Bhramari Pranayama which is also known as Humming Bee Breath is a breathing technique. Find how to practice step by step and its benefits. Pranayama is known as vital energy control or breathing control, it is an integral part of yoga practices. Among the eight limbs of Patanjali’s Ashtanga yoga pranayama is in 4th place. The major aim of practicing pranayama is to gain control over breathing and make it as slow as possible because the slower we breathe the longer we live.
We only utilize 10-20 % of the total capacity of our lungs while breathing in an automatic manner (shallow breathing)
There are a number of pranayama practices mentioned in yoga texts which are emphasizing one’s physical and mental well-being. One such pranayama practice is known as Bhramari– “the humming bee breath”. Bhramari pranayama is a very popular practice that has been widely followed by people around the world as it has countless benefits added to it. A huge number of people took the help of these beautiful pranayama practices during Covid-19 as this practice showed great results for them and had been recommended by the Indian government to everyone across the country. This also help for stress relief.
In Bhramari pranayama one has to take deep breaths in and while expanding exhalations they have to make a humming sound like a bee which creates strong soothing vibrations in the entire body, especially in the brain, and hence soothes the nervous system. This yoga practice greatly slows down our breathing rate as it becomes easy to exhale for longer while humming compared to without humming.