Ujjayi breath is achieved by breathing in and out through the nose while constricting the glottis at the back of the throat. Here's how to do it:
Sit on a block and place one hand a few inches from your mouth. Breathe in through the nose and then breathe out through the mouth as if you were fogging a mirror or a pane of glass. Repeat this three times. Now drop the hand and create the same experience in your breathing but with the mouth closed. This breath supports the quieting of the mind, creating a sense of calm and a centering of the body and focus. Inhale for six counts and pause at the top of the breath, then exhale for six counts and pause. Repeat and keep breathing this way, in and out of the nose with sound on both the inhale and on the exhale for 5-10 minutes.
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