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Season 2 - Episode 8

Buzz Off Anxiety

10 min - Practice


Linda guides us in a short Brahamari (Bee) Breath practice to soothe the nerves. You will feel calm and less anxious.
What You'll Need: No props needed

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Oct 27, 2017
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All right, it's time to buzz your anxiety away. One of my favorite pranayama for anxiety is the brumaree pranayama, which really is the B breath. Super simple instructions as we're getting ready to find a seat either once again on the floor or on a chair where you're comfortable. Any time, basically you want to keep the face relaxed, the eyes soft. Any time you feel agitated, back off.

So with all that in mind, let's do it. We'll do it first without any hand, any mudras or any ways of placing our hands on our face. Basically what this is, is we inhale and then we exhale and sound just like a B. So it's as simply as inhale. Inhale again and begin again. Whatever B part, your exhale, just allow it to be as natural and as long as it is so that you're not gasping for breath on the next inhale.

So that's your cue of appropriate exhale. So just give it a shot. This time I will count for you so you don't have to worry. We'll do three or four of these and then we'll add some mudra to it. Yes.

All right. Find your seat. Take a big inhale and exhale completely. There we go. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, eight, nine, eight, nine, eight, nine, seven, eight, nine, eight, nine.

And breathe normally. Just bring your attention. Wherever the mind would like to go in the body, allow her to go there. And open your eyes. So the next round is to begin to close off the senses, to withdraw the senses so that it becomes an even more internal experience.

The simplified way is to plug your ears with your thumbs, and simply rest your fingertips on your forehead. So should we try it? Inhale, and exhale completely, and let's begin, inhale. One, two, three, four, five. One, two, three, four, five.

Mmmmmm Mmmmmm Mmmmmm Mmmmmm Mmmmmm Release your hands. Once again, just breathe normally, inviting the mind to enter into the body wherever she wishes to go. Noticing any sensations, any thoughts and open your eyes. And stay with that mudra if that's the most comfortable. A little bit more traditional, one is to at least give the impression of closing off all the senses. So once again, your thumbs will be in your ears, your index fingers will lightly, the operative word, lightly touch your eyelids, middle finger, slightly, lightly touch both sides of your nose, upper lip with fourth finger and lower lip with fifth.

Got that? Alright, inhale. Exhale completely and this time, let's see what it would feel like to have a higher pitch in your B breath. Now, once again, inhale. Exhale completely. Here we go, inhale. Mmmmmm Mmmmmm Mmmmmm Release your hands down by the tops of your thighs and breathe normally. So again, feeling the whole body at once. And open your eyes. Last word of advice is to find the pitch that works for you.

If that high pitch feels a little bit like a gnat, you don't want to do it. So bring the tone down so that you can feel and appreciate the vibration in your body. Namaste.


Sofia F
I had never tried it before. Interesting indeed. I will explore more. Thank you very much. 
Maggie G
Thank you

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