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


JMWallis 3 years ago

Excellent! Thank you! I learned three part breath 20 years ago but this goes through it so much more thoroughly! I am starting over my yoga practice anew with your series and am so grateful for it!

sasuke 3 years ago

i dont know if it is good or bad but i think you should take your shirt off so we might see exactly how you breathe in and out..

Mollyvt 3 years ago

Thank you for this wonderful series. I have taken yoga classes on and off for years, and your beginner series has been the most wonderful refresher -- and I have learned SO much already. One question I have is that I always seem to fill up with breath too quickly. It leaves me with an odd breathless sensation at the top of each breath - as if I'm trying to add breath to an already full vessel. Advice? Thank you. Namaste.

sarakoenig 3 years ago

Hi David, new to the practice of yoga and your website was recommended by one of my yoga instructors -and I am so glad! You are wonderfully calming -and precise- teacher. One question -and I may have just missed this in the video. When you have your hand on your lower back and you are breathing "into the lower back" should you feel your hand move or your lower back expand? I'm getting nothing there. Thank you!

David Procyshyn 3 years ago

The short answer is 'not really'. The spine prevents much movement from happening. But the idea isn't really to move the lower back with your breath, it's to consciously direct the breath into all areas. Does that make sense?

Mamacita204 3 years ago

Not brand new to yoga, but coming back again. This practice was such a great grounding way to begin. Thank you

bcun20 3 years ago

Hi David, great video. Do you have a preference for the exhale and whether it begins at the collar bones and moves down, opposite to the inhale or the same way as the inhale, release from abdoman, rib, collar bones? I have read it done both ways but I noticed that there was no mention here.

David Procyshyn 3 years ago

Thanks! I don't find that there's a reason to do it one way over the other. The more important aspect to focus on is clearing the air completely and that can be done either way.

bcun20 3 years ago

Super stoked with your quick reply thanks David. I have just found Do Yoga With Me and very impressed thus far. I really like your response and think I will join you on that. As you say what matters is that there is a full clearing of the air completely. I am presently doing my teacher training and can't wait to start teaching for real. Hopefully I can find something likeDYWM to be part of in Australia. Pranayama and yoga nidra are my passion so trying to experience as many different thoughts/ideas as I can.