This is a great pranayama for focusing the mind, because you’re making a sound. Other benefits of this breathing exercise include: pain management, and breaking up congestion and stagnation in the physical body and the nadis. You can change the pitch of the sound to vibrate different areas of the body. Try this pranayama when the mind is distracted, when there’s pain or a sense of inertia. Buzz as loud as you can without creating tension in your face, jaw, or neck. Try buzzing in different postures, like sitting, standing with feet hip width, laying down, in Warrior II pose, etc. You can also plug your ears with your thumbs and rest your fingertips on your scalp to bring your attention more internal.
- Sit tall.
- Close your eyes, relax your face, jaw and tongue and keep a little space between your teeth.
- Inhale through your nose.
- Exhale through your nose while making a buzzing sound.
- Repeat for a few minutes, then pause while breathing normally to notice the vibration that’s still lingering after the sound stops.