The conqueror breath pose is also known as the Ujjayi Pranayama. This pranayama is well-known for the mild hissing sound that the performer makes by continuously and gradually directing the inhales as well as exhales over the back of the throat. It is the basic foundation of various other techniques, including ratio breathing, digital pranayama, two bandhas, as well as retention. It must be noted that the Ajapa mantra is not put to use while performing digital pranayama.
How To Perform The Pose
- Step 1 – Inhale using the nose, then gradually exhale using your mouth wide open. With an HA drawn-out sound, direct your outgoing breath gradually across the back of your throat. Repeat the process several times, followed by closing the mouth. Now while inhaling and exhaling via the nose, again direct your breath across the back of your throat. This continuous process will lead to producing a mild hissing sound.
- Step 2 – This mild hissing sound is known as Ajapa mantra, which majorly serves three essential purposes:
- It soothes the flow of your breath
- It slows down the breaths
- And it continuously adjusts and monitors the evenness of your produced sound.
3. Step 3 – In the beginning, start with a five-eight minute-long practicing of the pose. Gradually increase the practicing time to around ten to 15 minutes. Once you’re done practicing, get back to the normal breathing process for a couple of minutes. Finally, lie in the savasana or the corpse pose for a set length of time.
- Calms and relaxes your mind
- Soothes and slows down the flow of your breath
- Enhances your focus
- Improves your positive attitude
- Works as a cure for asthma
- Regular practicing can help to cure major respiratory problems
- Helps to generate internal heat
- Improves and enhances concentration
- Helps to reduce anxiety as well as stress
- Improves the process of digestion
- Renders help for prevention of thyroid problems
- Extends prevention from heart attack risks
- Makes the voice melodious and sweet
Mistakes And Contradictions
While practicing this yogic pose, be extremely careful that performing the pose does not lead to the tightening of the throat. If you suffer from blood pressure problems or heart-related disorders, strictly avoid practicing the pose.
How To Perform The Pose Perfectly
First and foremost, you must be extremely thorough with the basic steps of pranayama so that you do not make any errors while performing it. This pranayama or breathing pose must be practiced regularly to master it. To have the maximum results of the pranayama, you must practice it early in the morning hours wearing loosely fitting clothes. Make sure you don’t eat before you do this exercise. To perfect the pranayama, make sure to keep the inhalation and exhalation ratio at 1:2. If you learn the step-by-step technique by a trained yoga professional, you can master it quickly and confidently.