While it can certainly be said that movement in general aids blood circulation, I wanted to add a particular movement…
Last Updated on July 30, 2023
Bhramari Pranayama, sometimes called “bumble bee breath” is used to magnify the production of nitric oxide (NO). Increasing NO has many benefits, but the one most often cited is that NO dilates the blood vessels, improving circulation and lowering blood pressure. And honestly, it’s just kinda fun!
Note that this one isn’t for everybody and this is certainly not medical advice, but as a breath coach, let me give out a few recommendations on this one – Bhramari should not be practiced by pregnant or menstruating women. It is also contraindicated for anyone with extremely high blood pressure, epilepsy, chest pain, or an active ear infection. Bhramari should not be practiced in a supine (lying down) position .
The technique at its most basic is simple. Close the month, allow your tongue to rest on the upper palate just behind the front teeth. Breathe in through the nose and on the exhale, hum loud enough so that you can feel the vibration in your nasal cavity. Pitch doesn’t matter – play with it and figure out what feels good to you! Search Google or YouTube to see some variations. This one is a daily go-to for me. I often perform this one while alone in the car traveling between teaching venues. A good starting point is to do a set of 10 breaths and work up from there.