What Is Ujjayi Pranayama?

Ujjayi pranayama is a breathing practice used in yoga to calm the mind and bring it into a more meditative state. It is a traditional practice described in yogic texts such as the "Hatha Yoga Pradipika."

Ujjayi is a Sanskrit word meaning “to conquer” or “to be victorious.” Pranayama can be translated as “extension of prana” or “breath control.” As such, ujjayi pranayama is sometimes referred to as the conqueror breath or victorious breath. It is also sometimes called the psychic breath because of its powerful effect on the mind.

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