Things to remember

Breathing (Ujjayi breath)

Breathing is your body’s most vital function. You can survive without food or water for days or even weeks but only a matter of minutes without breath. Breathing is part of everyday life, but is often overlooked or forgotten. Ujjayi or Ocean Breath can improve your yoga and is a technique used during the physical asana practice.

Method

Inhale through your nose, then exhale slowly through a wide-open mouth directing the breath to the back of your throat with a drawn-out HA sound, as if you’re steaming up a mirror in front of you. Repeat several times, then close your mouth. Now, as you inhale and exhale through your nose, continue to direct the breath across the back of your throat. This will create a soft hissing sound, like the sound of the Ocean!

Benefits

Ujjayi breath generates and regulates internal body heat. It’s similar to a massage for the internal organs, as the core becomes warm from the inside, preparing the body for the asana practice. This heat makes stretching safer while the inner organs can be cleansed of any toxins that have accumulated. A focused Ujjayi breath can also release tension and tight areas of the body as well as strengthen the nervous and digestive systems.

Props

Many people think the use of props are a sign of weakness, when in fact the opposite is true! By using props you can improve your alignment, increase your flexibility and get the most out of a yoga pose (asana). Blocks and belts can bring you closer to the floor and your toes! When used correctly, props can also help you avoid injury in your yoga practice.

At Oaks Yoga, all props are provided in class.

What to wear

Anything comfortable and easy to move in. It’s best to wear gym clothes that aren’t too baggy so I can see your alignment properly.