What is Ocean Breathing and how can it help me?

Practicing conscious breathing can enhance and improve every aspect of your life - it did for me!

By breathing deeply and mindfully, you expand your body and create space for more oxygen to flow into the lungs which helps to create feelings of calmness and relaxation.

In this post:

  • What are the health benefits of mindful breathing?

  • Video: 10-minute Ocean Breathing sequence

  • Safety and precautions


What are the health benefits of mindful breathing?

Ocean Breathing, also known in Sanskrit as Ujjayi breathing (pronounced oo-jai), has a balancing influence on the entire cardiorespiratory system and the nervous system. Practising Ocean Breathing helps calm the mind and body and brings with it with many benefits:

  • stronger lungs with an increased capacity

  • healthier heart and strong diaphragm

  • sometimes the ability to heal asthma 

  • may release the habit of smoking

  • a calmed nervous system

  • diminished stress

  • lowered blood pressure and heart rate

  • improved sleep

  • more enhanced mental-state

  • enables us to identify and heal old wounds from our past


Ocean breathing is accessible to anyone - it doesn’t matter what your age, your size, or physical constraints are, if you can breath, you can do this exercise.

Try Ocean breathing for 10 minutes a day and watch what happens!

VIDEO: 10-minute Ocean Breathing sequence

Watch my ocean breathing sequence which guides you through a 10-minute sequence to help calm the mind and rebalance the body.

Making breathing practices a part of your positive DAILY habits, will create meaningful transformation for you. Practice it and you will see for yourself!

A 10-minute breathing sequence to centre the mind + body and open the heart centre. Can be practiced in a seated or standing pose, or seated in a straight back chair.


Safety and Precautions

Practice breathing any time of the day, at least 1 hour after eating.

If you have breathing difficulties or a condition such as asthma, this breathing pattern may be difficult. Make sure you are breathing enough and end the practice if you feel dizzy or lightheaded. You should not feel pain or shortness of breath during this practice.  Please consult your GP if you are unsure.

It’s not uncommon when practicing these breathing exercises that emotions arise and tears begin to flow. This is a very natural response when your body opens up and releases old emotions. If this happens, let it happen - you’ll feel better afterwards.


Resources

Very Well Fit - Ujjayi (pronounced oo-jai) is commonly translated as “victorious breath,” and has been used for thousands of years to enhance hatha yoga practice. Also commonly referred to as the “oceanic breath,” the sound that Ujjayi provides helps us to synchronize breath with movements during yoga, making the entire yoga practice more rhythmic.

A Life Worth Breathing - A Yoga Master’s Handbook of Strength, Grace and Healing - by Max Strom