“I need to relax my mind.” We hear this a lot, and it’s the one of the main reasons people sign up to our meditation course to learn techniques to relax their busy mind. The constant demands of work, family, and daily responsibilities can leave you feeling stressed, anxious, and overwhelmed. All bi products of a society that is always on the go.
Whether you’re dealing with work-related stress, relationship issues, family anxiety, or just looking to improve your mental well-being. Fortunately, there are many simple yet effective techniques that can help you to relax your mind and reduce stress. I’ve detailed a few links at the end of this article to support you in this area.
But for the purpose of this article, I wanted to share with you one practice that I know will instantly relax your mind and calm your nervous system.
Today, I’m introducing you to Bhramari Pranayama.
Bhramari is not a meditation practice, rather it is a yogic breathing (pranayama) technique. This tranquilising breathing method is often referred to as the Humming Bee Breath due to the sound that is made when you practice. Interestingly, the word ‘Bhramari’ comes from the Sanskrit word for ‘bee.’
Calms your busy mind.
Tranquillising pranayamas like Bhramari pacify your body and your mind. This makes it the perfect practice to learn if you experience symptoms of stress, overwhelm or anxiety, because it stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system also known as the relaxation response. When your mind is overactive the sound of the ‘humming bee’ produces a soothing and calming, internalising influence on you mind.
Eases emotional tension.
What makes this practice even more special is its immediate effect. Emotional tensions like anger and fear are promptly reduced. I have practised Bhramari many times before going into a meeting to calm my nerves and ground myself.