Ujjayi Pranayama is a kind of breathing exercise that breathe through your throat instead of through your nose. Ujjayi means imitating the oceanic sound or the sound of the waves. Ujjayi Pranayama techniques are very helpful to fight against the sleeping disorder which is known as insomnia.
Our nervous system consists of two main branches the central and the autonomic. The central nervous system is controlled through the conscious part of the brain whereas the autonomic nervous system is controlled by the sub-conscious part of the brain. Breathing is carried out almost automatically by the sub-conscious part of the brain. Ujjayi Pranayama controls the breath, which has an immediate effect on the sub-conscious
The technique of Ujjayi breathing is easy to learn. Ujjayi is breath with a throat sound accompanying it. To perform Ujjayi breathing, narrow your throat and inhale through your throat to make a hissing sound. Ujjiayi Pranayama, inhalation and exhalation should be practised by both the nostrils. This is similar to the sound made when you exhale noisily. Ujjayi pranayama can be done lying down:
Inhale deeply and long using Ujjayi breath as described above.
- Exhale deeply and long using Ujjayi breath
- Repeat 5 to 10 times as per your capacity
- When Ujjayi is done correctly you should be able to hear the sound.