Vayu Siddhi: Secrets to Yogic Breathing A Guide to Ujjayi Breathing and Pranayama

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Part 1: A Guide to Ujjayi Breathing

This video series is dedicated to Sri K Pattabhi Jois, who was a Vayu Siddha, a master of breathing, and from whom I learned this sequence. Study the material offered on these discs and your breathing can become a well spring, a main source for tapping the tremendous life force within you. Like Hanuman, the loyal servant of Ram, your breath can become a formidable ally, a most devoted friend that guides you further into the beloved practice of Ashtanga Yoga. Through practice may you attain Vayu Siddhi, perfection of breathing and go inwards to Self.
Championing your breath is the key to truly enjoying the fruits of your yoga practice, because it is through caring about your breathing that your tapas, your stubborn dedication and your pointed, daily toil will yield its important inner rewards. Through working with your breath in using this video series I hope you will turn to and trust your breath during times of celebration and challenge, that you will cultivate healthy breathing habits, and view breath as the key to unlocking the secrets to all yoga techniques.
In presenting this material I aim to transform your ideas about the role that your breath can play in your daily practice, to see how the consciousness that you develop through breath awareness leads you into the greater spiritual context of your life. I aim to set your imagination ablaze on the vital subject of breathing as your principal source of Self knowledge.

The first 9 videos are a set of breathing practices that will help you better understand how to breath in your asana practice, give you a strong foundation for learning pranayama and form the beginning steps to working with the Sri K Pattabhi Jois’s Ashtanga Pranayama sequence.

Part 2: A Guide to the Ashtanga Pranayama Sequence

The first 6 videos introduce you to the Ashtanga Pranayama sequence by giving you step by step, detailed instruction in each of the five pranayama’s that make up the sequence. You can study each pranayama separately or all at the same time with the Full Instructed Pranayama Sequence.

The last 6 videos is where you can practice each pranayama separately without instruction or you can practice the entire thirty plus minute Ashtanga Pranayama Sequence without instruction.

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Vayu Siddhi: Secrets to Yogic Breathing A Guide to Ujjayi Breathing and Pranayama

Part 1: A Guide to Ujjayi Breathing

This video series is dedicated to Sri K Pattabhi Jois, who was a Vayu Siddha, a master of breathing, and from whom I learned this sequence. Study the material offered on these discs and your breathing can become a well spring, a main source for tapping the tremendous life force within you. Like Hanuman, the loyal servant of Ram, your breath can become a formidable ally, a most devoted friend that guides you further into the beloved practice of Ashtanga Yoga. Through practice may you attain Vayu Siddhi, perfection of breathing and go inwards to Self.
Championing your breath is the key to truly enjoying the fruits of your yoga practice, because it is through caring about your breathing that your tapas, your stubborn dedication and your pointed, daily toil will yield its important inner rewards. Through working with your breath in using this video series I hope you will turn to and trust your breath during times of celebration and challenge, that you will cultivate healthy breathing habits, and view breath as the key to unlocking the secrets to all yoga techniques.
In presenting this material I aim to transform your ideas about the role that your breath can play in your daily practice, to see how the consciousness that you develop through breath awareness leads you into the greater spiritual context of your life. I aim to set your imagination ablaze on the vital subject of breathing as your principal source of Self knowledge.

The first 9 videos are a set of breathing practices that will help you better understand how to breath in your asana practice, give you a strong foundation for learning pranayama and form the beginning steps to working with the Sri K Pattabhi Jois’s Ashtanga Pranayama sequence.

Part 2: A Guide to the Ashtanga Pranayama Sequence

The first 6 videos introduce you to the Ashtanga Pranayama sequence by giving you step by step, detailed instruction in each of the five pranayama’s that make up the sequence. You can study each pranayama separately or all at the same time with the Full Instructed Pranayama Sequence.

The last 6 videos is where you can practice each pranayama separately without instruction or you can practice the entire thirty plus minute Ashtanga Pranayama Sequence without instruction.

27 Videos

  • Apana Exercise

    6m 27s · Downloadable

  • Prana Exercise

    6m 0s · Downloadable

  • Viloma Inhalation Exercise with Instruction

    5m 59s · Downloadable

  • Viloma Inhalation Exercise (no extra instruction)

    6m 27s · Downloadable

  • Viloma Exhalation Exercise with Instruction

    6m 34s · Downloadable

  • Viloma Exhalation Exercise (no extra instruction)

    6m 35s · Downloadable

  • Viloma Khumbaka Exercise on Exhalation

    8m 15s · Downloadable

  • Viloma Kumbaka Exercise on Inhalation

    9m 25s · Downloadable

  • Instructed Ashtanga Yoga Pranayama Sequence

    30m · Downloadable

  • instructed First Pranayama Ujjayi (Parts A and B)

    7m 40s · Downloadable

  • instructed Second Pranayama (Parts A and B)

    9m 8s · Downloadable

  • instructed Third Pranayama Bhastrika

    6m 58s · Downloadable

  • instructed Fourth Pranayama Surya and Chandra Bhedana

    6m 23s · Downloadable

  • instructed Fifth Pranayama Sitali

    3m 53s · Downloadable

  • Led Pranayama Sequence Ujjayi (Parts A and B)

    7m 18s · Downloadable

  • Led Pranayama Sequence Nadi Shodana (Parts A and B)

    10m · Downloadable

  • Led Pranayama Sequence Bhastrika

    7m 5s · Downloadable

  • Led Pranayama Sequence Surya and Chandra Bhedana

    6m 12s · Downloadable

  • Led Pranayama Sequence Sitali

    3m 49s · Downloadable

  • Led Ashtanga Pranayama Sequence

    32m · Downloadable

  • Are you breathing too loud or too soft in your asana practice?

    3m 2s · Downloadable

  • Patterns of Apana and Prana Basics 101

    1m 32s · Downloadable

  • Jalandha Bandha Basics 101

    4m 58s · Downloadable

  • Are there other seated positions I can do for my pranayama practice besides Lotus?

    4m 59s · Downloadable

  • How do I do the vishnu mudra hand position

    2m 21s · Downloadable

  • Build Pranayama Padmasana Directly Over Pelvic Floor

    1m 0s · Downloadable

  • Why is Kumbhaka important in pranayama

    2m 0s · Downloadable

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  1. Apana Exercise

    6m 27s · Downloadable

    Apana vayu governs the lower abdominal and pelvic region within the torso from the navel to the pelvic floor. Link with the out - breath, the apanic pattern is a downward, inwand, cohesive, centripetal force that has rooting and grounding propensities.

    By tuning into the pattern of apana vayu, the investigative yogi gains full knowledge of the intricacies of exhaling, including utilizing the full extent of subtle breathing muscles within the a...

  2. Prana Exercise

    6m 0s · Downloadable

    Prana vayu governs the region of the chest cavity form the diaphragm to the collarbones and includes the lungs, rib cage, and entire upper torso. Linked with the in - breath, the pranic patters is an upward, expansive, centrifugal, opening pattern.

    Working with the pranic pattern during inhalation helps you elongate along the central axis and encourages spaciousness and receptivity within the torso. Stopping the upward course of prana vayu and...

  3. Viloma Inhalation Exercise with Instruction

    5m 59s · Downloadable

    In this exercise you will interrupt your inhalation in 3 stages. David will instruct you through the entire exercise so you can learn to extend your inhalation and get the feeling for stopping the breath in short intervals. This exercise will also teach you jalandhara bandha.

  4. Viloma Inhalation Exercise (no extra instruction)

    6m 27s · Downloadable

    In this exercise you will interrupt your inhalation in 3 stages. There is no extra instruction and so you are allowed to explore the gap in between the breaths on your own. By learning to breath in more thoroughly jalandhara bandha will become more natural and you will discover the power of this mudra.

  5. Viloma Exhalation Exercise with Instruction

    6m 34s · Downloadable

    In this exercise you will interrupt your exhalation in 3 stages. It will help teach you mula bandha and uddiyana bandha. David will instruct you through the entire exercise so you can learn to extend your exhalation and get the feeling for stopping the breath in short intervals.

  6. Viloma Exhalation Exercise (no extra instruction)

    6m 35s · Downloadable

    In this exercise you will interrupt your exhalation in 3 stages. There is no extra instruction and so you are allowed to explore the gap in between the breaths on your own. By breathing out 3 times without breathing in you will learn to exhale more thoroughly.

  7. Viloma Khumbaka Exercise on Exhalation

    8m 15s · Downloadable

    This exercise introduces kumbhaka into your breathing practice. Kumbhaka is retention or suspension of the breath. It is the phase between inhalation and exhalation. Kumbhaka is the confining of the prana inside.

    "Respiration being disturbed, the mind becomes disturbed. By restraining respiration, the yogi gets steadiness of mind." Hatha Yoga Pradipika.

    This exercise is a combination of viloma, interrupting the exhalation and kumbhaka, re...

  8. Viloma Kumbaka Exercise on Inhalation

    9m 25s · Downloadable

    This exercise introduces kumbhaka into your breathing practice. Kumbhaka is retention or suspension of the breath. It is the phase between inhalation and exhalation. Kumbhaka is the confining of the prana inside.
    The practice of kumbhaka is less about breath control and more about mind control, about learning to stop the breath as a means of learning to stop the incessant activity of the mind.

    This exercise is a combination of viloma, interr...

  9. Instructed Ashtanga Yoga Pranayama Sequence

    30m · Downloadable

    I suggest you learn the ashtanga pranayama sequence by slowly working your way through the sequence in small increments, the same way that you learn the ashtanga asana sequences. At first your practice will be short, only two to four minutes long, but you can extend the time by repeating what you already know until you feel ready to move forward in the sequence.

    When learning the different techniques of the five pranayamas, I suggest that you a...

  10. instructed First Pranayama Ujjayi (Parts A and B)

    7m 40s · Downloadable

    Uj: upward, expansive
    Jaya: victorious
    Bahya: external
    Antara: internal
    Kumbhaka: retention

    This first pranayama introduces bahya kumbhaka (retention after exhaling) and antara kumbhaka (retention after inhaling). The kumbhaka ratio is approximately 6:4 inhalation/exhalation. This means that if you retain the in-breath for 20 seconds you will retain the out-breath for 14 or 15 seconds.

    In this video David gives step by step instructions ...

  11. instructed Second Pranayama (Parts A and B)

    9m 8s · Downloadable

    Nadi Shodhana (cleansing of pranic channels). Developing skill in the technique of nadi shodana is necessary in order to udnerstand the unique language and purpose of pranayama. The second pranayama introduces digital pranayama also known as alternate nostril breathing.

    In this video David gives step by step instructions how to orient yourself in this pranayama.

  12. instructed Third Pranayama Bhastrika

    6m 58s · Downloadable

    Bhastrika: Bellows

    Bhastrika is a highly active, energy rousing technique that tones the absomen and helps you to activate your respiratory musuclature. The forceful rhythmic pumping of the breath churns the belly and stirs up the dormant, sluggish energy within muladhara, the root support chakra at the base. Kundalini shakti, the coiled pranic energy within muladhara, is awakened and summoned to enter the middle channel.

    In this video Davi...

  13. instructed Fourth Pranayama Surya and Chandra Bhedana

    6m 23s · Downloadable

    Surya: Sun, solar, heating, right nostril
    Chandra: moon, lunar, cooling, left nostril
    Bhedana: clear, cleanse, free flowing

    Perform this kumbhaka in order to clear the two principal nadis, ida and pingala, also known as the sun and moon, and also to cleanse the overall system of nadis throughout the body.

    In this video David gives step by step instructions how to orient yourself in this pranayama.

  14. instructed Fifth Pranayama Sitali

    3m 53s · Downloadable

    Sitali: cooling

    Sitali is performed on the inhalation by opening the mouth, forming the lips into an "O," extending the tongue out of the mouth, and curling the ends into a funnel shape. Then draw the breath in across the tongue with a sucking noise and perform kumbhaka after completing the inhalation.

    In this video David gives step by step instructions how to orient yourself in this pranayama.

  15. Led Pranayama Sequence Ujjayi (Parts A and B)

    7m 18s · Downloadable

    Uj: upward, expansive
    Jaya: victorious
    Bahya: external
    Antara: internal
    Kumbhaka: retention

    It is natural and logical to retain the breath for a longer duration after inhalation than after exhalation. And this indicates that achieving the proper ration sorts itself out if you follow the guideline of not forcing your retentions.

  16. Led Pranayama Sequence Nadi Shodana (Parts A and B)

    10m · Downloadable

    Working with the technique of nadi shodana gives the discerning yogi an elementary means of regulating his prana. By manipulating the flow of breath through ida and pingala, he learns to direct prana's movements into shushumna. The repeated practice of nadi shodana and the other pranayama techniques helps the wise yogi attain vayu siddhi; he wins mastery of the movements of prana within his body, and thus is able to confine his prana in the middle ...

  17. Led Pranayama Sequence Bhastrika

    7m 5s · Downloadable

    To practice this pranayama technique you imitate the rhythmic pumping action of a blacksmith's bellows by rapidly contracting and releasing your abdomen and performing a long series of staccato, forced exhalations followed by immediate, reflexive inhalations.

    Bhastrika is also one of the six kriyas that are well known, important purifying practices in classic hatha yoga, and this points to its digestive cleansing benefits.

  18. Led Pranayama Sequence Surya and Chandra Bhedana

    6m 12s · Downloadable

    Surya: Sun, solar, heating, right nostril
    Chandra: moon, lunar, cooling, left nostril
    Bhedana: clear, cleanse, free flowing

    The solar right side is said to be like the sun: fiery, generating heat and light, active, and masculine. The lunar left side is said to be like the moon: cooling, receptive, dark, moist, and feminine. Through alternative nostril breathing and kumbhaka, and using this pranayama, you aim to balance your solar and lunar ene...

  19. Led Pranayama Sequence Sitali

    3m 49s · Downloadable

    Both techniques, ujjayi and sitali, involve narrowing the glottis. This action enables you to stretch, lengthen, and regulate your breath. With sitali you can experience the inhalation as a pull; draw the breath in with a suction like action, a sipping in of nectar.
    From the Shiva Samhita
    "When the skillful Yogi, knowing the laws of the action of prana and apana vayus, can drink the air through the contraction of the mouth, in the form of a crow ...

  20. Led Ashtanga Pranayama Sequence

    32m · Downloadable

    I suggest you learn the ashtanga pranayama sequence by slowly working your way through the sequence in small increments, the same way that you learn the ashtanga asana sequences. At first your practice will be short, only two to four minutes long, but you can extend the time by repeating what you already know until you feel ready to move forward in the sequence.

    When learning the different techniques of the five pranayamas, I suggest that you a...

  21. Are you breathing too loud or too soft in your asana practice?

    3m 2s · Downloadable

    Students often ask me, "Am I breathing too loud, heavy?" or "Am I breathing too soft, quiet?" My answer is that the breathing should be natural. Sri K Pattabhis Jois said the breath should be medium or free.
    When you are confused or frustrated about your breath it is best to align the sound of your ujjayi breathing with the directional movements of prana and apana vayus. Listen and follow the apanic route of the out-breath as it sweeps down th...

  22. Patterns of Apana and Prana Basics 101

    1m 32s · Downloadable

    Apana vayu governs the lower abdominal and pelvic region within the torso from the navel to the pelvic floor. By tuning into the pattern of apana vayu, the investigative yogi gains full knowledge of the intricacies of exhaling, including utilizing the full extent of subtle breathing muscles within the abdomen, pelvis, and pelvic floor.

    Prana Vayu governs the region of the chest cavity from the diaphragm to the collarbones and includes the lungs,...

  23. Jalandha Bandha Basics 101

    4m 58s · Downloadable

    Jalandhara: net, support,
    Bandha: lock, close, shut, re direct
    Chin Lock (net-holding lock. Like a fisherman would use to hold one end of his net beneath his chin, while casting out the rest of it).
    Jalandhara bandha, the chin lock, is an essential ashtanga yoga technique, it is the upper bandha of the three main bandha's. It's sphere of activity is in the region of the head, brain, palate, neck, and throat center along the middle axis ...

  24. Are there other seated positions I can do for my pranayama practice besides Lotus?

    4m 59s · Downloadable

    When setting up to sit for pranayama, nearly any upright position can be used. The material in the "Imagery for the Central Axis" section in my book provides a universal set of instructions that can be used for setting up any seated position in for pranayama.

    Remember to choose your pranayama seat carefully each time you practice. Be sure to adopt a position that enables you to sit tall with the head, torso, and hips in a true vertical line so ...

  25. How do I do the vishnu mudra hand position

    2m 21s · Downloadable

    Vishnu-sustainer god, pervader god,
    Mudra, seal, gesture

    Vishnu Mudra is the hand position used for the second (Nadi Shodhana) and fourth (Surya and Chandra Bhedana) pranayama in the Ashtanga Pranayama sequence.

    To perform vishnu mudra bring the right hand up in front of your face, palm facing inwards, draw your index and middle fingers into a tight curl, place the tip of the ring finger on the left nostril and the tip of the thumb on th...

  26. Build Pranayama Padmasana Directly Over Pelvic Floor

    1m 0s · Downloadable

    Be sure to adopt a position that enables you to sit tall with the head, torso, and hips in a true vertical line so that you can illuminate shushumna nadi through your study of breathing. The vertical axis can be thought of a spanning from the crown of the head down to the center of the pelvic floor and also upward from the pelvic floor to the crown.

  27. Why is Kumbhaka important in pranayama

    2m 0s · Downloadable

    The main reason why pranayama is one limb of only eight limbs in ashtanga yoga is because of the role that kumbhaka (breath retention) plays in concentrating awareness and contemplating the mind. Retaining the breath is a principle means of restraining thought, of brininging about the ultimate goal of yoga: "citta vrtti nirodha," the ceasing of the turnings of thoughts.

    If to retain the breath is to restrain the mind, then to successfully practi...