Warrior’s Breath, also translated as “victorious breath, ” is a technique used to quiet the mind and purify the body. In this breath, you’ll constrict the throat to create an oceanic sound, making the breath more audible and easier to focus on during meditation and throughout your yoga practice. This Ujjayi breath energizes with its slight heating qualities and soothes with its hypnotic sound.
1 Begin in Easy Pose Pose or Hero’s Pose Pose with padding under your hips, and root down an lengthen your spine. Draw your shoulders back to lift and open your chest, and place your hands on your thighs or your belly.
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Close your eyes and tune in to the natural rhythm of your breath with your mouth closed, breathing in and out though your nose.
2 Now drop your chin down slightly to lengthen the back of your neck but lift your gaze slightly up. A you breathe in, close the back of your throat slightly so when you breathe out, you can hear the sound of your breath. If you have trouble hearing this sound, open your mouth and exhale as if you are trying to fog up a mirror. Now close your mouth and see if you can create the same sound again through your nose. This is the Ujjayi breath.
3 Once you’ve mastered the sound, tune in to the rhythm and try a 4-count breath, belly breathing for to 5 minutes. You can practice this breathing technique whenever you need to feel victorious over your nerves or emotions in order to keep calm and present.
4 You can also move right into your asana practice, coordinating your movement with your breath as you flow from one pose to the next. This breath is great to do right before meditation, helping to calm your mind in preparation.