Free Your Mind ... Hum It Like A Bee
By Leila El Krekshi
Bhramari Pranayama or the humming Bee Breathing technique is a very effective practice that instantly calms your mind down. It is one of the best breathing exercises, and as a matter of fact one of my favorite breathing techniques i like to share with my clients to help release mind and body of frustration and anxiety. It is also a useful starting point for those whose minds are too distracted to meditate.
This simple-to-do technique has a direct effect on the visuddhi chakra, a vital energy center in the throat region. It also stimulates the talu chakra, in the roof of the mouth, which controls the activities of the pineal and pituitary glands. The latter in turn controls the subtle biochemistry of the body.
The vibration produced by this technique soothes the nervous system, and produces a profound effect in the entire body and mind, reaching a state of self absorption. With regular practice bhramari, can also relieve insomnia, sinus infections, thyroid problems, and stress and reduce blood pressure.
How To Practice Bhramari Pranayama (Humming Bee Breath)
- Practice bhramari on an empty stomach for 5 rounds, gradually building up the practice, as long as you find the practice pleasant and comfortable.
- Sit in a comfortable seated position, on the floor, or chair, keeping your spine erect. Place your index fingers on the forehead and with the remaining fingers close your eyes. Both your thumbs gently pressed into your ears, to get an overall sense of more inward focus, and disconnecting from the outer world.
- Take a deep and slow breath in through both nostrils, feeling the abdomen and chest expand.
- Bykeeping your mouth gently closed, breath out by exhaling OM in a soft humming sound bee like “hmmmm”. The bee-like hum of brahmari should be felt as a vibration in the nasal chamber as you place your tongue softly toward the roof of the mouth. Repeat for few rounds.
- If you feel any symptoms of mild hyperventilation, such as dizziness or a general feeling of agitation, switch to normal breathing and stop practicing for the day.
To feel the full benefit of the practice, sit quietly with your eyes closed after your last round as you feel the palpable stillness in your mind and body.