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Breathwork Basics With John
Skylight • Ep 1
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Breathwork Basics With John
Breathwork Basics With John
Skylight • Ep 1 • 05:58

Explore the life-changing practice of Ujjayi breathing as we go on a journey of self-discovery. This method, which has its roots in traditional knowledge, uses the effect of mindful breathing to open a door to inner peace.

Known as "victorious breath," ujjayi enables practitioners to become aware of their bodies' autonomic functions and consciously regulate their breathing. Breathing is significant not only for its physiological benefits but also for the deliberate control and awareness it provides to the present moment.

Ujjayi offers a technique to calm the mind, slow down rushing thoughts, and lessen anxiety by emphasizing breath control. It serves as a powerful instrument for overcoming obstacles in life, providing harmony and clarity mentally and physically.

Physical, mental, and emotional well-being are all impacted by the whole practice of ujjayi breathing. By teaching participants how to control their emotions, accept isolation, and establish a connection with their inner selves, intentional breathing opens the door to mindfulness. Deep self-awareness, inner tranquility, and a peaceful living are all facilitated by Ujjayi breathing.


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- Hi there. This is Breathing Basics. And the first thing I want you to understand is that many systems happen within the body that are automatic. Breathing is one of 'em. The great thing about breathing is you can actually tune into your breath and control your breath, connecting to your breath, therefore affecting every other system in your body. So if you're feeling anxious, you can calm yourself down. If your thoughts are moving quickly, you can slow them down. And so the whole process to let's say yoga poses where we're learning to breathe in a difficult situation that then you apply to breathing techniques like the ones we're about to do. This is called Ujjayi breathing. This breathing is like victorious breathing that conquers those systems in a sense and helps you to regulate your emotions, your thoughts, and how you're feeling. So how we start is seated. If you can take your knees out wide, feet close, more comfortable. If this is not comfortable, you can lie down on your back and do all the same breathing. Half lotus is a good position as well. First, you wanna find your butt bones, so you pitch your pelvis forward and back and find the center of your sits bones. And the knees have to be below the hips or even even with the hips. So if you wanna put a blanket under your hips to lift yourself up, you'll have a much better time. You'll feel more at ease as you breathe. So the breathing we do is in the nose, out the nose. We have to push the low back in. So as the low back goes in, the chest comes up and you bring the chin down. If the low back goes out, the chest is gonna cave back in. So we wanna push the low back in. And this is why it's so important to have some kind of lift here with your knees below the hips. Chest comes up, chin comes down, and you're thinking inhale up the spine and exhale down the spine. We'd like a pace, and it's in that pace that you start regulating your breath. The inhale is not just through the nose, it's behind the nose. If you breathe through your nose, it's a sniffly sound. It's a little more erratic. We want a smooth sound. So here's a breath in the nose. Sniffly sound. We wanna move it back. When the exhale happens , you're pushing the breath completely out. It feels as if you're trying to warm up your hands, but the mouth is closed. So let's take a breath in behind the nose, and then exhale. So we begin this Ujjayi process, this Ujjayi breathing. Three rounds of breath in and out. Inhale. Exhale. We call this a complete breath. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. So process of inhaling, exhaling should be even, four seconds, five seconds. This breath then applies to all other breathing that we do. What we're also gonna add in is a breath hold. We start with exhales, hold the breath out. Inhale , and then exhale and give a little push and hold the breath out, holding your belly in. This makes the nerves stronger. Then we add the energy back in. Exhale again. Push. Hold the belly in. Inhale once again. And one more time exhale. . Hold the belly in. Inhale. Exhale. Now we hold the breath in three times. Inhale. Lift your chest, lift your chin. Hold the breath in, and drop your chin to your sternum. Lift your chin. Exhale. Two more like that. Inhale, lift the chin. Chest is up. Drop the chin. Lift the chin. Exhale. Last one. Chin up. Chest up. Catch the chest, drop the chin. Lift the chin. Exhale. Three more. Breath in. Out. In. Out. In. Out. So three breath in and out, three breath out, holding, three breath in, holding, and then three breath in and out to complete the cycle. That's it. Thanks.

Watching Now
Breathwork Basics With John
Breathwork Basics With John
Skylight • Ep 1 • 05:58

Explore the life-changing practice of Ujjayi breathing as we go on a journey of self-discovery. This method, which has its roots in traditional knowledge, uses the effect of mindful breathing to open a door to inner peace.

Known as "victorious breath," ujjayi enables practitioners to become aware of their bodies' autonomic functions and consciously regulate their breathing. Breathing is significant not only for its physiological benefits but also for the deliberate control and awareness it provides to the present moment.

Ujjayi offers a technique to calm the mind, slow down rushing thoughts, and lessen anxiety by emphasizing breath control. It serves as a powerful instrument for overcoming obstacles in life, providing harmony and clarity mentally and physically.

Physical, mental, and emotional well-being are all impacted by the whole practice of ujjayi breathing. By teaching participants how to control their emotions, accept isolation, and establish a connection with their inner selves, intentional breathing opens the door to mindfulness. Deep self-awareness, inner tranquility, and a peaceful living are all facilitated by Ujjayi breathing.


View Transcript
- Hi there. This is Breathing Basics. And the first thing I want you to understand is that many systems happen within the body that are automatic. Breathing is one of 'em. The great thing about breathing is you can actually tune into your breath and control your breath, connecting to your breath, therefore affecting every other system in your body. So if you're feeling anxious, you can calm yourself down. If your thoughts are moving quickly, you can slow them down. And so the whole process to let's say yoga poses where we're learning to breathe in a difficult situation that then you apply to breathing techniques like the ones we're about to do. This is called Ujjayi breathing. This breathing is like victorious breathing that conquers those systems in a sense and helps you to regulate your emotions, your thoughts, and how you're feeling. So how we start is seated. If you can take your knees out wide, feet close, more comfortable. If this is not comfortable, you can lie down on your back and do all the same breathing. Half lotus is a good position as well. First, you wanna find your butt bones, so you pitch your pelvis forward and back and find the center of your sits bones. And the knees have to be below the hips or even even with the hips. So if you wanna put a blanket under your hips to lift yourself up, you'll have a much better time. You'll feel more at ease as you breathe. So the breathing we do is in the nose, out the nose. We have to push the low back in. So as the low back goes in, the chest comes up and you bring the chin down. If the low back goes out, the chest is gonna cave back in. So we wanna push the low back in. And this is why it's so important to have some kind of lift here with your knees below the hips. Chest comes up, chin comes down, and you're thinking inhale up the spine and exhale down the spine. We'd like a pace, and it's in that pace that you start regulating your breath. The inhale is not just through the nose, it's behind the nose. If you breathe through your nose, it's a sniffly sound. It's a little more erratic. We want a smooth sound. So here's a breath in the nose. Sniffly sound. We wanna move it back. When the exhale happens , you're pushing the breath completely out. It feels as if you're trying to warm up your hands, but the mouth is closed. So let's take a breath in behind the nose, and then exhale. So we begin this Ujjayi process, this Ujjayi breathing. Three rounds of breath in and out. Inhale. Exhale. We call this a complete breath. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. So process of inhaling, exhaling should be even, four seconds, five seconds. This breath then applies to all other breathing that we do. What we're also gonna add in is a breath hold. We start with exhales, hold the breath out. Inhale , and then exhale and give a little push and hold the breath out, holding your belly in. This makes the nerves stronger. Then we add the energy back in. Exhale again. Push. Hold the belly in. Inhale once again. And one more time exhale. . Hold the belly in. Inhale. Exhale. Now we hold the breath in three times. Inhale. Lift your chest, lift your chin. Hold the breath in, and drop your chin to your sternum. Lift your chin. Exhale. Two more like that. Inhale, lift the chin. Chest is up. Drop the chin. Lift the chin. Exhale. Last one. Chin up. Chest up. Catch the chest, drop the chin. Lift the chin. Exhale. Three more. Breath in. Out. In. Out. In. Out. So three breath in and out, three breath out, holding, three breath in, holding, and then three breath in and out to complete the cycle. That's it. Thanks.


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