Definition - What does Bhramari Pranayama mean?
Bhramari pranayama is the action of making a light humming sound while practicing pranayama, or yogic breathing. Bhramari is a Sanskrit word derived from bhramar, which means “humming black bee.”
This pranayama is practiced in a a comfortable seated position such as lotus pose. In a four or six count breathing pattern, the yogi makes a humming sound similar to the buzz of a bee during the exhale of the breath. Once the sound on the exhale is mastered, a sound can also be attempted during the inhale.
Bhramari pranayama is also known as humming breath in English.
Yogapedia explains Bhramari Pranayama
Bhramari pranayama is considered to be beneficial for thyroid and sinus problems due to the affect of the buzzing sound's vibrations. Many yogis also consider this breathing technique to alleviate stress, anger, tension in the mind, insomnia and anxiety. The believed benefits of bhramari pranayama stem from the concept that the soothing buzzing sound is beneficial for both body and mind.
Yogis may choose to practice this breathing technique with a mudra, or with a finger in each ear and remaining fingers over the eyes in order to reduce other auditory or visual stimulation and fully take in the relaxing effects of the sound.