Pranayama is formal practice of breath control in or controlled breathing. Pranayama is used throughout various forms of yoga practice. The source of pranayama, “Prana” meaning vital life force, increases the bodies energy level, removes toxins out of the body, and connects the breath with the mind and body.
The most common style of Pranayama breathing is Ujjayi. Ujjayi begins by directing your attention inside your chest and locating where you feel your breath centered. Taking a few breaths in through you nose and sighing it out through your mouth, engaging in Ujjayi will begin by inhaling through your nose, sealing your lips, and allowing the breath to flow out through your nose. The flow of breath is deep, smooth, and consistent. The flow creates heat and when incorporated during your yoga flow creates warmth within your body resulting in the body to sweat and release toxins.