Pranayama

Bhramari Pranayama – Bee Breathing Technique

January 25, 2016
Bhramari Prayanama or Bee breath

Bhramari Pranayama is one of the best Pranayamas or the breathing exercises. I have written earlier also that, I feel lucky to be part of Yoga group where I learnt a lot about various asanas and the breathing techniques.

Bhramari Pranayama is a very simple Pranayama and has multiple benefits. You can say it is a tonic for the brain.

If you practice this regularly, you will find a very positive effect on your body. It decreases stress, fatigue and high blood pressure.

This Pranayama can be practiced anywhere and it calms down the mind instantly.

It can de-stress you immediately and help you to control your anger.

Sanskrit meaning of Bhramari Pranayama

Bharmar is a type of black Indian bee.While exhalation we produce a sound of humming bee. Hence, can be translated as a pranayama in which we produce humming sound.

Pranayama ( Prana :Breath or Life force &  ayama means to extend or draw out).

How to do Bhramari Pranayama or Bee Breathing Technique

Bhramari Pranayama or Bee Breathing Technique

Bhramari Pranayama or Bee Breathing Technique

  • Sit in a comfortable position, either in Varjasana or Padmasana or Lotus pose.
  • Now close your ears with the help of your thumb. Don’t put your fingers inside your ears but on the cartilage.
  • Now close your eyes with the middle finger and index finger or you can place your index finger on forehead.
  • Keep your mouth closed.
  • Now inhale slowly and fill your lungs to maximum capacity.
  • Now slowly exhale, producing a humming sound from the throat.
  • You will feel the sound vibration in your head.
  • Once you exhale completely, you can start again the breathing exercise again.
  • Repeat it for 5 times and while practice you can increase the number of rounds.

Benefits of Bhramari Pranayama or Bee Breathing Technique

  • Already stated, this Pranayama has a calming effect on the brain.
  • It is said to provide relief when having a headache.
  • This  pranayama also helps in migraine.
  • It improves your blood pressure.
  • It helps to reduce your anger and frustration.
  • It is effective in removing the throat ailments.

 Precautions to be followed while Bhramari Pranayama or Bee Breathing Technique

  •  It should be performed on empty stomach.
  • People having heart disease are suggested not to hold the breath for long.
  • Try to practice it in open space.
  • If you feel uncomfortable while performing, you can stop this breathing exercise and start normal breathing.

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