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Bhramari, Humming Bee Breath

By Yoga Lily 4 years ago
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Bhramari, Humming Bee Breath, Pranayama

How to do Bhramari Pranayama, Humming Bee Breath

Bhramari Pranayama – Humming Bee Breath lets us listen inwardly to the sound of our own breath which is deeply restorative. This practice calms the emotions. It relieves anger or anxiety because it reconnects us to the nurturing rhythmic pulsation within our own being. Regular practice instantly increases our sense of well-being.

Bhramari, Humming Bee Breath (variation) – Pranayama

Simple Bhramari with Shanmukhi Mudra (hands position)
Use your thumbs to gently push on the tragus of each ear—the bump of cartilage on the cheek side—to block the ear canal.

1. Choose any comfortable sitting posture such as kneeling, Easy Seated Pose, Perfect Pose Lotus Posture, or sit in a chair. You could sit on the floor and bend your knees up in front of you. Rest your elbows on your knees in front of you to close the small flaps on the front of your ears with your thumbs. Let the spine float taller and allow the heart centre to feel open without jutting the chest up and out in an artificial way. Keep a good degree of relaxation in the shoulders and neck, and face throughout.

2. Close the eyes and bring your attention inward to the belly, the heart, the throat, and then the head. Inhale slowly to a comfortable fullness. When you come to exhale make a humming sound in the pallet of the mouth. This is one round. Repeat for 10 rounds or continue for several minutes.

3. Since your exhalation is now considerably lengthened, it is important to inhale unhurriedly. Don’t rush into the next exhalation but take your time as you slowly fill the lungs with air.

Bhramari, Humming Bee Breath (traditional) – Pranayama

Traditional Bhramari with Shanmukhi Mudra (hands position)
Place one thumb on each tragus, the index fingers lightly touching the inner corners of your eyes, the middle fingers on the sides of the nose, the ring fingers above the lips, and the little fingers just below. Be sure to place only very light pressure on the eyes.

4. Move your awareness just to the humming sound. You may like to experiment with different pitches until you find one that feels pleasurable. Feel the vibration of the sound ripple through your brain. Observe the variations in the face, throat, chest, and the rest of the body.

5. Sit quietly when you are finished. Keep your eyes closed. You may observe the sensations of the sound vibration pulsing through your body for some time. Move a muscle! The stiller you sit, the deeper your powers of observation.



If you suffer from anxiety, depression, or claustrophobia, you may not enjoy the Traditional Shanmukhi Mudra hands position. You may find the Simple variation more relaxing.

Benefits of Bhramari Pranayama

Bhramari, a safe, easy-to-learn practice, has tremendous therapeutic potential. Like other pranayamas, its power comes partly from its effects on the autonomic nervous system (ANS). Lengthening the exhalation relative to the inhalation activates the calming parasympathetic branch of the ANS. For those who suffer from anxiety or anxious (rajasic) depression, the practice can begin to quiet the mind within a few breaths. The noise of bhramari’s incessant buzzing can drown out the endless mental tape loops that can fuel emotional suffering, at least for a few minutes, making it a useful starting point for those whose minds are too “busy” to meditate.

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Lily is an experienced certified yoga teacher, she teaches the traditional, relaxing and invigorating Yoga as practiced in Asia for thousands of years; it is a little more holistic in nature, meaning, it covers not just the physical aspects of yogic practice (like asanas or poses, mudras or locks), but also the breathing, meditation, mindfulness and restorative techniques sometimes lacking in the modern practice. Yoga is part of who she is, from practicing yoga in the parks of China as a child, to graduating from YogiYoga(China) Institute in 2007, Lily has loved helping and inspiring people ever since. You can help balance your mind and body to give a sense of wholeness and great happiness.