Bhramari Pranayama or Humming Bee Breathing – Steps Benefits and Precautions

Bhramari Pranayama or Humming Bee Breathing – Steps Benefits and Precautions

Bhramari comes from the Sanskrit word ‘Bramar’ which means a kind of black bee. Bhramari pranayama has a soothing effect on the brain and calms the mind.

How to do Bhramari pranayama

1. Sit up straight in a quiet, well ventilated corner with your eyes closed. Keep a gentle smile on your face

2. Keep your eyes closed for some time. Observe the sensations in the body and the quietness within

3. Place your index fingers on your ears. There is a cartilage between your cheek and ear. Place your index fingers on the cartilage.

4. Take a deep breath in and as you breathe out, gently press the cartilage. You can keep the cartilage pressed or press it in and out with your fingers, while making a loud humming sound like a bee

5. You can also make a low-pitched sound but it is a good idea to make a high-pitched one for better results

6. Breathe in again and continue the same pattern 3-4 times.

Note: The video above is in Hindi language. If you didn’t understand Hindi, watch this video from 1:35 to 2:10 seconds. From 1:35 to 2:10 is the demonstration of Bhramari pranayama.

Benefits of Bhramari pranayama (Bee Breath)

1. Gives instant relief from tension, anger and anxiety. It is a very effective breathing technique for people suffering from hypertension as it calms down the agitated mind.

2. Gives relief if you’re feeling hot or have a slight headache

3. Helps mitigate migraines

4. Improves concentration and memory

5. Builds confidence

6. Helps in reducing blood pressure

7. Helps calm the mind in preparation for meditation

Precautions for doing Bhramari pranayama

1. Ensure that you are not putting your finger inside the ear but on the cartilage

2. Don’t press the cartilage too hard. Gently press and release with the finger

3. While making the humming sound, keep your mouth closed

4. You can also do Bhramari pranayama with your fingers in the Shanmukhi Mudra

5. Do not put pressure on your face

6. Do not exceed the recommended repetitions of 3-4 times.

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