Ujjayi Breath and Ujjayi Pranayama are translated as “victorious breath.” Ujjayi breathing is also called “Ocean Sounding Breath.” Ujjayi Breathing is a mild form of Ujjayi Pranayama. The major difference between the two is that Ujjayi Breathing has no breath retention or pause (an example of this is Option 1 in your textbook “RESTORATIVE YOGA FOR LIFE”), whereas Ujjayi Pranayama has breath retention or a pause (an example of this is Option 2 in your textbook “RESTORATIVE YOGA FOR LIFE”). Ujjayi Pranayama is a vehicle for channeling your attention. This allows you to be able to focus on your inner core muscular engagement, your inner energy circuitry, and your mental intention.
The key aspects to remember, when practicing Ujjayi Pranayama, are to extend the breath fully, smoothly, and evenly, without straining yourself. You want to continually breathe through your nose while engaging subtle stability and lift in the deep inner core muscles. Lastly, you want to create a soft sound vibration in the throat (similar to snoring).
By practicing Ujjayi Pranayama correctly, this will help you to recognize and regulate your exertion levels during practice to keep a balanced and focused state of mind in your activity. Ujjayi can also be used for meditative purposes to ease tension. Its main benefits are that it reduces stress and calms the mind, while also strengthening the nervous system and supporting the immune system.
Below is a video on how to practice Ujjayi Breathing. Option 1 in your textbook “RESTORATIVE YOGA FOR LIFE” is demonstrated in this video.