If you have practised yoga before, you might have heard a yoga teacher say to use your ujjayi breath during the practise, and then all of a sudden your neighbour starts to breath so loudly. When you just start with yoga it is a funny breath, more experienced yogi’s do not practise without using this breathing techique.
What is the Ujjayi Breath?
Uijayi breath is a form of pranayama (breathing exercise) often translated as victorious breath.
B.K.S. Iyengar explains this in his book ‘light on pranayama’
‘The prefix ‘ud’ means upwards or expanding. It also conveys the sense of pre-eminence and power. ‘Jaya’ means conquest or succes, and, from another point of view restrain. In ujjayi the lungs are fully expanded, with the chest thrust out like that of a mighty conqueror.’