves at will. Just being aware of our breath can alter our thoughts and emotions.
In my sessions we go through several breathing techniques. The most fundamental being Ujjayi Breath which is used throughout all Yoga classes.
Also known as ‘oceanic breath’ because of it’s sound like the waves on the shore, or ‘victorious breath’ because of it’s ability to tame the mind. Ujjayi breath will also warm the body, lower blood pressure and calm emotions.
Breathing through the nose with the mouth closed, the throat restricted to achieve a soft hissing sound. This sound keeps the mind focused. If the mind wanders the sound of the breath will help to bring you back from your distraction to a meditative practise. Moving with the inhale and exhale helps focus the mind further.
With your mouth open, try exhaling the sound “HAAAAH”— as if you’re trying to mist up a mirror. Close your mouth and attempt a similar sound, feeling the outflow of air through your nostrils. Once you have mastered this on the exhale, use the same method for the inhale.