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Bhramari Pranayama: Empower the Mind Through Bee Breathing

Bhramari Pranayama: Empower the Mind Through Bee Breathing

This breathing exercise’s name originated from the black Indian bumble bee. The practice is about creating the vibrations of a buzzing bee through the throat. Bhramari Pranayama is an effective way to calm the mind instantly anytime, anywhere.

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The vibrations that the buzzing sound produce during the lengthened exhalations impacts the parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for telling our body that it’s time to relax and turn off our fight or flight reflex, helping us to sleep easier. It relieves anxiety and anger, lowering stress levels. This breathing exercise also helps lower blood pressure and ease headaches. It improves memory and focus, and builds up confidence. It also boosts the pituitary and pineal gland so that they function to their fullest potential. Practicing Bee Breathing is one of the easiest ways to effectively tune out the noise of our daily lives and give our mind time to relax and recharge.

Relieve it now.

Sit in a comfortable position. Use a cushion if needed to keep the natural curve of the spine. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Seal your ears lids using your thumbs and place your index fingers above the eyebrows and allow the remaining fingers to gently cover your eyes. Fill your lungs as you inhale, bringing your chin closer to your chest and exhale while your tongue is resting behind the front upper teeth, creating a humming sound in the throat. You will feel the physical vibrations in your face, throat and jaws. Keep your lips slightly parted and allow the muscles in your face and jaw to relax. Do not force anything and if you feel you’re running out of breath, stop and continue with normal breathing. Breathe deeply and keep your concentration between the brows. Continue the practice for at least five minutes.

Keep in mind.

Bhramari Pranayama shouldn’t be practiced if you have any health issues such as an ear infection or epilepsy. Also women during their menstruation and pregnancy are advised to seek their doctor’s personal opinion before starting the practice. This exercise is recommended to be done during morning or late at night on an empty stomach or 3-4 hours after having a meal. Bhramari Pranayama is also a good preparation for your state of meditation as you withdraw your senses, after warming up as you approach postures, and as a release after a yoga session.

Like other pranayamas or breathing exercises, Bhramari have numerous benefits to those who allow the practice to manifest freely. Notice the changes that take place as soon as you finish practicing, both to the body and the mind. Indulge on the overflowing calmness. Share the experience. Internalize the practice. Bhramari Pranayama does not have any prerequisites. All you need is the intention to calm the body and mind. With regular practice, composure is developed, extending calmness and clarity of mind on and off the mat.

Gear your mind with a simple yet effective way of counteracting our modern world’s chaos while developing a strong and open mind!