I found Ujjayi breath through my yoga practice. Even though yoga isn’t a daily (or weekly) part of my life lately, I am still using this breathing technique often. It was such a gift to have my birth partner, my husband, help me with Ujjayi breathing throughout M’s birth. I often use it when I am putting M to sleep. After she gets her bottle and I lay her down, my heart sometimes starts beating faster, anticipating her waking as I lay her down to sleep. I breath deeply, first filling the lower belly, then moving the breath into the lower rib cage, and finally into the upper chest and throat. I exhale through my nose and slow my heart rate and start to relax. I also do this when she’s crying and we both need to take it down a notch. I think she likes hearing me breathe, and it makes her settle down as well. Whenever I start to feel myself tense up, I try to activate this breathing and just relax. It’s been very helpful to me.
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