I'm thrilled to be here with my son to share a practice that has become a game-changer for our peace of mind. Today, I want to dive into one of my favorite processes for managing nerves and calming the chaos within—the Bhramari Pranayama, also known as the "bumblebee breath."
The Origin of Bhramari:
Wondering about the peculiar name? Bhramari Pranayama, named after the bumblebee, derives its title from the soothing hum produced during the practice. Picture this: inhale through the nose, exhale through the mouth, and create a gentle, nasal humming sound. This resonates with the vibrations at the base of the brain and the top of the soft palate, mimicking the calming effect of placing a baby in a vibrating crib.
To demonstrate, I'll show you how to close your ears by gently bending your fingers over the ear holes, creating a cocoon of stillness. The key here is to be mindful of the breath—avoid exhaling longer than inhaling to prevent dizziness. The essence lies in the reduction of stimulation, allowing the senses to relax from their constant alertness.
Application Beyond Sleep:
While Bhramari Pranayama is fantastic for promoting restful sleep, we've found it beneficial in various situations. Whether faced with the hectic pace of a busy freeway or dealing with anxiety, you can even practice with your eyes open. The hum, combined with focused breathing, induces a noticeable reduction in anxiety and an overall sense of calm.
A Word of Caution:
In the quest for relaxation, remember not to overdo it. Aim for a set of 17 cycles, but even a few can make a significant difference. It's about finding what works best for you.
I invite you to try Bhramari Pranayama and experience the soothing magic it brings. Whether you're seeking tranquility before bedtime or a moment of respite amidst a stressful day, this practice has the potential to be your go-to tool for calming the mind.
Enjoy the journey of soothing your nerves—one breath at a time.
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