Bhramari Pranayama (Bee Breath) for anxiety, stress & insomnia

 

Who doesn’t love a buzzing vibration filling up their skull? I didn’t! Or I thought I didn’t, until I seriously tried it.

This simple pranayama or breathing technique brings such calmness and clarity to me now, every time I do it. But it used to annoy the heck out of me the first times I tried it. I guess the teacher counts, and so does the timing and your patience.

Once you embrace Bhramari pranayama as your go to breathing technique when you feel stressed or unsettled, or maybe as a sedative to buzz out the crippling mental chatter that won’t let you get your snooze on, you’ll be as happy as a buzzing bee ūüôā

How to do it:

  1.  Breathe in through your nose
  2.  Get a full yogic breath in (abdominal, thoracic and clavicular) Рfill up your lungs
  3.  As you exhale, push the air out through the back of your throat, making the bee buzzing sound.

Benefits:

  • ¬†calms down anxiety
  • ¬†releases tension, stress & overwhelm
  • ¬†helps with headaches and migraines
  • ¬†balances the nervous system
  • ¬†helps with the thyroid
  • ¬†improves insomnia
  • … much much more

 

How does it do all that?

By balancing the nervous system.

It works with the Autonomic Nervous System. When you exhale longer than you inhale, the parasympathetic nervous system kicks in and relaxes you, which in turn helps with all of the above. Then there’s the vibration itself that soothes and grabs the attention of the overly chatty mind.

Modifications:

Try different pitch (low, medium, high) and see which one works for you best. As for the thyroid, if you tuck your chin in, you might feel the vibration directed right to it.

Try it for 5-10 minutes every day for a week and you’ll feel the difference.

It might become you go-to calming + clarity tool! Just like it is for me!

Bees’ up!

 

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