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Ujjayee Pranayama Position

Ujjayee in Sanskrit means victorious. Ujjayee can be performed in a standing position as well as in a lying position.

How to do :

Standing Position

  • Stand straight with both your heels together and hands hanging on both sides loosely. Make an angle of 45 degree with the toes. i.e each toes should be separated to make an angular shape like “V”. Your body weight must be evenly on both heels, so that your shoulders are also even. Look straight. Ujjayee requires plenty of fresh air. Face the incoming air, while performing Ujjayee.
  • Exhale with speed and force throwing all the air through mouth. The speed during exhalation is the same as when you whistle. When you finish exhaling your stomach should be completely pulled inside or contracted and all stale air should be squeezed out.
  • Inhale slowly and steadily through both nostrils. Take in only as much air as you can without strain. While inhaling and exhaling your body condition should remain at ease.
  • Retain air and stiffen the whole body gradually. Chest should come forward and stomach should be pulled inward. Slowly harden the muscles of the whole body starting from the legs. Retain only as long as you feel comfortable.
  • Exhale and let the body loosen slowly and gradually from the top area down to the feet. Should not let the body weight drop all at once. The loosening of the body should synchronize with exhaling.
  • Relax and breath normally for 8 seconds. Now you have completed one round of Ujjayee Pranayama.

Lying Position

This position is recommended for physically weak or disabled persons and those who feel dizziness in the standing position.

  1. Lie straight and relaxed on the floor with the palms close to the body. Heels should be together and look towards the ceiling.
  2. The performance is same as in the standing position. Exhale, inhale, retain and exhale in the same order. Stiffening and relaxing the body as same as in the standing position.

Restrictions

Start with 3 rounds and gradually increase to a maximum of 5 rounds in one session. There should be at least a gap of 8 hours between two sessions. Retain the breath only as long as you feel comfortable. It can be retained gradually for a longer period with practice.

Major Benefits

Ujjayee Pranayam helps in the internal purification, activation and energizing together with external control and conditioning of the body. Complete breath increases oxygen supply to the blood–hemoglobin levels. Also slows the heart rate. Calming effect on central nervous system. Its good for people suffering from cardiac disorders and hypertension. Helps to cleanse and nourish the physical body and for maintaining dynamic health.

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