Working with the gentle yet powerful vibrations of Bramari, the buzzing breath, can help us to release tension and nourish ourselves at this busy time of year.
Inhale through the nostrils, and then exhale though the mouth with a long buzzing sound like a bumblebee.
In breath the essence of yoga Sandra Sabatini says:
this mumbling exhalation is cleaning
the inside of the body
with vibrations, with sounds
the slightest sound is carried
to the furthest periphery of your being’
Bramari can be practiced in sitting, standing and lying to help the body settle and mind quieten – here are a few suggestions…
Give yourself a hug by crossing the elbows over the chest and explore the buzzing breath…then rub your hands together until warm, place the palms over your eyes and try a softer humming breath with the mouth closed, feeling the vibrations in the back of the throat and reverberating in the bones of the skull.
Use Bramari to help you connect down through your heels into the floor, releasing tension from the shoulders and encouraging the spine to lengthen…move into a soft forward bend (bending knees is a good idea) using the vibrations of the buzz to help release your head and arms to the floor.
Long cobbler pose (baddha konasana) forward bend
Sit with the soles of your feet touching each other about a foot’s length away from your pelvis – rest a couple of cushions or bolster on your feet and lean forwards resting your elbows and forearms on this support – stay folded forwards as you exhale with a buzz several times.