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Sectional Deep Breathing (Vibhagiya Pranayama)

The sectional breathing techniques are used as a preparation for the full, deep yogic breathing practice called Ujjayi Pranayama. Our normal breathing which happens involuntarily, 24 hours a day, is quite shallow and is felt only in the upper chest area. Which means that during normal breathing only the upper part of the lungs gets […]

Ujjayi Breathing and Ujjayi Pranayama

Ujjayi Breathing

The word "ujjayi" is derived from the Sanskrit root "ji" (जि) with the prefix "ud" (उद्) added to it. So the combined root is "ujji" (उज्जि) which means "to be victorious". Ujjayi (उज्जायी), thus means "one who is victorious" and "ujjayi breath" would mean "the victorious breath".

Because of the various benefits […]

14-day Pranayama/Meditation Intensive, Feb 2-15

Vishnu Mudra

I am pleased to announce the next 14-day pranayama/meditation intensive.

Come and join me for this life-transforming experience where you will learn two of the most important aspects of a complete, integrated yoga practice – pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation. In this program you will be introduced to many of the […]

Ujjayi Pranayama

In a previous article, I wrote about the breathing technique called the Ujjayi breath. In this breath, while breathing in and out through the nose, we constrict the passage of air at the base of the throat area, the glottis, which makes a slight hissing, ocean wave like sound. In normal breathing the friction of […]

Kumbhaka (Breath Retention) Pranayama

In this post and a few of the upcoming posts, I will be describing pranayama techniques which involve breath retention (kumbhaka). Some of these techniques also involve application of the three bandhas, as appropriate.

Samavritti Pranayama

The word "sama" means equal or same number and "vritti" means rotation or simply action. If you recall, […]

Pranayama – Deep Sectional Breathing

In the recently completed 10-day yoga intensive, the major focus was on pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation. In the program, we covered several different pranayama techniques. One of the main objectives of these intensive programs is to encourage the participants to develop a regular home practice of their own after the course is over. Most […]