Tiffany Wood Yoga

Tip of the Month: How to Practice Bhramari Pranayama (Bee Breath)

Tiffany Wood demonstrates pranayama, bees breath

How to Practice Bhramari Pranayama (Bee Breath)

1. Sit up straight with your eyes closed. Release your lips, jaw, and the base of your tongue.

2. Hand placement: (See photo for example)

  • Place your thumbs on the cartilage between your cheek and ear. Using your thumb tip, close the opening of your ear by gently pressing the cartilage.
  • Place your index & middle fingers gently over your eyes with the tips of your fingers between your inner eye and the bridge of your nose. Do not press down on your eyes.
  • Place the tip of your ring finger gently above your nostrils and your pinky fingers just above your upper lip.

3. Inhale through your nose and as you exhale, make a loud humming sound like a bee.

4. Breathe in again and continue the same pattern for 6-7 times.

5. Release your hands to your thighs and abide in your natural breath until you feel inspired to repeat Bhramari Pranayama. Follow this pattern for 9 cycles or until you feel calmer.

Practice the Bee pranayama 3-4 times every day to really embrace its profound effects! The longer you sustain the humming exhalation, the more relaxing the Bee Breath is likely to be—but forcing the breath beyond your capacity can have the reverse effect, causing even more stress. So don't force yourself to maintain any particular speed. Inhale whenever necessary, and let the buzzing sound last as long as it is comfortable. Finally, spend a few breaths sitting quietly and noticing whether there are any changes in your breath or mood.

Benefits of Bhramari Pranayama

  • Relieves tension, anger and anxiety
  • Relieves hypertension as it calms down the agitated mind
  • Helps mitigate migraines
  • Improves concentration and memory
  • Helps in reducing blood pressure
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