Bumblebee Breath

Definition - What does Bumblebee Breath mean?

Bumblebee breath is a yogic breathing exercise, or pranayama, that resembles the sound of a bumblebee's buzzing. It is also known as bee breath and humming breath in English, and as bhramari pranayama in Sanskrit.

Bumbleebee breath is typically practiced in a seated position, such as easy pose or lotus pose. The thumbs close off the ears, while the last three fingers cover the eyes. The inhale is through the nose, followed by an exhale through the nose with a buzzing or humming sound.

Yogapedia explains Bumblebee Breath

While often practiced with the mudra (yogic hand gesture) described to close off the senses and promote concentration, bumblebee breath can be practiced with the senses open and hands in a variety of positions, such as anjali mudra, or prayer position.

Bumblebee breath is credited with a variety of benefits. Like many forms of pranayama, it calms the mind, relaxes the body and soothes tension. It is also believed to have these additional benefits:

  • Eases thyroid and sinus problems
  • Reduces headaches
  • Boosts concentration and memory
  • Prevents insomnia
  • Benefits one's complexion
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