Feeling a lack of focus? It’s been incredibly windy here of late and somehow my mind likes
to emulate the wind on those sorts of days – thoughts sweeping through with force, one after another. Yoga practice is great practice for life and the Ujjayi Pranayama is a great practice for developing focus. The added sensory input you get from the sound of your breath helps to keep you more present than usual. The wave-like sound is soothing and you can really settle into doing this one thing. This gives a lasting effect so that when you try to do just one thing after your practice, its that much easier to do – no matter how windy it is outside or inside ;-). Try it with the instructions below….
AKA: Ocean-Sounding Breath / Victorious Breath/Darth Vader Breath
- Sit tall and start a base pranayama – Dirgha or Krama.
- Breath in and out deeply through the nose while gently constricting the back of your throat to create a “Darth Vader-like” sound.
**HINT – If you find it challenging to constrict the back of your throat, try this first with your mouth open, breathing as if you were trying to fog a mirror on both the inhale and the exhale. Notice the feeling, notice the sound. Now, close your mouth and breathe in the same way.
- Any irritation in the throat or sinuses.
- Any respiratory infection, especially if contagious.
- Increases the amount of oxygen in the blood.
- Builds internal body heat.
- Relieves tension.
- Helps regulate blood pressure.
- Helps yoga practitioner to maintain rhythm while they practice.
- Builds energy.
- Helps develop greater focus and self-awareness.
- Try making your breath quieter/louder to reflect your effort and state of mind.
- Use your Ujjayi Pranayama during your asana practice to cultivate a more meditative state as you move. This practice would be a great one to start with.