Ujjayi Breathing, by B.K.S. Iyengar

Last night I had difficulty falling asleep, so I tried several breathing techniques to calm my mind. I realized that I am using my computer and cell phone more often than usual. I have to be careful of digital overload and make sure I take breaks from technology.

The breathing technique that worked the best to calm my mind and body was Ujjayi Breathing or Pranayama. Here is a simplified version of Ujjayi breathing:

  1. Start to breathe in and out through your nose, naturally.
  2. Empty all the air in your lungs. Then take a slow, deep breath through both nostrils. The passage of the incoming air is felt on the roof of the palate and makes a sound (sa).
  3. Exhale slowly through both nostrils. The passage of the outgoing air is felt on the roof of the palate and makes a sound (ha).
  4. Repeat the cycles for five to ten minutes.
  5. Ujjayi breathing sounds like the ebb and flow of the ocean.

Namaste, world.

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