About Brahmari Pranayama
This is also known as the Humming Bee Pranayama. In Sanskrit the term Brahmari mean a bee, therefore as the name suggests the practice of this Pranayama requires one to take out a buzzing sound while inhaling and exhaling. When taking out a buzzing sound, the elements in our brain vibrates which thereby creates a soothing effect on the brain and the entire nervous system. This eases the nerves in our brain and helps us relax and this in turn helps counter problems like insomnia or other sleep disorders, depression, anxiety disorders and also benefits the endocrine system, immune system and the nervous system as well.
How to practice Brahmari Pranayama
The method is simple. Sit in a yogic pose like the Padmasana (Lotus Pose) or Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose). Cover both your ears with the thumb, place the index finger on your forehead and close your eyes with the remaining three fingers. Once in that position, inhale slowly and deeply through both your nostrils. Then exhale deeply and while exhaling make a slow buzzing sound from your throat. Remember to keep your lips shut. Repeat the process for 5-10 times but make sure that you do not tire yourself too much. Ideally you should spend two minutes practicing Anulom Vilom Pranayma before Brahmari Pranyama for better concentration.
Benefits of Brahmari Pranayama
Practicing Brahmari Pranayam will immediately have a claiming effect on your mind and it also helps in getting rid of stress and fatigue along with battling paralysis and migraines. This can also be performed during pregnancy since it helps in the effective working of the endocrine system which then helps ease child birth. This also helps in improving concentration powers and increasing the level of confidence since the body no longer retains all the negative energy.
The ultimate aim of Brahmari Pranayama is to bring together the cosmic and individual consciousness. While practicing this, the mind should concentrate on divine blessings being showered on the body, thereby making the individual complete. Focusing on such positive thoughts will help concentrate better. This breathing exercise should be practiced 10 to 20 times each day with regular breaks in between so that the body does not get tired.
In today’s times with the mounting pressures and demands at work, it is only natural that our body will be effected negatively thereby making us prone to sleeping disorders, high/low blood pressures, nervous breakdowns, neural failures etc. That all of this can be countered with the simple act of breathing should be a reason for us to celebrate. Yoga teaches us just that. It heals our body naturally, using systems and processes that are natural to us. And that is what has made this form of medication and meditation so popular here in India and the world abroad.