The 3-Part Breath and Ujjayi Breathing

David Procyshyn
Instructor David Procyshyn
Average: 4.8 (74 votes)
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Our breathing is a natural place to begin when learning how to activate and strengthen the core. Our breath affects how much tension we hold in our bodies, how calm or active our nervous system is and how we use the power that is within us. In this class, the first of a series of three on core stability, David teaches you two breathing techniques that you may use in all of your future classes. The second class in this series is Integrating the Breath and the Bandhas and the third class is Finding Stability In All Poses. You can also find all three together in our program Establish Your Core Stability and Strength and on our Yoga for Beginners page.

Equipment: None
Style: Gentle Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Pranayama Yoga, Yoga for Anxiety/Stress, Yoga for Back Care


allshaks 6 months ago

As usual, I loved this video!

David talked about efortless breathing. I sometimes feel as if I can't take a deep breath without making quite a big effort. When I begin inhalation, it soon seems as if I ran out of space for more breath, and yet I kind of feel like it isn't enough air on my lungs, so I keep pushing, but air doesn't flow in as freely as I'd imagine it should. Only on few occasions can I take in strong breaths that carry momentum, and they are usually chest breaths, not long and sustained but short-lived.

I usually relate this to anxiety, and chronic tension I accumulated on my back, chest and diaphragm. I was wondering if I should aim for slow and steady breaths first, even if they are not as deep, or rather if pushing through it a bit is alright at first.

I'm sorry if I wasn't clear enough. Thank you very much!

David Procyshyn 4 months ago

Thanks! I think it's ok to 'push through', as long as you're not pushing too much. If your body gets sore during the breathing or it's sore the day after, you're likely pushing too hard. It's a fine balance, and with practice you can see where you fit.

Liselou85 1 year ago

Hi David and community! I enjoyed this video, but noticed it made me dizzy, and especially the shallow breaths almost gave me a headache with pressure building up in my sinuses. I have recently also started a meditation practice and notice that I often feel dizzy during/after meditation. Any reason why?

David Procyshyn 1 year ago

Breathing can definitely make you feel dizzy at times. I find that it passes quickly though, once you stop breathing. If it doesn't, lie down until it passes and you can stop breathing during a class anytime you feel it coming on. I'm not sure what would be causing the dizziness during meditation, though. You may want to check with your doctor - I've heard that that can be an inner ear thing.

raneeshm 1 year ago

Wow, this brings a whole new meaning to learning the correct technique of belly breathing. Love David's simple instructions and techniques. Looking forward to the long journey on learning yoga the proper way.

Thank you! This not only aids yoga practice but also meditation, creativity, and general wellbeing!

beginner 2 years ago

When I inhale, things seem to shrink instead of expand. What am I doing wrong?

David Procyshyn 2 years ago

I think that likely means that your belly is getting smaller while your ribs are expanding. Does that sound right? It's fine, but you can work on trying to expand the belly/lower back area as well through practice.

ArianneReis 1 year ago

I feel the same... really struggle breathing in and expanding the belly at the same time. It almost feels like I do the opposite... it doesn't feel right :-( guess I need to keep practicing :-)