Ujjayi is the process of narrowing the passageway through which air is moving, allowing the breath to be drawn out and consciously controlled.

  • The practice causes an “ocean wave” or “hissing” sound.
  • Although this breath is done with the nostrils, it can be easier to learn with an open mouth.
  • Ujjayi is often used as the primary breathing practice during asana in Ashtanga, Power, Vinyasa and other styles of yoga.
  • This pranayamapractice may be maintained throughout much of practice and, according to Iyengar, is “the only pranayama which can be done at all times of the day and night.” Other experts, however, do not recommend Ujjayi be practiced in all cases.
  • Because Ujjayi has to be created over and over again, a lack of focus on breath can indicate the mind has wandered.