The Effects of Humming-Bee Breath on Cardivascular Parameters

This linked study aimed to assess the immediate effects of Bhramari pranayama on resting cardiovascular parameters in healthy adolescents.

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According to Yoga International, Bhramari pranayama (often called 'humming bee breath') is a safe and easy-to-learn practice that has tremendous therapeutic potential. Like other pranayamas, its power comes partly from its effects on the autonomic nervous system; lengthening the exhalation relative to the inhalation activates the calming parasympathetic branch of the nervous system. The practice has long been said to be able to quie...t the mind within a few breaths whilst the noise of bhramari’s buzzing can drown out mental noise and aid meditation.

This linked study aimed to assess the immediate effects of Bhramari pranayama on resting cardiovascular parameters in healthy adolescents. Sixty healthy adolescents of both sex were randomly divided into the Bhramari pranayama (Bhr.P) (n-30) and control (n-30) group. The Bhr.P group practiced Bhramari pranayama for 45 min (5 cycles) whilst the control group practiced normal breathing (12-16 breath /min). Heart rate was assessed and blood pressure recorded in a supine position after 5 minutes of rest.

Great findings! The heart rate decreased significantly in the pranayama group. Blood pressure indices, Pulse Pressure (PP), and Mean Arterial Pressure (MAP) significantly decreased after Bhr.p practice compared with controls. The authors concluded that Bhramari pranayama practice produces relaxed state and in this state parasympathetic activity overrides the sympathetic activity. It suggests that Bhramari pranayama improves the resting cardiovascular parameters in healthy adolescents. Super stuff :)

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Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS

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