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Bhramari (Humming Bee) Pranayama


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The word ‘bhramari’ (भ्रामरी) refers to the humming sound made by a ‘bhramara’ (a bumble bee in Sanskrit). The Bhramari Pranayama consists in making a deep, soft humming bee-like sound while exhaling.

Because Bhramari Pranayama has a very calming effect on the nerves and the mind, it is usually practiced as a prelude to meditation. As a part of the pranayama routine, it should be practiced at the end of other pranayama practices, usually after the alternate nostril breathing (naadi shuddhi), prior to getting ready for meditation.

Bhramari Pranayama is also practiced as a part of the yoga tradition called Nada Yoga (yoga of sound). As the name implies, Nada Yoga uses the element of sound, both external and internal, to reach higher levels of consciousness. In the subtle stage of Nada Yoga, one listens to internal sounds allowing the perceived sound to arise spontaneously. The Bhramari Pranayama is used as a preliminary stage of the practice of Nada Yoga.

Shanmukhi mudra

Bhramari Pranayama is practiced while applying the Shanmukhi Mudra (also known as Yoni Mudra). The word ‘shanmukhi’ (शन्मुखी) is composed of two Sanskrit words – ‘shat’ (six) and ‘mukhi’ (mouths or gates). So the full name means the ‘six-gated mudra’. The six gates refer to the two eyes, two ears, nose and the mouth. The purpose of the Shanmukhi Mudra is to symbolically shut the mind from the five senses so the mind can maintain an inward focus in the state of pratyahara (sense withdrawal) and get ready for meditation.

To shut the senses, the thumbs are used to plug the ears, the index fingers are placed on the eyelids, the middle fingers on the two nostrils, the ring fingers above the upper lip and the little fingers under the lower lip. There is no effort to press tightly against these organs but a light pressure is applied with the thumbs and fingers. 

Step-by-step

  1. Sit in any comfortable, cross-legged meditation posture with the spine upright, arms and shoulders relaxed.
  2. Apply the Shanmukhi Mudra as explained above. Apply light pressure with the thumbs and the fingers against the various sense organs.
  3. Fix your mental focus at the third eye (Ajna Chakra), the spot between the eyebrows.
  4. Take a deep inhalation
  5. While exhaling, make a soft, humming sound. Try to keep the breathing deep and gentle so as to maximize the duration of exhalation without straining the breathing in any way.
  6. Repeat the cycle of inhalation followed by the humming exhalation ten times.
  7. At the end of the routine, you may continue with your own silent meditation.

Benefits

  • Bhramari causes the whole brain to vibrate. Vibration of the cerebral cortex sends impulses to the hypothalamus which has the capacity to control the pituitary gland- the master of all glands. The hypothalamus also sends impulses to the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. This helps tune the whole neuro-endocrinal system to function in a harmonious and synchronized way.
  • It calms the nervous system and brings in a mental state of calm and peace which is helpful in meditation.
  • It  helps in conditions of mental tension, high blood pressure, anxiety and heart-related problems.
  • By constant practice of Bhramari, the yogi’s mind is absorbed in bliss (Hatha Yoga Pradipika -2.68)
  • Here is an excerpt from an article that I came across recently. This article talks about the benefits of Bhramari for pregnant women based on research findings on several participants. The same benefits are applicable to all who practice this pranayama technique.
    "… bhramari done for a few minutes daily can alleviate anxiety and tension. Vibration of the brain sends impulses to the reticular formation which eliminates anxiety and improves the mood, behavior and personality, so that the expectant mother may take care of her health and nutrition, leading to proper growth and development of the fetus. During labor, elimination of anxiety makes the mother co-operative and less apprehensive, thus facilitating easy delivery. " You can read the full article here.

Contraindications

There are no contraindications for this practice. Anyone who can breathe can practice Bhramari for great benefits.

 

 

 

116 comments to Bhramari (Humming Bee) Pranayama

  • veena

    Can Brahmari pranayam be done lying down on your back before going into savasana?

    • admin

      Dear Veena,
      Thanks a lot for visiting my website. Even though I have not practiced Bhramari in a lying down position, I don’t see why it can’t be done that way. Bhramari is suppoed to calm the mind down and it should be OK to do it just before going into Shavasana.

  • veena

    Thank you for your quick response-

  • Chirag

    Hello Sir , i want to get rid of my eye glasses and make my number close to zero ,is it possible by doing Bhramari pranayam 10 to 15 times daily or work out with 10 to 15 mins daily . i have come around some people saying they have solved the eye problem upto 100% satisfaction / with zero number clearity … Sir can you plz guide with this problem ?
    Thank you,
    Chirag bhosale.

    • Subhash

      Hello Chirag,
      Thank you for visiting my blog. I know that Bhraamari can help with eyesight but I haven’t seen any research which says that you can completely cure your vision. I have written a blog post (http://yogawithsubhash.com/2010/01/22/yoga-for-eye-care-a-7-step-program/ ) on eye care and I strongly suggest that you go through that post and follow the guidelines given there. I have seen some reports which claim that by following similar guidelines as what I have given, people have benefitted a lot as regards their vision. I wish you all the best. I hope to hear back from you with your progress.
      — Subhash

  • Deepa Christopher

    Hello Sir,

    In my right ear, sometimes I feel like air is blowing in and out. And this makes me feel very uncomfortable. I checked with one of the YOGA doctors, they aksed me to practice Shanmukhi Mudra. I am practicing it right now, but the blowing of air still persists. Could you please let me know would practicing this mudra, reduces my problem or else are there any other asanas i can practice to completely get rid of this.

    • Subhash

      Dear Deepa,
      Thanks a lot for visiting my blog. As for your symptoms, I really have no experience with your specific situation. As such it is hard for me to tell whether shanmukhi mudra would help or not. The practice of various pranayama techniques is supposed to be helpful with many of the ailments related to ear, nose and throat area. The only other technique that I can think of is the twirling around yourself which is supposed to help with the inner ear balance and with the health of the ears in general. In this technique, you start in the standing position with the arms stretched out in line with the shoulders. Turn your neck to look over the right shoulder and fix your gaze at the middle finger of the right hand. Then start twirling around yourself at a comfortable, steady pace. You may start with about ten rounds and slowly over a period of a few days, build up to 21 circles. When you come to a stop, continue to look at the middle finger of the right hand until the room and the surroundings also come to a stop. Let me know if this proves of any help. Thanks.

  • Deepa Christopher

    Thanks a lot Subhash Sir. Its so kind of you to reply so quickly and advise me on one more technique. I would start doing it from today and let you know the results after few days.

  • Mallikarjuna

    Sir,

    I have been advised by my doctor to include Bhramari as one of the daily exercises to help with my border-line high blood pressure.

    I find the exercise very calming and resonant. But I have a question on the practice.

    When I place my ring fingers under the nostrils, the sense of vibration is much more stronger, powerful and resonant while exhaling with ‘hmmmmm’ sound. This feels very good. But I find inhaling more difficult because the fingers partially block the nostrils. What should I do?

    Thank you very much for your response and advice.

    • admin

      Dear Mallik, thanks for your note. As there a few different ways to practice bhramari, could you please describe the technique that you are following for your practice? Thanks.

  • Bhramari does lower blood pressure so people with pre-existing low blood pressure can get dizzy with the practice. Otherwise very fine practice!

    • admin

      Thanks, Wendy, for your comment. You are making an interesting observation and I would like to know if you have some scientific studies in this connection.

  • vinay pandit

    dear sir,
    in my personal practise i have also concluded that while doing brahmri the arm should be at right angles with the torso. this stretches and relaxes the back muscles i.e the trapezius and latissimus dorsi.
    also, removing muscle spasms and knots, t facilitates the ascension of kundalini. please keep the good work going and put up more spiritual posts.
    thanks and best regds,

    • admin

      Thanks for this additional insight, Vinay. Such information can be really helpful for the visitors of the site. The only potential problem with keeping the arm at right angle is that after a few rounds the arm may begin to tire out.

  • Anusha

    Dear Sir,
    My husband has been asked to practice Brahmari 54 times by his voice culture specialist. I have been doing yoga with a yoga instructor regularly and we do not do it more than 5. After 2 days of Brahmari he says that his throat feels hollow and is painful. Is it ok to continue like this?. Thanks for the post.

    • Dear Anusha, I apologize for not getting back to you earlier. In yoga practice, one of the guidelines that we follow is to never stretch yourself beyond your own comfort zone. We may need to challenge ourselves sometimes but not to the point where the practice is hurtful. My recommendation will be to practice only as many rounds of bhramari as feels comfortable. Once you practice on a regular basis, your capacity will keep on increasing. try to make steady progress. Please let me know how it is going now.

      • Anusha

        Dear Sir,
        Thanks for your immediate response. As u said my husband practices like 15-20 brahmaris per day as he feels comfortable and is not exhausted doing them. And, he is doing aerobics to increase his lung power. It is doing great wonders to his voice. Once again thanks for your help.

        • Dear Anusha, I am so glad to see that your husband has been able to do 15-20 bhramaris per day and that he is feeling more comfortable with it. I wish him continued success with his voice capability.

  • Sita Ram

    I feel more effective when i close the ears and nostrils after breathing in and release them while breathing out.
    Is this a good practice.

    • Dear Sita Ram, for the Bhramari pranayama to be effective, the nose and ears should be lightly closed during exhalation while you are making the humming sound. The idea is to shut out all external influences and focus entirely on the experience of the sound vibration of the humming breath. I hope this helps.

  • rita

    Dear Subhash Sir,

    After I practice Bhramari and close my ears for few seconds, I fell cool water flowing like feeling in my ears. Is this a good effect or am I not doing it right.
    Thanks
    Rita

    • Dear Rita, everyone can have a slightly different experience as a result of different pranayama practices. As long as you don’t feel uncomfortable, you should just welcome and enjoy every experience.

  • rajan

    Hello sir,
    im having mild varicocele since 10 yrs which is asymptomatic and cause pain only when i do exercise and yoga,i want to do yoga as it keeps me fit but it causes me pain of varicocele.I read ur article about bhramri which is very helpful,can u pls tel me some yog asana which wil not cause me pain of varicocele

    • Dear Varun,
      varicocele is an uncommon condition and I do not have any personal experience helping anyone with this condition. So, unfortunately, I am not in a position to recommend asanas that you may or may not practice. If you can provide the list of asanas you already practice, I will be glad to do some research before making any recommendation one way or the other. Wishing you all the best,

  • sukant singh

    Sir,
    I can not sit in normal yoga posture (PALTHI)for more than 2-3 mins after that it starts hurting and even in that posture my back does not remain eract. Please suggest any other assan or sitting posture.

    Yours Faithfully

    Sukant Singh

    • Dear Sukant,
      Inability to sit in cross-legged posture (sukhasana) is caused by tightness in hips and knees. This tightness can be reduced by a regular practice of yoga asanas. Some of the asanas that may be specifically helpful are: butterfly (Titali pose) both half and full version, trikonasana, parivritta trikonasana, getting into a chair pose with the back resting against the wall, reclining twist etc. I wish you all the best.

  • James

    Hi, i was just wondering if Bhramari can be done without the mudra or is the mudra required? Because i see some yogi’s teaching people Bhramari without the mudra. Thanks.

    • Certainly, Bhramari can be done without the mudra. However, the Shanmukhi mudra is recommended because it brings about the state of Pratyahara wherein the mind can be disengaged from the five senses thus enhancing the experience of the humming sound.

  • James

    Hi again, i practice 100 repetitions of bhramari every morning and wanted to know if this is good or should i reduce the number?

  • James

    I also wanted to know that when practicing Bhramari do i need to place my tongue at the roof of my mouth or is it not required?

  • Hi James,
    How long does it take you to do the 100 repetitions? Are you doing this under the guidance of a teacher? I am a little surprised at the number 100 as it seems a little excessive. I am not able to give you a specific recommendation as I don’t know why or how you started doing these many repetitions.
    As for keeping the tongue at the roof of the mouth, that is an optional technique (called Khechari Mudra) and can be safely done along with the Bhramari practice.

  • James

    Hello again, thank you for your reply. It takes me about 15 mintues to do 100 repetitions and i am not training under a teacher.

  • James

    I actually had one last question, can i practice Bhramari and still get benefit without doing other pranayama first? Or is other pranayama required?

    • I normally recommend that we should include these few basic pranayama techniques in our daily practice – kapalabhati, bhramari, deep three-part yogic breathing, and alternate nostril breathing (aka naadi shuddhi or anuloma-viloma). Each of these techniques offers a different set of benefits. So a combination will provide optimum results.

  • James

    What results can be gained from doing Bhramari alone?

  • James

    I have been practicing Brhamari by itself for a short time now and wanted to know what it’s benefits would be. Thank you.

  • Bhramari is supposed to calm the nerves and the mind. I practice 5 rounds of Bhramari just prior to my meditation as it seems to settle the mind to some extent.

  • James

    I read on the internet that without practicing pranayama prior to practicing Bhramari that Bhramari would bring no desired benefit, but you suggest that Bhramari will bring results even without doing pranayama first?

  • James

    Some results atleast?

  • Hi James,
    As you can guess, everyone’s experience from a given practice could be different depending upon individual in-born tendencies. as I suggested earlier, it is best to practice bhramari in conjunction with other pranayama practices. However, by itself, it can help calm the mind and the nerves.

  • Antonio

    Hi sir, a few days I started my readings on Eastern view and the like, and just to know that I recognize that many things happen to me comes from the imbalance of the chakras. And somehow I was starting with the solar plexus. The sir. considered a good way to start?
    And how can it be proven the existence of these chakras as organ supraphysical?

    • Dear Antonio, I am glad that you have started your readings of the Eastern philosophy. The concept of chakras has been in existence for thousands of years. I don’t know of a scientific way to prove the existence or otherwise of the chakras. In general I prefer to go with the wisdom of the ancient yogis who came up with these concepts after being in prolonged state of deep meditation. I think the best is to follow their guidelines and enjoy the experience.

  • Respected Shri Subhashji,

    Your Bhramari (Humming Bee) Pranayama method is simply superb. Your illustration is just like a live demonstration to any one keen to practice pranayam

    Thanks a ton.

    Regards,

    N.K. Ramani

    • Dear Ramani, I am truly grateful to you for taking the time to go over many of the posts on different aspects of yoga and providing your most valuable feedback. It is gratifying to know that you find the material useful.

  • James

    Hi Subhash, i just wanted to ask that if i do not include shanmukhi mudra but practice Bhramari enough can i gain prayahara?

  • James

    Hi Subhash, i just wanted to ask that if i do not include shanmukhi mudra but practice Bhramari enough can i gain the state of Pratyahara?

  • Hello James, is there a reason why you would like to avoid the shanmukhi mudra? The shanmukhi mudra a symbolic representation of the state of pratyahara and is supposed to aid in getting to that state. However, if you don’t use the mudra and just focus on the sound of bhramari, I think you should still be able to get into the state of pratyahara. My feeling is that it might be a little harder to stay focused on the sound without the mudra.

  • James

    Hi there, i wanted to ask if practicing brahmari can grant enlightenment?

    • Hi James,
      Enlightenment can be attained only when the effect of all “samskaras” (past latent impressions) have been nullified. According to Patanjali that can be achieved when the mind is made free of all fluctuations. Can Bhramari take you there? I don’t know!

  • frank

    Hi subhash my. Frank name is I want to know if there is any video to practice the bhramari to calm my mind and nerves because I have.been in turmoil for long time but because I practice meditation I notice some changes even I am confuse at times Wich meditation to practice and if I do practice the bhramari whit is the sequence breathing you inhale thrum your mouth or nose and how you make humming bee sound thrum your nose or mouth any would bee appreciate thank you

    • Hello Frank,
      Unfortunately, I don’t have a video for the Bhramari practice on my website. I am sure if you did a google search, you will find some useful demos. The humming sound is just like you would make when you are humming the tune of a song you like. So, the breathing is still through the nose (both inhalation and exhalation). The humming sound is generated by constricting the passage of the breath at the back of the upper palate. Hope this helps.

  • james

    Hi again Subhash, i wanted to know that if i’m practicing anjali mudra, do i need to keep a perfectly straight spine or will it have no effect if i do not?

    • Hi James, for most yoga activities, especially pranayama and meditation, it is highly recommended that you maintain a straight and vertical spine. The only guideline is that despite the effort to keep the spine straight, no strain should be felt. So, you should make any adjustment to the position that will keep it straight and yet comfortable. hope this helps.
      Subhash

  • james

    How long should i generally practice anjali mudra for? is 10 minutes three times per day enough?

  • Hi James,
    To help me provide a good answer, can you please describe in detail the practice that you are doing? Thanks.

  • james

    The practice im doing is where i sit in half lotus position doing anjali mudra, im just unsure as to how long it should last for.

  • james

    I would also like to know if anjali mudra is done with the palms pressed completely together or are the palms seperated to some degree?

  • james

    As i have seen somewhere on the itnernet that they are slightly seperated.

  • james

    Reply add: what i mean by seperated is that they are slightly open at the middle of the hand whilst the fingers and rest of hand are touching.

  • james

    Or are there variations?

  • Hello James,
    Since sitting in Anjali Mudra is not a part of the routine that I practice or teach, I am not in a position to guide you as to how long you should stay in that position. I use the Anjali Mudra only when I am chanting a mantra. It is also the first of the twelve position in the Sun Salutations routine. If you can provide me some background as to where you got this practice from, I may be able to understand the significance and then provide some guidance.
    In terms of the position of the palms, I believe the palms are slightly open in the middle. The significance being that we are ready to receive divine blessings by keeping the palms slightly open.

  • Vinay

    Dear sir,

    I got hit on the top of my head by a wall a month ago and suffered mild concussion. All the symptoms have subsided except fluctuating tinnitus since a month. Can tinnitus go away on its own? How does bhamari pranayam help in tinnitus ?

  • Vinay

    Any other advice for this problem sir? Tinnitus is ruining my job, relationships and life

    • Dear Vinay,
      I am so sorry to learn of your head injury and the resulting tinnitus condition. Unfortunately, I haven’t had to deal with a similar situation in the past. My suggestion would be to read up on the concepts of Nada Yoga (yoga of sound). There you might be able to find ways to use the sounds that you hear as the object of your meditation and meditate on those sounds. This may help you tune in with the sounds and make them a part of your being and not treating them as annoying interference. Hope this will provide some relief. Wishing you all the best.

  • R S KRISHNAN

    I have the problem of Ringing sound and humming sound in my left ear and hearing loss in both the ears.Please advise me how Pranayama can help to get rid of this problem.Also please advise me how to do Pranayama for this application.

    Thanks a lot.

    • Dear Krishnan, I am sorry to hear of your problem with ringing in the left ear. Unfortunately, I don’t have any experience in helping students who are in a similar situation. In general, though, various pranayama techniques might help you at least in calming the mind and allowing you to cope better with the situation. Some of the common pranayama practices that you may want to try are kapalabhati, bhramari and Naadi Shuddhi (Anuloma Viloma). You will find these techniques helpful in bringing an overall sense of well-being. Wishing you all the best.

  • Pragna

    I have pitutary tumore recurancy. Can I do bhramri despite having tumore. It will be great help to me ,if you reply. Thanks a lot.

    • Dear Pragna,
      Sorry for not getting back to you earlier. I just missed seeing your comment. Yes, bhramari practice, in my opinion, is quite OK to do despite the tumor. It should be helpful in calming the nerves as well as the mind.

  • Bapi Kundu

    Respected Sir,
    When I doing Bhramri Pranayam with chanting Ommm, I feel very small movement or very small vibration on the centre of forehead (between eyebrows). It’s like a touch of very small vibration. Is that natural?

    • Dear Bapi, as long as the vibration or the movement is not painful or uncomfortable, you need not be concerned about it. Just enjoy that feeling along with the sound vibration of the bhramari or the OM chant.

  • James

    Hi Subhash, i had read somewhere that i must practice anulom vilom with Bhramari in order to gain the beneftis of Bhramari, or else its useless, is this true though?

    • Hello James,
      Can you please provide the reference where you read it? I haven’t seen anything like it mentioned in any of the texts that I have read. I must add that I have read most of the major yoga texts. The best is to practice it both ways and see which gives most benefits.

  • BHAVYA SAMPATH

    i can learn yoga. U can also try it

  • shivam Srivastava

    Dear subhash sir. My mind continuously keeps on wandering and as a result i am unable to concentrate on any work. I am unable to sleep at night also. What should i do

    • Dear Shivam,
      Wandering around is the basic nature of the mind. One thing you may want to try is to take a brief snapshot of what is going on in the mind at a given time. Then pause for a moment and try to find out why that particular thought/feeling/emotion etc. might have appeared in the mind. For example, if you get angry, pause for a moment and see what might have caused the anger. You don’t even need to go any further – just finding the cause can help slow the mind down.
      Just by doing this simple exercise, your mind will begin to slow down and you will be able to stay focused on your task for longer periods of time. Hope this helps.

  • James

    Hi Subhash, i would like to know if it is strict that Bhramari is to be done on the exhalation only, as i had read on the internet that it’s also done on the exhalation or is this just another variation?

    • Indeed, James, bhramari can be done both during inhalation as well as exhalation. The Hatha Yoga Pradipika in shloka 2.68 states that the male humming bee sound should be made during inhalation and the female bee sound during exhalation.

  • kumar

    Sir, need help. Am struggling to find cure for inner ear imbalance. I get imbalance or disorientation whenever there is a change in the plane surface or at heights in aeroplanes seeing ripples in water in traffic like situations. Kindly advise. Thanks and regards

    • Dear Kumar,
      One of the movements that I have read about which might help with inner ear balance is twirling around yourself in the clockwise direction. Come to a standing position with the arms spread out horizontally, in line with the shoulders. Start twirling around clockwise at a comfortable pace while constantly looking at the middle finger of your right hand. Gradually build up to about 20 rotations. When you come to a stop, keep gazing at the right hand until the room and the surroundings also come to a stop. Try it out and share your experience here.

  • Vikrant

    Hello Sir,

    I have the problem of sunken eyes for last 3 years , Doctors couldn’t diagonised the reason behind it, I’m doing yoga religiously for the last 10 years and maintain a very healthy lifestyle but this problem isn’t going away, I’m very upset about it, I also sweat profusely, Please suggest the right mudra for it. Thankyou.

    • Dear Vikrant,
      If the doctors haven’t found anything and you are practicing yoga regularly, maybe the sunken eyes are your natural state. Please accept it gracefully and live on happily with your life.

  • Dhaval.Majmudar.

    Respected sir
    I take ocd treatment
    Alopathic medicine
    How i will came out without medicine

    • Dear Dhaval,
      All I can tell you is that the practice of yoga can only help but will not cause harm, if done under the guidance of a qualified teacher. I don’t think anyone can give you an assurance as to whether you will be rid of medication for your OCD condition.

      • Rahul

        HI,
        I’ve been doing pranayama since 15days. I perform bhastrika (3 Minute), Kapalabhati (15 Minutes), Bahya (3 Minutes), Anulom-Vilon (15 Minutes) Bhramari (5 Minutes). I’ve started feeling uncomfortable intense vibration in my forehead. Some I feel like my head will blast due this vibration & there is severe headache. It becomes hard for me handle this vibrations. What shall I do now? So now I’ve decreased pranayama to 30 Minutes,and doing it once in 3 days. Is there any specific diet required? Please guide what shall I do now? Shall I stop doing meditaion and pranayama?

        • Dear Rahul,
          Was this routine recommended by a teacher or did you pick up on your own from some books or videos? If you started pranayama only 15 days ago, then the routine that you are doing is too much for your body which has not been properly primed for the practice. If you learned the practice from a teacher you need to go back to the teacher and get his guidance. My suggestion would be to cut down kapalabhati to about 5 minutes. Depending upon the type of bhastrika, you may want to eliminate bhastrika from your practice until you start feeling normal again. There are no specific guidelines for diet as the needs vary from person to person. In general a sattvid diet is recommended. Also please continue with your meditation practice as well.
          Wishing you all the best,
          Subhash

  • Rahul

    Hi Subash,

    I been doing pranayama since 15days. I perform bhastrika (3 Minute), Kapalabhati (15 Minutes), Bahya (3 Minutes), Anulom-Vilon (15 Minutes) Bhramari (5 Minutes). I’ve started feeling uncomfortable intense vibration in my forehead. Some I feel like my head will blast due this vibration & there is severe headache. It becomes hard for me handle this vibrations. What shall I do now? So now I’ve decreased pranayama to 30 Minutes,and doing it once in 3 days. Is there any specific diet required? Please guide what shall I do now? Shall I stop doing meditaion and pranayama? Do you have any contact number, if so please mail me on karansony@gmail.com.

  • meenu sharma

    Sir, i m suffering from chronic tinnitus condition ,,,can u help me throughout

    • Dear Meenu, unfortunately, I don’t have any direct experience with helping people with Tinnutus. One exercise you may want to try is to do “twirling” around yourself. Spreading the arms horizontally, looking constantly at the middle finger of the right hand, go around yourself clockwise a few times. This is supposed to help with inner ear balance and also with general hearing. The other suggestion I have to use the ringing sound as your mantra for meditation. That means, use the ringing sound that you hear in your ears as the object of meditation. Let us know how it goes.

  • Priyanca Bhatia

    Tinnitus problem I am suffering pl help

    • Dear Priyanca, unfortunately, I don’t have any direct experience with helping people with Tinnitus. One exercise you may want to try is to do “twirling” around yourself. Spreading the arms horizontally, looking constantly at the middle finger of the right hand, go around yourself clockwise a few times. This is supposed to help with inner ear balance and also with general hearing.
      The other suggestion I have is to use the ringing sound as your mantra for meditation. That means, use the ringing sound that you hear in your ears as the object of meditation. Let us know how it goes.

  • praveen

    i am suffering from nerve deafness and tinnitus what can i do pls help me through pranayama sir

    • Dear Praveen, unfortunately I don’t have any experience with either of the conditions that you have mentioned. I am sorry but I am not able to suggest a possible yoga therapy for them. All the best.

    • Hello Praveen, unfortunately, I am not familiar with any yoga practices that can help with the conditions that you mentioning. Maybe someone else who is reading this blog can provide some information.

  • BHARAT

    PLEASE SUGGEST TECHNIQUE FOR HEARING LOSS. MY BROTHERS ONE EAR IS TOTALLY BLOCK. HE CAN NOT HEAR FROM RIGHT EAR

    • Dear Bharat, I am really sorry but I am not familiar with any yoga techniques that can help with hearing loss. If any of the other readers know of any please do share here. Thanks.

  • Bertha

    Hello Sir,
    I do Bhramari (bumble bee) 7 repetitions only once a day.
    It is so calming that I would need to do it 2 or 3 times a day. Would that be too much? Or could it be dangerous?
    Thank you!

    • Hi Bertha,
      It is great to see that you are enjoying the practice of bhramari and finding it useful. sure, feel free to practice it more than once a day. As far as I know, this practice has no negative effects associated with it.

      • Bertha

        Thank you for your kind reply. My holistic chiropractor has told me that I am in a constant fight or flight mode and has sent me lots of homework to do. I decided to add Pranayama in order to get better relaxation and be able to balance my sympathetic and parasympathetic systems that have gone berserk.
        Stresses have been piling one on top of the other and, despite my daily practice of Qigong, my subconscious mind gets stressed at just anything.
        I have found Bhramari extremely helpful and fast acting, and if you have any other tips for me, I will add any other yoga/pranayama exercise that you recommend me for stress/anxiety.
        Once again, thank you so much for your kindness.

        • Dear Bertha,
          I am glad to see that you find Bhramari helpful in your situation. I would suggest adding some more pranayama practices to your routine – Ujjayi pranayama, rapid breathing, and alternate nostril breathing (naadi shuddhi). You can search for instructions on this blog. The other practice I recommend is the candle gazing technique called trataka. Please keep us posted here with your progress.

          • Bertha

            Thank you so much for your kind advice. I will try to add those to my practice. Fortunately, I have a DVD by Dr Vasant Lad which includes Ujjayi. However the alternate nostril breathing I have on this particular DVD is Anuloma Viloma, not the one that you are recommending. I will manage and learn it somehow. Blessings.

  • manjeet

    how to do bhramari pranayam

  • Dear Subash

    I am a retired Doctor.Are you also a Doctor?Are you practising?If so in what field of Medicine?If not may I know what your field is and under whom you were trained and in which country.

    Kind regards

    Dr.M.Sreetharan.U.K.

  • Trinath

    Sir, I am doing the basic yogasana and pranayama. I getting good sleep & mentally fit, with the age of 45 Years. Shall I do bharamri daily to control blood pressure?

    Regarding diet, I am taking heavy break-fast around 8.30 am an lunch at 2 p.m. evening some snacks. I have seen some one article of Sivavanda wherein they suggested for taking fruit & milk at night. for last 3 days, i am taking fruits and warm milk at night. My wife tells me that if I am not taken food at night, I will be weak in coming days. What shall I do? taking food is better of fruits with warm milk. Kindly guide me sir.

    • Dear Trinath,
      It is nice to see that you are practicing yoga on a regular basis and deriving good benefits from it. Practicing bhramari will definitely bring many benefits. Whether of not it will help you with your blood pressure may depend upon many other factors – lifestyle, stress levels, diet and sleep habits etc. My suggestion would be to keep practicing it for whatever benefits you can derive.
      Try out your diet plan of fruit and milk at night for some time. If you start feeling week, you can always revert back to the old diet. Wishing you all the best.

  • Trinath

    Thank you Mr. Subash for your immediate response. Definitely I will do as per your guidance.

    Regarding night, I am taking 2 apples & 2 cucumber with half liter warm milk. Wit this I am getting good sleep & free motion also not feeling any weakness till now (for last 7 days i have started). My question is whether it will create any weakness in longer run?

    • Trinath,
      Let you body be the best guide for you. Since you are feeling fine now and no weakness, just continue with the routine. Your body will tell you if it is not feeling right and then you can modify the diet plan.

  • saurav

    hello sir ,i m ocd patient is there any yoga series that help me to get out from ocd , is bramhari help me in this or not

    • Hello Saurav,
      to get relief from OCD, practicing only one of the yoga techniques may not provide the desired result. You will need to develop a full yoga routine which includes the practice of asana, pranayama and meditation. The best is to find a local yoga teacher who can guide you through the practice. Try to make it a life-long habit. Gradually you will start feeling the benefits with regard to your situation with OCD. All the best.

  • Trinath

    Hello Mr. Subash jee,

    kindly enlighten me in point wise, as I am having some quires in Bhramari.

    1) In single Bhramari, how-many cycles one can do? (i.e If wants to do Bharmai in single sitting, as much as 5-6 cycle or more)
    2) How-many Bhramris ( one sitting of Bhramri) in a day?
    3) In bhrami one has o take long/deep inhale exhale or short/fast inhale/exhale.
    4) During deep/long Bhrmari, i am facing some light at the eyebrows /eyes – what its significance?
    5) You have mentioned that the Bhramri to be done after end of the yoga-asans. But I am doing only bhramri (not any asanas). Will it create problems?

    • Hello Trinath,
      1. In one sitting, I would suggest spending 5-6 minutes, whatever the number happens to be.
      2. Two sessions should be adequate – one in the morning, one in the evening
      3. Full inhalation, followed by long exhalation, making the humming sound during exhalation
      4. I don’t know about the light in the eyebrows
      5. Why not include the practice of asana in your routine? It will help you in multiple ways. Doing bhramari alone will not cause any problems.

  • das

    Dear Mr. Subash,

    I am very much pleased on your interest in spreading yoga. If you permit, I will post some yoga articles based on the SUNDERAKANDA of Ramayana. Waiting for your reply.

    • Dear Das,
      Thank you for your offer to write articles on my blog. Please send me a draft via email so that I can make an assessment if the article is appropriate for the blog’s main theme. Thanks.

  • KC Tiwari

    Sir,

    I am spondlolysis (back pain). Doctor advised me not to do any asana of front bending movements. Also asked to reduce weight. Please inform what are the better option or me. Also suggest to how to reduce weight.

    • Hello KC,
      Yes, you should avoid deep forward bending and backward bending poses. You can modify them to go only half way, if it feels comfortable. To reduce weight I suggest the following:
      Eliminate fried food from your diet – no pakora, samosa, puri etc
      Eliminate any sweets that you buy from outside. If you like to eat sweets, prepare them yourself with controlled quantity of fat and sugar.
      Maintain a daily practice of yoga that includes asana, pranayama and meditation.

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