Bhramari pranayama steps and benefits
Bhramari Pranayama benefits are another key reason to integrate it into your yoga and pranayama.
Yoga and Bhramari breathing have been around for thousands of year. It’s because they both work very well.
It is a pranayama (or breathing meditation) where one makes the sound like a bumble bee in the base of the throat.
It’s sometimes also called bee breathing, bumble bee breathing, or Bhramari breath.
Exhaling makes a sound that is a bit like a bumble bee. The slow humming sound slows down the length of exhalation.
Bhramari Pranayama Benefits
Bhramari Pranayama soothes the nervous system.
The sound draws the mind inward away from all external distractions. So it allows the practitioner to focus on the vibration of the breath.
Bhramari breathing is recommended when the mind is very busy, or when feeling agitated or distressed. It will also help with insomnia.
So this post will discuss bhramari pranayama steps and benefits.
Recently, science has been able to explain why this type of pranayama is so effective in lowering stress levels. For a start, it works via the autonomic (unconscious) nervous system.
It turns out that the slowing down of the exhalation initiates the so-called “rest and digest” part of the nervous system. It’s also called the parasympathetic nervous system. The vagus nerve is a key part of it.
Activating this part of your nervous system, instead of the alternative sympathetic (“fight and flight”) nervous system, calms us down.
But that’s only part of the explanation.
Bhramari pranayama and nitric oxide
The humming produces nitric oxide in the nose.
During Bhramari Pranayama, studies have shown that there is a staggering 1500% increase in nitric oxide.
Nitric oxide is therefore one of the key factors in producing the Bhramari Pranayama benefits you experience.
What is nitric oxide? Why is it so important to Bhramari Pranayama?
In 1998, three scientists got the Nobel Peace prize for their discoveries concerning nitric oxide. They found it was a signaling molecule in the cardiovascular system.
It a colourless gas that relaxes the inner muscles of the blood vessels. The vasodilation causes blood vessels to widen and increase circulation.
So the ability of your body to produce nitric oxide is incredibly important for so many aspects of our health. Take heart disease, which is our number one killer.
Nitric oxide released into the respiratory tract during Bhramari pranayama helps lower elevated blood pressure, improve the tone of the blood vessels, and keep the respiratory system healthy.
Sinus ventilation dramatically increases with humming pranayama (compared to quiet exhalation pranayama).
Use Bhramari pranayama and nitric oxide for major benefits
Nitric oxide is also anti-inflammatory. It helps fight bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic infections in the body.
There are actually a number of studies that are underway to look at the role of nitric oxide in fighting COVID19.
For all yogis, I suggest you continue to practise Bhramari pranayama, or seriously consider taking up pranayama.
In turn, it will deliver you all these Bhramari Pranayama benefits. It will be a major help to maintain respiratory health, immune system health, de-stress, and quieten your mind.
Yoga deals for bhramari pranayama steps and benefits
In this post, I wrote how pranayama keeps me sane! Try it soon.
Both beginners and non-beginner packages include pranayama breath meditation weekly classes.
Beginners and non-beginners can do a weekly class in online Introductory Breath Meditation.
In addition, non-beginners can do two other weekly pranayama classes each week, both online or in-studio. Pranayama works especially well online, and is extremely convenient. Pranayama is taught by Flametree’s popular & certified Senior Yoga Teacher, Chris Lalor (pictured in this Post).
Both pranayama classes include regular Bhramari pranayama. Meanwhile, the objective of Introductory Breath Meditation is to develop your strength and lungs to allow you to then practise the higher level classes.