One should ponder upon the multitude benefits of Ujjayi one receives, with deliberately constricted throat passage. And, then, contemplate upon the staggering rewards, the same practice will yield, if the said throat passage is left un-constricted and wide open.
Ujjayi Pranayama is expounded as one of the important pranayama by Hatha Yoga Pradipika too.
According to one of the studies, conducted in the Department of Physiology, PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (PSGIMS R), Coimbatore, India:
Ujjayi pranayama and shavasana produced a significant decrease in the heart rate (HR), systolic blood pressure (SP) and diastolic blood pressure (DP) after 6 weeks of yoga training, with a p value of < 0.0001. A short-term pranayama practice for six weeks improved the para-sympathetic (vagal) functions which suppressed the sympathetic activity, thus denoting the para-sympathetic dominance on the cardiovascular system.
This ‘Victorious Breathing’ as it is called, is capable of bringing victory on different forms of lifestyle -be it a layman’s sedentary desk bound dwelling, a diseased person’s suffering or an athlete’s intensely dynamic movements. This practice has the power to regulate one’s heart beat and systolic blood pressure. It is, therefore, highly recommended for treating High Blood Pressure, Insomnia, Thyroid, Asthma etc.
Its ‘Instant Energy Boost’ nature helps athletes perform better during their games. In fact, Ujjayi is performed distinctly in many yogasanas because the abdominal engagement, during its practice, puts pressure on the abdominal cavity, which in turn, supports the spine during the practice.
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Shammi Gupta, founder of Shammi’s Yogalaya holds an MA in Yoga Shastra, is a certified Yogic Therapist and Naturopath, has completed an Advanced Yoga Course and holds a Diploma in Yoga Education from Mumbai University. She is a certified trainer from American College of Sports Medicine and holds an MBA in HR & MBA in Finance from The University of Akron, Ohio, USA. She conducts Health Awareness Workshops for Corporate, Yogasana Workshops for Athletes and Yoga Therapy Workshops on different medical issues for patients. Among the celebrities Shammi trains are eminent personalities from the film and television industry and corporate world.