Bhramari breath (Bee’s breath)
The continuous buzzing sound of Bhramari breath brings me into a state of peace, calm and lightness like no other form of breathing. I practice it with my students when they have sinuses issues -ideal for the allergy season-, depression and symptoms of stress, such as anxiety and insomnia.
Some schools of yoga often make it more complicated than it needs to be. The technique of Bees’ breath is simple, and the effects deep and long lasting...just one word of warning: at the beginning you might feel a bit silly doing this, but if you can move past this -and practice somewhere on your own-, it will be worth it.
- Place your fingers on the sides of your head, being careful to cover the ears with the thumbs (see images above for the traditional version -with eyes covered-, and the modified variation). Make sure you are sitting comfortably, shoulders down and soft, and your eyes closed.
- First,take a few breaths. When you feel ready, inhale deeply in the belly and exhale through gently closed lips, making the humming sound of a bee. Feel the gentle vibration in your head, and when the exhalation is finished, inhale again and continue in a steady rhythm. Every exhalation should be long and slow with this relaxing humming sound.
- When you stop, in your own time, it is important to have a few minutes of silence. Listen to the echo of your own sound and enjoy the moment.
Practice any time you feel the need to go inside, in moments of stress or when you feel overwhelmed by life’s doings. It is ideal first thing in the morning -at sunrise- or just before bed time.
For more tips on Bhramari breath please check https://yogainternational.com/article/view/5-ways-to-practice-bhramari
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