Ujjayi breathing is a technique used in Taoist and yoga practices. Sometimes also known as the ‘ocean breath’ because of its sonorous quality, it is done by breathing through the nose, passing air at the back of the throat, making a ‘rushing’ sound. Ujjayi breathing is calming and balancing. It increases oxygenation and builds internal heat. The breath allows the practitioner to build energy, maintain a rhythm, and clear toxins from the body. It helps to slow the breath down, to focus awareness of the breath and to keep the mind from being distracted.
I have used this technique when I was a nanny. When the kids are restless or hyper during nap times, I’ll focus on my breath. When you are anxious or agitated, the kids pick up on it. Calming yourself is the first step. They say ujjayi breath is similar to the breathing of a new born baby. Ujjayi breath works just like a ticking clock to simulate the sounds a baby hears in the womb. The ”rushing’ sound also works like white noise. Very soon the kids will take on the rhythm you set, taking longer breaths and calming themselves, and off they go to dreamland. Try it and let me know if it worked for you!
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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on August 27, 2013