Meditation Type: Breathwork
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Best Used: To bring calm to the mind, body and nervous system

This technique is a go to for me when my mind/body/emotions are racing and I want to bring a state of calm into my field.  This is also an awesome technique when encountered with a stressful situation (such as taking an ice bath!)

SOUNDING BREATH (Ujjayi)

  • Sit in a comfortable position or lie down in Corpse Pose.
  • Relax; close your eyes.
  • Exhale completely through your nose; inhale slowly and deeply through your nose. 
  • As you inhale, slowly fill your abdomen and lungs while contracting your throat, making a soft hissing/humming sound.
  • Slightly contract your throat again making the slight hissing/humming sound as you exhale through your nose, emptying your lungs completely.
  • Repeat for 5 minutes to start, increasing to 30+ minutes over time.
  • Work to get to a point where your inhale and your exhale are the same length.
  • NOTE: If you feel like you sound like Darth Vader while doing this breathing technique, you are doing it correctly!

POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS:
These can be repeated like a mantra over and over while doing the breath technique:

  • I am at peace. 
  • All is well in my world.

BENEFITS

  • Calms the body and balances the nervous system
  • Expels stale air from the lungs, purifying the respiratory system
  • Relieves tension
  • Calms emotions
  • Slows the mind

One Love,
Tate