Benefits of Bhramari Pranayama
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
How to do Bharmari
Sit in a suitable relaxed posture and cover your ears by pressing tragus with the help of thumbs. Place your index fingers on the forehead. From the remaining fingers close your eyes. Take breath from both nostrils. Start exhaling while making bee like humming sound. Keep reciting “OHM” in the mind Imagine that divine bliss is descending on you, that deep divine wisdom fills your entire being.
The left or right nostril is used simultaneously. Let us understand the process systematically
- Pooraka: First do Rechaka and then do Pooraka. The sound that you create will seem hoarse but with gradual practice it becomes like humming bee after some time. Its pitch should be lower than Rechaka. This is called Bhramar Dhwani then Kumbhaka is performed.
- Kumbhaka: When the Pooraka is completed, both the nostrils are closed with pranavmudra. In this situation all the three band has are fixed and Kumbhaka is performed. There is no sound in Kumbhaka.
- Rechaka: The Rechaka generate sound as in Pooraka. And its pitch is more in volume than that in Pooraka. This is known as hraamari Naad.
Practice this 11 to 21 times daily. But do not overload and take a break when required. This can be practiced anytime but if you feel stressed or fatigued this will help you.
Scientific aspect of Bharmari Pranayama
Benefits of Brahmari Pranayama
Pranayama cultivates a deep connection with the flow of life force (Prana) throughout your body. Further, Brahmari helps reduce stress and anxiety, expand joy and let you to relax both physically and mentally. Moreover, the inhalation clears and vibrates the throat. Other benefits of Brahmari include:
- Invigorates the thyroid gland increasing metabolism
- Balances hormonal secretion
- Triggers serotonin release, resulting in balanced moods
- Helps balance blood sugar
- Helps oxidizes fats in the body
- Very good for Alzheimer’s disease
- Brahmari pranayama has helped cure migraine in the majority of sufferers.
- Practices like Brahmari pranayama act on the brain and produce quick and lasting relaxation.
- Brahmari pranayama is extremely beneficial to heart patients as it helps maintain overall working of the cardiovascular system.
- It helps in releasing heat from the body through perspiration and helps you feel rejuvenated.
- It is also very beneficial in regulating blood circulation within the body and lowering blood pressure.
- Bhramari breathing exercises should be performed regularly for controlling respiratory disorders, asthma and thyroid problems. People suffering from heart disease and diabetes can also benefit greatly from bhramari pranayam.
- Bhramari breathing exercises can be performed during pregnancy to regulate the endocrine system and maintain a healthy pregnancy.
- It is also said to facilitate easy child birth when practiced regularly through the pregnancy tenure.
- It improves the functioning of the nervous system.
- The humming vibrations of the Bhramari pranayam activate the pituitary gland which is one of the major glands in the body.
- Regular practice of this pranayam can help improve concentration and alertness.
- It helps awaken the Kundalini.
- When practiced during pregnancy, it is believed to help regulate hormones and ensure a trouble-free labor and delivery.
- This pranayam can help reduce migraines.
- It can help treat paralysis.
- It can cure insomnia.