Bhramari Pranayama




Bhramari Pranayama, also known as Humming Bee Breath, is a calming breathing practice that soothes the nervous system and helps to connect us with our truest inner nature. Bhramari is the Sanskrit word for “bee,” and this pranayama is so named because of the humming sound produced at the back of the throat during the practice—like the gentle humming of a bee.


Benefits

  • Calms and quiets the mind

  • Releases cerebral tension

  • Stimulates the pineal and pituitary glands, supporting their proper functioning

  • Soothes the nerves

  • Relieves stress and anxiety

  • Dissipates anger

  • Lowers blood pressure

  • Bolsters the health of the throat

  • Strengthens and improves the voice

  • Supports the healing of bodily tissues

  • Induces sound sleep

Contraindications

Bhramari should not be practiced by pregnant or menstruating women. It is also contraindicated for individuals with extremely high blood pressure, epilepsy, chest pain, or an active ear infection. Bhramari should not be practiced in a supine position (lying down).


When to Practice

Bhramari (as with most pranayamas) is best practiced on an empty stomach. While it can be practiced at any time of day, bhramari is particularly potent in the early morning and late at night—when there are fewer distracting noises and our inner perception is most acute.




How to Practice

Choose a comfortable sitting position. If you are able