Humming Bee Breath

Bharamari or (Humming Bee Breath)

The word “Bhramari” comes from the Sanskrit word “bhramar” which means “humming black bee.” Bhramari breathing is a gentle buzzing sound made in throat and channelled up through the sinuses. It takes no special training to do. Just hum. And hum. But try to make it come out your nose.

Strange at it may seem for those who do not (yet) practise yoga, bhramari breath truly lives up to its billing: it calms the mind, reduces stress, tension, anger, anxiety and insomnia. It can lower your blood pressure and can speed up healing. It is a good pranayama (meditative breathing technique) to practice after surgery.  Try doing it before you fall asleep. Just for a few minutes.

Bhramari breathing can have a positive effect on throat ailments, possibly influencing the endocrine glands (thyroid) and the parasympathetic nervous system, which can induce muscular relaxation..

It is written in the ancient Hatha Yoga Pradipika that a person may become Lord of Yogis and their mind may become absorbed in supreme bliss by performing bhramari breath regularly.

Here’s how to do it: Create a sound while exhaling and inhaling in the throat, similar to the chant of “Om.” Draw out the “mmmmm” as long as possible, in one deep, steady, smooth breath. Rest for a moment, then take another long, deep breath and exhale. “Mmmmmmmmm.”

Imitate this sound of the bees. You’ll feel relaxed and comforted. Just like being around actual bees.