Bhramari Pranayama - The Humming Bee Breath
Bhramari Pranayama or the humming Bee Breath produces a sound similar to the humming of a bee. Bhramari comes from the Sanskrit word ‘Bramar’ which means a kind of black Indian bee. Bhramari pranayama has a soothing effect on the brain and calms the mind.
Bhramari Pranayama or the Humming Bee Breath produces a sound similar to the humming of a bee.
Bhramar = Humming bee
In Bhramari pranayama the humming sound is produced during slow exhalation. The eyes and ears are closed using the fingers during this process. This cuts off external sense inputs of sound and sight and helps to internalize the consciousness.
Practice of Bhramari pranayama can be a prelude to Nada Yoga or the science of meditation on internal sounds.
How to Do Bhramari Pranayama
- Sit in a comfortable meditative pose. Padmasana, Siddasana, Swasthikasana or even Sukhasana can be used as a sitting posture. Keep the spine erect. Do not do this in a lying down position.
- Breathe normally and relax the whole body.
- Keep the mouth closed and the teeth apart.
- Plug both the ears with the index fingers and close the eyes. Some also use the thumb to close the ears. In this variation, the eyes are kept closed by using the middle finger.
- Take a slow deep breath and fill the lungs fully.
- Then exhale slowly, making a continuous humming sound from the throat. The sound should reverberate in the head.
- Feel the sound vibration in the head. Be aware of only the continuous drone that the sound produces. This drone is similar to the humming sound of the bee.
- This is one round.
- Start with 3-6 rounds and increase it as per your convenience.
Silent BhramariOnce again, settle in for a breath or two to prepare. Now do six more cycles of basic bhramari (with sound).
After your sixth round, switch to silent bhramari, in which you imagine making the buzzing sound on each exhalation.
Do for six rounds. Notice whether you can still sense vibrations in your face and sinuses.
- It calms the nerves and reduces tension and anxiety.
- It helps to reduce anger and frustrations.
- It gives the practitioner a good sonorous voice. It can also help remove throat ailments.
- It helps to reduce blood pressure.
- Builds confidence.
- It is helpful in preventing heart blockages.
- It helps with inducing deep sleep.
- Chest pain
- Ear infection
- Ensure that you are not putting your finger inside the ear but on the cartilage.
- Don’t press the cartilage too hard. Gently press and release with the finger.
- While making the humming sound, keep your mouth closed.
- Do not put pressure on your face.
- Do not overstrain yourself and if you are a beginner do not practice more than 3-4 rounds.
Note: Bhramari Pranayama should be practiced with an empty stomach or at least four to five hours after your meal.