The word Bhramari derives from ‘Bhramar’ which means a roaring black bee. While practicing this pranayama, the seeker produces a humming sound from the nasal, a sound similar to the echo of a black bee, hence its name Bhramari. In the book Gherandasamhita of Yoga, Bhramari is described as inhaling and stopping by closing both ears with both hands.
Everyday practice of this pranayama causes the seeker to hear a variety of sounds in the right ear, such as the sound of a beet, flute, lightning, drum, bumblebee, clock-bell, trumpet, etc., and then finally the sound of anatom rising from the heart. It falls. An internal light beam arises from the mixing of this sound. In that light beam the brain dissipates and attains the highest peak of yoga called paramapada. According to Rishi Gherand, Bhramari Pranayama should be done three times a day.
Technique or Steps of Bhramri Pranayama:
- First of all you sit in Padmasana or Siddhasana or any comfortable state.
- Close your eyes.
- Keep the mouth closed and inhale deeply.
- Make a sweet humming sound while exhaling.
- Close both ears with the thumbs and exhale with the humming sound of a bee.
- It was a cycle.
- In this way you do 10 to 15 times. And then slowly do it for 10 to 15 minutes.
Benefits of Bhramri Pranayama:
- Calming the brain: Bhramari pranayama keeps the brain happy and calm.
- Stress: It relieves tension and nervousness.
- Reducing anger: It plays an important role in reducing anger.
- Practice of Samadhi: It takes consciousness deep inside and gives practice of Samadhi.
- In removing anxiety: This pranayama plays a very important role in reducing anxiety.
- Very important for depression: If you are suffering from depression, then practice this pranayama. It acts as a panacea in reducing depression.
- Lust: Reduces the mental and emotional effects of lust.
Precautions on Bhramri Pranayama:
- It should not be done during ear infections.
- A person suffering from heart disease should do this without Kumbhak.