BEE BREATH (Bhramari Pranayama)
The Bhramari pranayama breathing technique derives its name from the black Indian bee called Bhramari. The exhalation in this pranayama resembles the humming sound of a bee, which explains its name wonderfully. Benefits include:
Instantly calms and de-stresses
Releases anger, agitation and frustration
Also helps hypertension, reduces blood pressure, cools the body, reduce headaches and migraines and improves concentration and memory.
This breath exercise can be practiced anywhere. The Bee Breath calms the nerves and soothes the areas around the brain and forehead. The humming sound vibrations have a natural calming effect and are a good start before deeper meditation techniques. Do this breath on an empty stomach. There are no other contra-indications
How to do Bhramari pranayama (Bee Breath)
Sit in asita pose in a relaxed and quiet atmosphere, with eyes closed
Observe the sensations in the body and connect to your still centre
Place your index fingers in your ears to create a seal on the cartilage (not inside the ear)
Take a deep breath in and as you breathe out, gently press the cartilage while making a loud humming sound like a bee (Note: The sound is best moderate to higher pitch, you can also make a low-pitched sound if it feels better) While humming keep your mouth closed.
Breathe in again and continue the same pattern 3-4 times
You can also do Bee Breath with your fingers in the Shanmukhi Mudra covering the eyes
Practicing and variations:
You can practice at the start, after warm up or later. You can also practice Bhramari pranayama lying on your back or lying on your right. You can practice the Bhramari pranayama 3-4 times a day.
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