Increase Inner Calm With Ocean Breathing
Using the breath to conquer difficult emotions
Who controls your breath? You or your emotions? When I get frustrated, I notice my breath is shallow and short.
If I was feeling afraid, I’d notice my breath and find that it was short and shallow.
Along with the even tone of breath, the length of the breath is the same on the inhale as it is on the exhale. You complete a full in-breath within the same time as you complete your out-breath.If the inhale and exhale are not equal, shorten the longer breath to meet the shorter breath. You don’t want to feel out of breath or gasping at any point. There is absolutely NO RETENTION, it’s like a continuous sea of waves, no holding, totally fluid and seamless. Equanimous.
With an even tone and length of breath, the last refinement is to breathe fully, deeply and completely (air volume of breath). Within each cycle you spend the entire inhale filling up and entire exhale releasing breath – at no point do you hold the breath – seamless and smooth, try not let the breath run out.
The ‘Oceanic Breath’It may be beneficial to think about your ujjayi breath like rolling ocean waves. The breath is to be long, fluid, and smooth. Your inhales are full and robust. Expand the belly out as the diaphragm lowers, fill the lungs, and breathe the ribs wide. Visualize a beautiful blue ocean wave swelling and beginning to crest. Take note of the natural pause at the top of the inhale and savor this swift moment of stillness. When you begin to exhale and the diaphragm begins to rise imagine an ocean wave rising and rolling over itself, tumbling into the vast sea and gently settling back in to where it began. Allow these breaths and visualizations to cycle over and over until you no longer need to use your imagination and can fully focus on your ujjayi breath.
it is an audible breathe that is often compared to the sound of the ocean.
1. Improves concentration in the physical practice. It Links breath to movement and helps focus the mind and keeps your awareness on the present moment; becoming absorbed in Ujjayi allows the practitioner to remain in poses for longer periods of time
2. Instills endurance and builds energy that enhances a flowing practice by lending a meditative quality that maintains the rhythm of the class.
3. Stimulates Nadis (energy channels in the body) bringing mental clarity and focus. It diminishes distractions and allows the practitioner to remain self aware and grounded in the practice.
4. Ujjayi breath regulates heating of the body. The friction of the air passing through the lungs and throat generates internal body heat. It is similar to a massage for the internal organs; as the core becomes warm from the inside, the body becomes prepared for the asana practice. This heat makes stretching safer while the inner organs can be cleansed of any toxins that have accumulated.
5. A focused Ujjayi breath can release tension and tight areas of the body and encourages free flow of prana
6. Ujjayi balances the Cardio-respiratory System helping to carry oxygen to your muscles and organs and removing waste. It promotes diminished pain from headaches, relief of sinus pressure, decrease in phlegm, and strengthening of the nervous and digestive systems. Ujjayi Increases the amount of oxygen in the blood and regulates blood pressure.
7. Ujjayi tells us when we need to surrender into a resting posture, as the breath should remain as even and smooth in the postures as when we rest. It allows us to practice honesty in our practice, taking a step back to let go of our ego. When listened to, your breath can be your true teacher, guiding you in a myriad of ways. The ancient yogis realized the intimate connection between the breath and the mind.
8. Ujjayi allows us to practice full deep breaths during the challenges of a physical practice. Therefore, we can stay just as equanimous when faced with the challenges of our daily lives.
Ujjayi breath is a pragmatic teaching of equanimity, non-attachment, not being swayed by the pulls of our desire to feel good (Raga) and repulsion when we feel bad (Dvesha)
When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace – Anonymous
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