Posted on November 9th, 2016
Our breath is the gateway to the present. You often hear yogis utter that sentence time and time again. Even beyond being a port way to get us out of the mental chatter of our brains and into the present, our breath is a tool to let us know where we are mentally, physically and emotionally in any given moment. Similar to how the colour of your urine or elasticity of your skin are telltale signs of dehydration, our breath lets us know if we’re calm, stressed, happy or anxious. Picture your emotions as if they were on a thermostat. Your breath lets you know if you’re running emotionally hot, ie stressed and anxious, or if you’re cool, ie happy and calm.
Learning how to maintain the body-breath connection can do wonders as our breath is the ultimate tool to navigate us through hardships and fights. Just by breathing we can prevent our bodies from going into flight-or-fight response. The more we work on our breath work, the more control we have to live a balanced life in an uncontrollable and sometimes chaotic world.
For the month of November, I’m incorporating Bharamari (humming bee breath) to my Yoga and Meditation practice. It’s a calming breathing technique which is especially great for these fall and winter months as Vata dosha is more likely to go out of balance.
Some of the effects of Bharamari are:
-Calms the nervous system making it a really good breath exercise if you have anxiety or thoughts of fear.
-It’s a great pranayam to choose if meditation is new to you. The humming noise helps to drown out the mental thoughts or ‘monkey mind’ because it gives you something to focus on.
-It vibrates nerve pathways around the medulla oblongata which flows into the brain.
How to do it:
-Like with all pranayama take time to get comfortable in you seat.
-Inhale deeply through the nose. Close the ears with the index and middle finger.
-Exhale the breath making a deep soft humming noise from the throat (mmmm), like the sound of a female bee.
-Repeat 10-20 times.
-Once you finish your rounds of breath, sit in stillness for however long you wish your meditation practice to be. Need a song to de-stress? According to a Huffington Post article, scientists identified this song as being the “most relaxing song in the world”. Apparently studies showed that participants heart rate and blood pressure dropped while listening to this song.
Namaste, warriors! xo