Yoga Challenge Day 1: Ujjayi Breath

Even just five minutes of Ujjayi Breath a day can be tremendously beneficial as we breath pure and energizing oxygen into our bodies, spreading the air deep into our lungs and selves. Practicing this at any time, in any place, is incredibly easy. Focusing on the quality of your breath brings you into the moment - there is nothing but the in and out of your lungs, breathing in all that is good and healing.

Breathing out and releasing any harmful thoughts, feelings and anything that is not serving you well. Living in the moment, and bringing quality of thought and attention to you and the people around you, is the purest celebration of life and living.

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Comment by Trish Martin on April 12, 2010 at 8:47am
You just gave me 5 minutes of bliss. Your guidance was spot on. Thank you.
Comment by Carol Mazur on April 12, 2010 at 8:41am
I would like to see modifications. The lotus position is difficult for some. I also like introducing this as a basic for all yoga poses that teach moderation and control
Comment by Diane Ferraro on April 12, 2010 at 6:58am
Beautiful way to center and calm. Thank you for kicking off the series with this great video!
Comment by Merrie on April 12, 2010 at 6:46am
a great way to start a week. calm, clean, and full of engery.
Comment by Sarah B on April 12, 2010 at 6:45am
Thanks this video. This is a good example of how to open a yoga class. Yoga postures don't mean much with out the breath.
Comment by Robin Belinsky on April 12, 2010 at 5:52am
Good beginning video! I always have trouble getting myself to sit still and breathe for more than a few seconds. Also, never had anyone tell me how to make noise like the ocean when I breathe, which I found pretty helpful!
Comment by Karin Tang on April 12, 2010 at 5:31am
Have been using Ujjayi breathing during my practice and it has always help to keep me energize.
Comment by Liz Lawler on April 12, 2010 at 5:13am
Ujjayi is so cleansing and heating, great way to start a practice!
Comment by lorraine on April 12, 2010 at 5:01am
Ujjayi is one of the most challenging of the pranayamas (breaths) for beginners to grasp, but a very calming and soothing practice once learned. I would like to hear a little more instruction in this video about how to achieve the sound. I liked the exercise of breathing into the heart, such an important connection!

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