The most common type of breathing in yoga is the Warrior’s Breath, or Ujjayipranayama .

Ujjayi means “victorious,” and in this context it relates to becoming victorious over your mind.

The breath is controlled and steady. Breathe deeply in and out of your nose and focus on matching the length of your inhales to the length of your exhales.

Begin in Easy Pose Pose, then take a moment to observe your natural breath. Don’t try to change anything, just note what happens in your body. How does your chest rise and fall? Are your breaths quick? Deep or shallow?

Now gently close your mouth and slowly take a deep breath through your nose. As you breathe in, focus on allowing your chest to rise and your torso and belly area to expand. Hold this inhale, then slowly exhale through your nose. Count in your head how long it takes to inhale and how long it takes to exhale. Continue doing these slow deep breaths through your nose until the length of your inhale matches the length of your exhale.


After you get the hang of breathing in this controlled manner, you can start to form a slight constriction at the back of your throat as if you were trying to fog up a mirror. This will cause a gentle sound as you inhale and exhale. Don’t worry if this is inconsistent at first. It takes time and practice to become comfortable with the Ujjayi breath. Just continue to make observations about the breath and keep things slow and steady. To start, practice for 3 to 5 minutes. This is the breath that is used throughout asana practice to create a rhythm in our movements and calm the mind, even in the most challenging moments.

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