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Bhramari Pranayama

Bhramari Pranayama, often referred to as the “Bee Breath,” is a calming and meditative breathing exercise in yoga. This technique involves producing a humming sound during exhalation, which is believed to have soothing effects on the nervous system. Here’s a detailed process on how to perform Bhramari Pranayama

Step by Step Guide to Bhramari Pranayama

a. Sit Comfortably:
- Find a quiet and clean place to sit comfortably. You can sit in a cross-legged position (Padmasana or Sukhasana) on a cushion or yoga mat.
- Keep your spine straight, shoulders relaxed, and hands resting on your knees.

b. Relaxation:
- Take a few deep breaths to relax your body and mind.
- Close your eyes and maintain a calm and focused state.
  • Optionally, you can use Shanmukhi Mudra (closing the six gates) to enhance the meditative aspect of Bhramari Pranayama:
  • Gently close your eyes with your index fingers.
  • Place your thumbs on your ears, closing them.
  • Rest your remaining fingers lightly over your closed eyelids.
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a. Inhalation:
- Inhale deeply and slowly through both nostrils, filling your lungs with air.

b. Exhalation (Humming Sound):
- Exhale slowly and evenly through your nose while creating a humming sound similar to the buzzing of a bee.
- Allow the humming sound to be gentle and resonate within your head. Focus on the sound and its vibration.
  • Begin with 5-10 rounds initially.
  • Gradually, as you become more comfortable, you can increase the number of rounds to 15-20.
  • Direct your attention inward, focusing on the humming sound and the vibration it produces.
  • Feel the resonance in your head and face as you hum.

You can incorporate a silent mantra or positive affirmation during the practice for added mindfulness and relaxation.

  • Bhramari Pranayama can be seamlessly integrated into a meditation practice.
  • After the rounds, sit quietly with closed eyes, maintaining awareness of the after-effects of the practice.
  • After the desired number of rounds, gradually transition to natural breathing.
  • Release the Shanmukhi Mudra if used.
  • Sit quietly for a moment, observing any changes in your state of mind and body.


Gentle Humming

Ensure that the humming sound is gentle and not forced.


Keep the facial muscles relaxed while producing the humming sound.


If you experience discomfort or dizziness, stop the practice and resume normal breathing.


Regular practice enhances the calming effects of Bhramari Pranayama.

Bhramari Pranayama is known for its ability to reduce stress, calm the mind, and improve concentration. It’s a beneficial practice for those seeking relaxation and a sense of inner peace. If you have any respiratory conditions or concerns, it’s advisable to consult a healthcare professional or a qualified yoga instructor before practicing Bhramari or any other pranayama technique.

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