“With regular practice of a pranayama called bhramari, bliss arises in the heart. It can also relieve insomnia, sinus infections, thyroid problems, and stress.”

Timothy McCall

I love this breathing technique because it has a calming effect on the mind.  I have recommended it to my students when they are experiencing anxiety, and when they can’t clear their mind from repetitive negative thoughts. It is like a reset button for your brain.

  1. Fold all fingers except the index fingers into your palm.
  2. Raise the bent arms with the elbows up and back and use the index fingers to close off the entrance to the ear canal with the small flap of skin there.
  3. Exhale to empty the lungs, and Inhale to fill them.
  4. Make a buzzing, humming sound with the lips closed, high in the vocal range like a female honeybee.  The eyes should be closed and the inner gaze should be focused at the space between the eyebrows behind the forehead.
  5. Perform at least 3 rounds of Brahmari Pranayama, loud and long, to cleanse and purify all 72,000 astral tubes and promote single-pointed concentration.

If you’d like to try more variations of brahmari check out this link: 5 ways to practice Brahmari

My favorite techniques come from Dharma’s “Life of a Yogi” Teacher’s Manual and I highly recommend this book if you are interested in learning more about the eight limbs of yoga.

Dharma Manual


May these practices of yoga guide you into deeper and deeper states of peace and well being.