Photo illustration via Yoga Peach.
When you think about it, Ujjayi breath sounds a lot like Darth Vader. If you’re doing it right, that is :)
Ujjayi means victorious breath and there are a lot of reasons why we practice it in yoga.
Ujjayi calms the mind and body. The breath allows you to go deeper into your practice. It also increases lung vitality and respiratory efficiency. I think my favorite part about the ocean-sound breath is that it tends to inspire the yogis around you to meet their edge, to be present.
I think next time I teach, I want to wear these wild pants... simply as a way to inspire students to breathe deeper.
Leggings via Black Milk Clothing.
PS If you need some practice, check out this tutorial on Ujjayi breathing.