Ujjayi Pranayama – 5 Benefits and Contraindications

What is Ujjayi Pranayama

This is the basic form of pranayama.

Ut means “expand” in Sanskrit, jaya means ”conquest,” prana means “life force,” and ayama is the “distribution” of that force or energy.

Pranayama is not just cycles of inhalation and exhalation, nor is it merely deep breathing.

The practice of pranayama goes beyond these to link our physiological and spiritual dimensions.

Benefits of Ujjayi Pranayama

  1. Relieves depression and boosts confidence
  2. Alleviates heart disorders
  3. Normalizes the blood pressure
  4. Relieves asthma
  5. Invigorates the nervous system

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Ujjayi Pranayama is not recommended for beginners.
  • Intermediates must practice with props.
  • Never swallow your saliva during or between inhalation and exhalation.
  • Swallow after a complete exhalation.
  • Do not practice if you have a severe backache or constipation.
  • Do not practice this pranayama if you are feeling tired, because exertion can be harmful for the lungs and the heart.
  • Do not practice strenuous yoga asanas after pranayama.
  • Before pranayama, practice a few reclining asanas to expand the abdominal cavity and the diaphragm.
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