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
- 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.