Bhramari Pranayama | An easy guide for Humming Bee Breath

This blog is about an easy guide for Bhramari Pranayama, which is also known as Humming Bee Breath, Bee Breath, Humming Bee Breathing, Bumblebee breathing, or Bumblebee breath.

It doesn’t matter what we call this Pranayama, what matters is to know the correct way to perform it, its benefits, contraindications, and precautions (this is what you will learn in this blog) and take maximum benefits out of Bhramari Pranayama.

Humming Bee Breath is one of the most beneficial pranayamas of all time and also it is recommended to almost everyone. Whether you practice yoga or not, Bee Breath should be a part of your daily morning routine for a fresh, calm, and energizing start to the day.

Bhramari Pranayama (Humming Bee Breath)
Bhramari Pranayama (Humming Bee Breath)

Brief Introduction

Bhramari Pranayama is one of the most effective breathing exercise, just after doing this for 3-4 minutes you will feel simply amazing and consistent practice of this pranayama can be a game changer in your life.

We can not exhale for more than 10-15 seconds if we do it normally. But, Humming Bee Breath allows us to exhale for a longer time, 45-60 seconds. Exhaling for long activates our ‘Chandra Nadi’ (parasympathetic nervous system) and this can benefit our body in many ways.

Bee Breath is often used for stress management, if you have any kind of stress related disease bhramari pranayama can do wonders for curing it.

Pronunciation

In order to pronounce Bhramari Pranayama, trying saying (Brah-mah-REE praa-nuh-yaa-muh)

Meaning

In Bhramari Pranayama, Bhramari means ‘Goddess of Bees’ or ‘The Goddess of Black Bee’, in which we need to create a humming sound like a bee, therefore it is also known as Humming Bee Breath and Pranayama means the practice of breath regulation.

Difficulty

Talking about the difficulty, Bhramari Pranayama is a Beginner friendly yogic practice.

Step-By-Step Instructions

How to do Bhramari Pranayama (Humming Bee Breath)

Step 1

For Bhramari Pranayama, sit in any comfortable position you like, but make sure to keep your spine straight and close your eyes. You can also seat on a chair or near a wall to support your back if you want. You can either keep your ears close or open. To keep your ears close, just cover your ears gently with your index finger (bend other fingers toward the palm) and make sure that your elbow is facing down while closing your ears.

Step 2

Now slowly take a deep breath in, and start making a humming sound (hmm……) like a bee. You can make a low-pitched sound if you want, but it is more beneficial to make a high-pitched sound.

Step 3

When you breathe in again, breathe in slowly and continue the pattern, but make sure you don’t open your eyes or remove your index finger from your ears (if you have closed your ears).
Do this for at least 5-10 times every day for better results, you can also do it more if you want.

Benefits

The benefits of Bhramari Pranayama (Humming Bee Breath) are as follow –

  • Regular practice can cure all stress-related disease
  • Stimulates all the organs in our body
  • Improves digestion
  • Provides relief from constipation
  • Helps the body relax
  • Calm the mind
  • Energizes the entire body
  • Improves memory
  • Helps in improving focus and concentration power
  • Beneficial for patients suffering from High Blood Pressure, Ulcer, Arthritis

Precautions

None. Anyone can do this magical pranayama anytime (even after a heavy meal) and get numerous benefits from it in just a few minutes for daily practice.

Note – ‘There are many sources that say Bhramari Pranayama should not be performed during the menstrual period or pregnancy, if you have any of these problems then consider talking to your doctor or an experienced yoga teacher about the same.

Safety Measures

If you want to perform Bhramari Pranayama for a long duration then consider keeping your hands down instead of closing your ears with your hands (index finger), this will help you to avoid the pain in your hands and will allow you to concentrate more on your practice!

Beginner’s Tip

If you want to take maximum benefits from Bhramari Pranayama then before Bee Breath you can practice some chest opening posture like Bhujangasana, Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, Matsyasana, and also few sets of Surya Namaskar (after proper warm-up).

What After Bhramari Pranayama (Humming Bee Breath)

After Bhramari Pranayama, the best practice is considered as Udgeeth Pranayama, which is very similar to Humming Bee Breath. In Udgeeth Pranayama you need to make a sound of OM (Ooooooooomm) instead of the Humming sound of a bee.

Udgeeth Pranayama
Udgeeth Pranayama

Note – You don’t have to close your ears with your index finger in Udgeeth Pranayama as you do in Bee breath, rest of the steps are the same. To learn more about Udgeeth Pranayama, Check out our blog on it!

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

How to pronounce Bhramari Pranayama?

In order to pronounce Bhramari Pranayama, trying saying (Brah-mah-REE praa-nuh-yaa-muh)

What does Bhramari Pranayama means?

In Bhramari Pranayama, Bhramari means ‘Goddess of Bees’ or ‘The Goddess of Black Bee’, in which we need to create a humming sound like a bee, therefore it is also known as Humming Bee Breath and Pranayama means the practice of breath regulation.

What are the benefits of Skull Shining Breath?

The benefits of Bhramari Pranayama (Humming Bee Breath) are as follow –
1. Regular practice can cure all stress-related disease
2. Stimulates all the organs in our body
3. Improves digestion
4. Provides relief from constipation
5. Helps the body relax
6. Calm the mind
7. Energizes the entire body
8. Improves memory
9. Helps in improving focus and concentration power
10. Beneficial for patients suffering from High Blood Pressure, Ulcer, Arthritis

How to do Bhramari Pranayama perfectly?

To perform Bhramari Pranayama perfectly follow these 3 steps:
Step 1 – For Bhramari Pranayama, sit in any comfortable position you like, but make sure to keep your spine straight and close your eyes. You can also seat on a chair or near a wall to support your back if you want. You can either keep your ears close or open. To keep your ears close, just cover your ears gently with your index finger (bend other fingers toward the palm) and make sure that your elbow is facing down while closing your ears.
Step 2 – Now slowly take a deep breath in, and start making a humming sound (hmm……) like a bee. You can make a low-pitched sound if you want, but it is more beneficial to make a high-pitched sound.
Step 3 – When you breathe in again, breathe in slowly and continue the pattern, but make sure you don’t open your eyes or remove your index finger from your ears (if you have closed your ears).
Do this for at least 5-10 times every day for better results, you can also do it more if you want.

What After Bhramari Pranayama?

After Bhramari Pranayama, the best practice is considered as Udgeeth Pranayama, which is very similar to Humming Bee Breath. In Udgeeth Pranayama you need to make a sound of OM (Ooooooooomm) instead of the Humming sound of a bee.

Learn More about ‘Chandra Nadi’ (Parasympathetic Nervous System) by clicking here!

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