Ujjayi Pranayama- The psychic breath Practice|Benefits|Precautions

The Sanskrit word Ujjayi means ‘Victorious’. The pranayama which gives freedom and bondage. It is also known as psychic breath or ocean breath because of the sound our throat creates while performing this pranayama. It leads to subtle states of mind and is used together with khechari mudra, the tongue lack, in tantric meditation such as manta japa, ajapa japa, and prana vidya.

Pranayama means the control of ultimate vital energy called Prana in our human body. Know more about Pranayama here Pranayama- The Ultimate Life’s Source

How to practice Ujjayi pranayama?

  • Sit in comfortable position or meditation asana.
  • Close your eyes and relax your whole body while breathing slowly and deeply.
  • Take your whole awareness of the breath and allow your breath to become calm and rhythmic.
  • take your awareness to your throat.
  • Feel that the breath is being drawn in and out through the throat.
  • As the breathing becomes slower and deeper, gently contract the glottis so that the soft snoring sound, like the breathing of a sleeping baby, is produced in the throat.
  • Both inhalation and exhalation of your breath should be long, deep and controlled.
  • The sound should be produced by the throat and should be audible to the practitioner alone.
  • Continue in this manner, counting a minimum of 10 breaths.
  • Take a deep breath in and out slowly to normal the breathing. Repeat this 5 times.
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  • All throat ailments (Glands in the neck, mumps, tonsilitis, goiter, and irritation in the throat are removed.
  • Thyroid and Parathyroid glands are affected positively.
  • Blood is purified.
  • Kundalini power also gets stimulated by practicing ujjayi pranayama.
  • The practice soothes the nervous system and calms the mind.
  • It helps in problems like insomnia, nightfall, and depression.


  • Ujjayi should not be practiced with high blood pressure patients.
  • Ujjayi should not be practiced by the people who are too introverted by the natures it can affect their mood at that time and they left feeling uncomfortable or irritated.
  • Heart patients can simply avoid this.
  • Do not practice this pranayama in bad cold and high fever.


Learn more about Yogic Pranayama here General Guidelines For Pranayama Practitioner


Breath 🙂

Hare Krishna ❤




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