Ujjayi Pranayama

Vinyasa Yoga is performed using a deep breathing technique, which is called Ujjayi Pranayama in Sanskrit. This  translates to “Victorious Breath,” but is also sometimes called “Ocean Breath” because of the sound it makes. This type of breathing warms up the body from the inside out. It will help you getting deeper and deeper into your asanas (poses). Breathing in will help you to take up the Prana (energy) and by breathing out you will be able to “let go” of anything that is blocking you, either mentally or physically.

Flow of breath and movement

Each movement in a Vinyasa practice is linked to either an inhalation or an exhalation, creating a flow between breath and movement. The asanas can be held for up to five breaths, but when moving between poses, Ujjayi Breath provides the connection.

Vinyasa Yoga and breathing

During a Vinyasa class it is very important to keep listening to your breath. As soon as you feel you are getting out of breath, you should leave your flow for a Child’s Pose (Balasana) and return to your breath. This pose is always there for you at any time.