Pranayama practice: Bhramari or Humming Bee
This pranayama practice is called Humming Bee by the characteristic sound it generates. It is a tranquillising exercise and it can be performed before going to sleep or as prelude to meditation.
The breath is the most vital process of the body. It influences the activities of each and every cell and, most importantly, is intimately linked with the performance of the brain.
Observing nature, one can easily notice the link between animals with slow breath rate and long life spans.
On the physical level, this happens because the respiration is directly related to the heart. A slow breathing rate keeps the heart stronger and better nourished and contributes to a longer life, as we have examined in more depth here: “Pranayama: the art & science of Breathing”
Tips for a safe pranayama practice:
- As a general rule, breathing exercises should be practiced on a empty stomach with bowels and bladder evacuated.
- Keep the eyes closed throughout as otherwise the mind will wander after outside objects and be distracted.
- Focus on the quality of your breath. It is not necessary to force or strain your inhalation and exhalation.
- Evenness of breathing leads to healthy nerves and so to evenness of mind and temper.
- Except few cases, breathing in pranayama is done through the nose only.
If you wish to expand your breathing practice, don’t forget to check out previous video about Alternate Nostril Breathing.
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