Ujjayi Pranayama - SoulPrajna

Ujjayi Pranayama Definition

Ujjayi Pranayama is roughly translated in English as ocean breath or hissing breath.

Ujjayi in Sanskrit is referred to as “Victorious” or to “Conquer”.

Practioner Level

This is basic level pranayama which can be performed by anyone.

You need to limit the number of breaths to 5 maximum as a beginner.

Over a period of time, you can increase the number of breaths.

Ujjayi Pranayama Effects

Ujjayi Pranayama main focus is to keep the body warm and the mind cool.

16 Amazing Ujjayi Pranayama Benefits

Below are the scientific benefits of Ujjayi Pranayama.

  1. Ujjayi pranayama will help with kundalini awakening.
  2. focus power will drastically be increased with this pranayama.
  3. Practicing this pranayama will help you with physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.
  4. Ujjayi Pranayama will help the physical body to get rid of the toxins stored for a long time.
  5. Spiritual heat will be generated over a period of time.
  6. Ujjayi Pranayama can also help in releasing tension and anxiety.
  7. Positivity will be increased. You develop a positive attitude.
  8. Clears arteries blocks too.
  9. Controls the cholesterol.
  10. Ujjayi Pranayama will completely diminish the headaches and curing of the sinus problem.
  11. Overcome Thyroid problems.
  12. Concentration power will increase.
  13. The body becomes lustrous and healthy.
  14. Respiratory diseases will be cured over a period of time.
  15. Ujjayi Pranayama will increase blood circulation throughout the physical body.
  16. The most important advantage of this ujjayi pranayama is to increase the self-awareness.

Sitting Asanas for Ujjayi Pranayama

You can sit in any of the sitting asana such as Padmasana, Siddhasana, Vajrasana etc before doing Ujjayi Pranayama.

If you do not want to sit in any of the asanas mentioned above, you can sit in the most comfortable asana called sukhasana.

How to do Ujjayi Pranayama?

Here is a step by step procedure on how to do Ujjayi Pranayama.
  • Sit in a comfortable asana.
  • Relax your body by taking 2-4 deep inhalation and exhalation.
  • Inhale the breath slowly through your wind pipe (throat).
  • Slowly exhale the breath through your mouth, softly utter the sound "hhhaaa" sound while exhaling.
  • During inhalation ensure you closed your mouth and inhaling through your nose only.
  • Note that you should be contracting the back of your throat to make an ocean sound.
  • Initially begin with 2 minutes to 5 minutes and then gradually increase the time up to 15 minutes to 20 minutes.

Ujjayi Pranayama Video

Please do watch the below video for better clarity on the pranayama on how to perform it.

Follow-up Pranayama for Ujjayi Pranayama:

You can do any of the pranayamas mentioned below.

Do check out each of them to know in detail about the pranayamas.

Note of Caution

Please check the note of caution section before you begin your spiritual practices.


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