The word "Bhramari" comes from the sanskrit name bhramar which is Humming
black bee. The practice of bhramari breathing calms the mind, reduces the
stress or fight - flight response. It reduces celebral tensions, anger,
anxiety, insomnia, The blood pressure is also lowered. This pranayama is
very effective in speeding up the healing of body tissues and may be
practiced after surgeries.
The purpose of the Bhramari breathing is to reduce throat ailments. This
may have positive effect on the endocrine glands specially thyroids and
nervous system. In ancient text of Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Swami Swatmaram
says that person becomes Lord of Yogis and mind gets absorbed in the
supreme bliss. It has a calming effect on entire nervous system,
especially it stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which
induces muscular relaxation and is very effective in stress management.
So this pranayama is very effective for relaxation of body and mind.
In this pranayama one needs to create a sound while exhaling and inhaling
in the throat. The sound is similar to chanting of Om, especially the
long mmm.. in Omkar. The sound should be deep, steady and smooth
Practice - Note (Practice of Bhramari breathing should be done with a
Yoga Expert Only)
1. Beginners can start with deep breathing practice in sitting position (Padmasana
- Lotus, Swastikasana- Auspicious, Vajrasana - Thunderbolt, Any Cross
legged position in which the body can be relaxed and spine is erect.)
2. Then start inhaling through both nostrils, and then start creating
sound while you exhale.
3. Initially 4 seconds inhale through both nostrils while creating sound
while exhaling for 6 seconds through both nostrils, this can be practiced
for about 5 minutes.
4. With practice one can increase the counts to 4:8, or 5:10 or 6:12
5. Once the exhalation sound is mastered, one can start trying to create
similar sound while inhaling. The inhalation sound is very difficult, but
is possible with constant efforts.
*You may feel little cold or tingling sensation in the throat due to sound
but this is normal.
*Under No circumstances the proportion of the breathing should be forced.
*If you feel dizzy then please stop the practice and continue normal