The one Pranayama that contradicts the popular belief that ‘the benefits of yoga can only be experienced in the long term’, is Ujjayi Breathing. According to Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Ujjayi breathing is one such practice that show an immediate result in controlling the escalating level of Blood Pressure. I have personally witnessed this during many sessions.
A few students, who complained of High Blood Pressure were made to perform Ujjayi Breathing along with Yoga Nidra for a total period of half an hour. The result was instant normalization of BP and if not definitely bringing it close to the normal level (the before and after count was registered on a digital device as well as manually operated device).
Ujjayi level -2 is basically the next level in the journey of Ujjayi Pranayama. We perform Ujjayi, without breath retention, and simultaneously apply Khechari Mudra. It is critical that you master both Ujjayi Level -1 and Khechari Mudra before attempting this. Ujjayi Level-2 is more effective in handling High BP than the basic Ujjayi Breathing. This is because Ujjayi -2 engages the carotid sinus exclusively.
Enjoy a normal life with Normal Blood Pressure by practicing Ujjayi only for 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening.
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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.