Mindful Breathing–Ocean Breath

Ujjayi, or Ocean Breath (also called victorious breath, snake breathing, whispering breathing, and snoring breathing) is a slow, concentrated mindful breathing technique. It can be beneficial for:

  1. Increasing oxygen levels
  2. Reducing tension
  3. Improving concentration
  4. Regulating body temperature
  5. Lowering blood pressure
  6. Reducing symptoms of depression

The sanskrit translation of “ujjayi” is “to be victorious,” which, according to ancient yogic texts, refers to conquering death and disease. Some research, linked below, suggested that practicing ujjayi breathing with equal timing for inhalations and exhalations has documented physiological benefits associated with increased heart and lung health. This specific mindful breathing technique improves your breathing when you are active and working out, as well–having control over our breath increases the oxygenation of our blood stream, which enhances our performance.

The noise made while practicing Ocean Breath adds another level of focused calm, which might help you settle into the mindful breathing technique easier. The sound of your breath provides a rhythmic wave of breathing much like the ocean. It can take time to smooth the breath and feel comfortable with making sounds as you breath. The noise we get to make, however, makes this a fun one to do with children.

For more information:

Benefits of Ujjayi Breathing and How to Do It

Cardiovascular and Respiratory Effect of Yogic Slow Breathing in the Yoga Beginner: What Is the Best Approach?

Effect of yoga on pulmonary function tests of hypothyroid patients

Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder with Iyengar Yoga and Coherent Breathing: A Randomized Controlled Dosing Study

Ujjayi Pranayama


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