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 Deborah Freeman on April 22, 2010 at 4:48pm
this breath gets me through so many moments in my life...its open and spacious like the ocean and carries me to a good place when needed
Comment by Aracely Cueva on April 17, 2010 at 5:36pm
I agree with Janet, Ujjayi breathing helped me manage surgery procedures, pain, side effects from chemotherapy and chronic fatigue. The ocean like sound of ujjayi breathing helps me relax when I have trouble falling asleep and it also helps me achieve challenging and intense yoga poses.
Comment by Janet Glassford on April 17, 2010 at 11:42am
This breathing process helped me through surgery procedures and radiation.
Comment by Elizaabeth McKinley on April 16, 2010 at 10:23am
for so many of us, taking even a small amount of time out for breathing and feeling what our bodies are telling us is hard and yet, so revitalizing and helps me feel resilient!
Comment by Denise Hopkins on April 13, 2010 at 11:06am
Thank you all for your lovely comments and support for the video. If you are not able to sit in a cross leg position, you can instead sit with your legs straight out, sit in a chair, or lay on your back. If your hips are really tight, try sitting up on the edge of a blanket or on a yoga block. Enjoy!
Denise (Instructor from video)
Comment by jes on April 13, 2010 at 8:44am
Oops I had to run to yoga and forgot to come back and add my comment yesterday. Very relaxing pace and voice. I couldn’t get into that crossed leg position much less sit in it comfortably. Does the video go over alternative leg positions or sitting on blankets?
Comment by mara cary on April 13, 2010 at 8:30am
My heart is warmed and calmed by "giving it the oxygen and love it needs. Thank you.
Comment by joy daunis on April 13, 2010 at 7:56am
This was a wonderful reminder to breathe throughout my day. I started my morning with this practice and again in the mid afternoon when simple daily intrusions began to tense my body. A shortened version relaxed me immediately. Thank you.
Comment by Veronica Rottman on April 13, 2010 at 7:54am
I find that using the ujjayi breath is the best way to maintain an even inhale and exhale. Its important to pay attention to the transitions between each breath as well, making sure that those are equal too.
Comment by Janice Rohwedder on April 13, 2010 at 7:31am
Very helpful and peaceful. Have not had much experience with Yoga. This is very informational and useful. Thank-you.

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