How To Practice Bee Breathing Or Bhramari Pranayama (The Humming Bee Breath)

Bee Breathing

Bhramari Pranayama is also known as Bee Breathing exercise or Humming Bee Breathing technique. Bhramari pranayama is one of the most popular pranayam in the entire yoga styles. The name ‘Bee’ meaning ‘Bhramar’ in Sanskrit means bumblebee. This yoga pranayama’s or breathing technique is originated from India.

This technique relates to breathing and concentrating the mind. Bhramari pranayama regulates our energy within our organism, in order to re-establish and continue our health and assist evolution. Pranayama helps us in meditation.

When can you do Bhramari Pranayama?

  • The ideal time to perform this Bhramari pranayama or bee breathing exercise is in the morning or else in the evening.
  • You need to be done the exercise empty stomach.
  • If you wish to practice this breathing exercise in the morning then you can try it after brushing and emptying out the bowels.
  • And, if you wish to do in the evening then you can take a gap of 3-4 hours after having your lunch.
  • To gain the overall benefits of this exercise, you should perform this pranayama after Anulom Vilom Pranayam.

Who can do Bhramari Pranayama?

  • People of any ages can practice this breathing exercise, including pregnant women. But we advise you to perform this with the help of a yoga teacher. If you are suffering from any disease or under a medical supervision then you should consult a physician before doing it.
Bee Breathing
Bee Breathing

How to practice Humming Bee Breathing?

  1. At first close your eyes and do focus on your breathing.
  2. Place your thumbs in your ears and your index fingers above your eyebrows, and your remaining along the sides of your nose. Keep each of your pinky finger near a nostril.
  3. Breathe in deep through your nose and feel the diaphragm move down, allowing the lungs to expand and forcing the abdomen, feel your chest expand with your collar bones rising last.
  4. Now you need to use your pinkies to partially close each nostril and keep your lungs filled.
  5. Now breathe out through the nose while humming.
  6. You can repeat it 2 – 3 times.

How many times you can do this exercise?

  • Generally, you can practice between 4 to 21 times. But for beginners, practice 4-5 times a day. You can take a gap if you need. Do not over practice or strain yourself. Enjoy the exercise.

Benefits of Bhramari Pranayama?

  • Best for releasing tension.
  • Best for calming your mind, anxiety and also good for reducing anger.
  • This exercise is very effective for hypertension.
  • Helps to make clarity of speech.
  • It helps you to boost your brain function and good for reducing depression.
  • Bhramari Pranayama is good for reducing migraine problems, reduces blood pressure, and improves concentration and memory power.

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