Bhramari Pranayama: A Novice’s Handbook

Bhramari Pranayama: A Novice’s Handbook

We are all familiar with the phrase “Busy as a Bee”; it precisely depicts today's scenario as most of us work our 9 to 5 jobs and also take care of our families. Bhramari pranayama also known as the ‘bees breath’ is a wonderful technique to cut through the busyness of our daily lives. Bhramar means bee, and is named so because this technique involves producing a humming sound similar to the bees.

Working on the same principle, as to how sounds produce a vibration that calms the mind, Bhramari pranayama is one of the easiest pranayamas to perform and can be performed by all ages.

Read on further to know how to perform this technique and how it benefits a stressed mind.

How to perform Bhramari?

  • Sit in padmasana (lotus position), with your eyes closed and back erect.

  • Inhale Now take your hands and place them over your eyes in such a way that your thumbs cover the flaps of your ears, your index fingers placed just above the eyebrows and the rest of your fingers covering your eyes.

  • Apply gentle pressure on the sides of your nose using the tips of the fingers covering your eyes.

  • Now keep your mouth closed and exhale slowly while producing a soft ‘Ommmmm’ sound from the back of your throat.

  • Focus on this sound and feel your body connecting with positive energy and expelling all the impurities from the body.

  • Practice this technique at least 5 times while you could increase it based on your preference.

If you’re a beginner practice the placement of your hands as explained above, before performing this technique.

When to perform Bhramari?

  • When experiencing occasional stress; Bhramari pranayama helps calm the mind.

  • Before starting your day; this is the best time to practice this technique (because there are fewer disturbances) which will enable you to focus on the humming

  • When you are frustrated or angry; this pranayama works well to dissipate all the negative energy collecting in your body.

  • Before going to sleep; as this breathing exercise produces a humming sound that promotes restful sleep.

Benefits of Bhramari Pranayama

  • Strengthens and soothes the nerves.

  • Calms the mind and helps ease occasional stress.

  • Helps relax and promotes wholesome sleep.

  • Improves concentration and memory.

Precaution; Do not over burned your lungs or have strained breathing. If you feel dizzy during this technique, take a break and breath normally for a few minutes.This pranayama must be done preferably on an empty stomach with at least a 4 to 5 hour spacing between practice and your meal.

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