The easiest way to know how you should be breathing for a yoga class is very simple: ask the teacher before class starts. Different styles of yoga engage different breathing techniques. One common one, and the kind we use at my studio and in the Baptiste Yoga methodology, is called Ujjayi breath. This can be translated as "Victorious Breath," and it’s achieved by breathing in and out through the nose while constricting the glottis at the back of the throat, creating an underwater breathing sound on both the inhalation and the exhalation. It is a powerful and heat-generating breath that brings clarity and focus to the entire practice.
Bethany Lyons is a powerful leader, creator, community builder and cofounder of Lyons Den Power Yoga, Manhattan's only Baptiste-style yoga studio. Bethany is a classically trained ballet dancer, Certified Baptiste Yoga Teacher and Master Instructor at SoulCycle. In cofounding Lyons Den Power Yoga, Bethany seeks to showcase the endless possibilities all around us and to show up in a big way for her students and in her life.