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Ujjayi Breath: Learn + Benefit

I am sharing one of my favorite breathing techniques with you today! It is commonly used during yoga practice and meditation. It can also be a great way to start your day, recharge midday, and to unwind at the end of the day. It is the Ujjayi Breath or Victorious Breath. Make sure you scroll down to catch a peek of my 4 year old Simon sharing his own little video too!

I created two printables that include how to do the breath and list the benefits. I put two on each page so you could have one by your bed and the other at your work space or purse or anywhere! I also created to colorways in case you are not a huge fan of pink. Just click on the image and print! Please let me know if it is easy to read. Also, if you want to do this from your computer without the video just zoom in on the image below or after you open the printable so you can read it on your screen.

After I finished filming this video my son, Simon, came downstairs and asked if he could make a video too. Please check it out, he will be so thrilled!

Benefits of Deep Breathing

Hello! I am excited to be sharing my first video on my new website! I started sharing videos that were related to the chakras and I have a really cool one in mind for the 3rd chakra. First I wanted to focus on some breathing techniques that will be the foundation for a lot of future videos.

Most of you probably do not spend your whole day sitting or standing up tall.

You might be hunched over a computer or a sewing machine, picking up little kids or slouching in line at the grocery store. Because of this, you are not taking deep breaths which lessens the amount of oxygen going to your brain. By taking short breaks to take deep breaths you can increase your alertness and feel a whole heck of a lot better!

Sit up tall, you can do this lying down at the beginning or end of your day also. Relax your shoulders. Inhale deeply through your nose and exhale out of your mouth. Relax. Let go of tension. Let go of your morning. Let go of your day. Let go of anything that is not serving you.

Begin to breathe only through your nose. Allow your inhales to go all the way into your belly. This may be challenging at first. We are used to taking shallow breaths that do not go much deeper than the chest. Begin to notice your ribcage expand with each deep breath. Place one hand on your belly. Feel your belly expand with each inhale. Gently draw your belly back towards your spine as you exhale. Focus on allowing each inhale to become deeper than the one before and each exhale longer than the one before.

Continue for 5 breaths, 10 breaths, 1 minute, the length of a song, the length of an article you are reading, a commercial break, the drive to pick your kids up from school.

Notice how good you feel! Notice how deep your breaths are compared to the earlier ones. Enjoy this good feeling.

Pause and take deep breaths any time you need a little pick me up!