Pranayama: Brahmri Breath
This calming a grounding breathing exercise “Brahmri breath,” (also often called the humming bee breath), is great for soothing anxiety and creating a withdrawl of the senses, also called “pratyahara,” to bring the awareness back to self and center.
To practice the Brahmri breathing exercise, sit in a comfortable position.
If your knees lift above your hips, place a block or pillow underneath your seat to create a lift in your lower spine.
Bring your thumbs to gently cover your ears (so you can’t hear, and you create a withdrawl of the senses), place your forefinger over your eyebrow (to stimulate the sinuses), and the rest of the fingers frame the sinuses of the nose. Press gently on the face with the fingers.y
The goal of the breath exercise is to create a stable “humming” sound to vibrate from the throat down the center line of the body and into the earth. As you practice the humming sensation, really tune into the sensation created in your body, to bring your awareness towards the subtleties of the body. Begin by practicing seven breaths in the morning or evening, then increasing one more breath rep. each week until you reach 20 breaths.
After you finish your breaths, take a moment to breath normally, and notice how you feel in your new perception of stillness.
From the anatomical perspective, this breath exercise opens the hips, strengthens the biceps, core and biceps. This pranayama exercises not only exercises and tonifies the lung capacity, but also tonifies the Vagus nerve through the vibration of the vocal chords.
This breathing exercise is great for the Vata Dosha, as the vibrational motiom of the sound “hum” starts at the throat and moves downward, activating the downward movement of prana also called “Apana.”
The downward vibration created through the humming sound stimulates and tonifies the pineal, pituitary, hyptothalmus, thyroid, thymus, adrenals, pancreas, and reproductive glands, while the pressure from the fingers stimulate the bladder, stomach and triple warmer meridians.
The breath exercise stimulates the ida, pingala and shushumna nadis and inspires awakening of all the chakras.