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.

After you watch this video, let us know what you think. Leave a comment to be entered to win a free DVD. If you leave a comment each day of the 13-day challenge, you will win a free pass to Yogapalooza 2010!

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Comment by Katheryn Harlan on April 13, 2010 at 3:52am
My sister asked me to do Ujjayi breathing w/ her before they started her chemotherapy for her stage 4 Hodgkins & stage 4 Non-Hodgkins. I now teach this breath technique to all of my breast cancer patients! thank you for giving me new wording!
Comment by Jess Woodbridge-O'Brien on April 12, 2010 at 9:36pm
I'll have to remember to do this daily for sure. I'm thinking I should try it when my kids get me all frazzled. (Well maybe in that case a shorter standing version of it.) I think it was the move from thinking to feeling part that made me think of this.
Comment by G Vajrini on April 12, 2010 at 8:59pm
thank you for this wonderful series. I LOVE ujjayi breath. I felt instantly blissy. My partner felt introspective and calm. looking forward to tomorrow!!! thanks yoga bear
Comment by C. Love on April 12, 2010 at 8:07pm
Excellent video. you can sit in easy pose or lie down for this. It's just as effective. Love the presentation.
Comment by Deborah Sica on April 12, 2010 at 6:03pm
Thanks for a great start to the challenge...this way a nice way to refocus at the end of a busy day....
Comment by Katheryn Harlan on April 12, 2010 at 5:51pm
Did the breathing sitting @ my computer after teaching a Core Power class. Loved the phrase" shifting from thinking to feeling". Have come back to that several times today. Thank you
Comment by Jenny Rohan on April 12, 2010 at 3:43pm
I love the focus on the natural breath. Not trying to take so many seconds to in hale or exhale. Just fully inhale and exhale to your capacity. Very nice!
Comment by Rachel Swetnam on April 12, 2010 at 3:20pm
That was lovely. I liked how it was slowly paced so it was easy to follow along at home...
Comment by Kalina "Kitten" McCreery on April 12, 2010 at 3:01pm
This was a fantastic way to start my day. I had a very rough weekend and I had no motivation to get out of bed today much less deal with all of the tasks facing me. This was a great way to center, purge the weekend and prepare to face my day.
Thank you!!
Comment by Regina Marie Delfino on April 12, 2010 at 2:14pm
What a beautifully made video! And the voice is very clear and calming.

I agree with Ellen though, I can't sit like that! Suggestions?

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