Humming Your Way To Better Health
By Catherine Morgan on August 10, 2009
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Could humming help me reduce my blood pressure and heart rate?
It sure would be great if it could.
It's not just any kind of humming. It's a type of yoga breathing. And there are apparently many health benefits to this type of yoga breath.
I am definitely going to give this a try.
The Rejuvenation Lounge has a post discussing the 12 Instant Benefits of Humming Daily.
You can see all twelve of the benefits at the above link. But here are the three that were the most appealing to me...
#3 - Has a very relaxing and soothing effect on your neck, face, head and shoulder muscles, which helps dissolve stress. Try it, you’ll be surprised.
#6 - Humming slows down your breathing rate significantly. Dr. Kataria’s research shows, we normally breathe 15-17 times in a minute but with humming you can bring it down to 4-6 a minute which helps to slow down your heart rate and brings down your stress level.
#12 - Lowers blood pressure as proven by Dr. Kataria. 5 minutes of humming can reduce your blood pressure between 10 - 20 mmHg
I'm always looking for ways to reduce the amount of medications I need to take, and if humming could help me do that - I would be a very happy girl. Losing weight has been very helpful in reducing my blood pressure. But I still need to take medicine for my insanely high heart rate.
And humming can help with a bunch of other health issues as well.
Apparently this type of breathing can help with migraines. This is a post from EmpowHer - Humming to benefit Migraines...
The Brahmari Pranayama imitates the sound of a humming bee during it’s exhaling phase. It thus channelizes breathing through a vibrating state. The Brahmari Pranayama is the most effective of all the Pranayamas chalked out for migraineurs.
Humming is also a helpful exercise for back pain.
'Brahmari' means the bee. This Pranayama involves rapid inhalation and exhalation. The sounds produced during this exercise resemble that of a male bee during inhalation, and that of a female bee during exhalation.
Could humming help with labor pains? This is from a post by Kristy at She Just Walks Around With It...
So for the next four hours I was standing, chatting, occasionally tweeting, and then bending over my bed humming.
Yes, humming. Making a long, low humming sound brought me relief.
I remember thinking that was interesting. I just found myself humming. Not because I read it or saw it or was taught it, but because that's what I wanted to do. And I remember also thinking YOU KNOW? If childbirth is supposed to be so friggin' natural, why do they even bother trying to teach us what to do...? Bending over the bed humming was not something I expected, and yet there I was. It just sort of "happened."
So...How do you do it?
From Beauty & Personal Grooming...
Sit in a suitable yogic posture like Padmasana(lotus pose) or Vajrasana(thunderbolt pose). Cover your ears by pressing the thumbs of both your hands. Place your index fingers on the forehead and let the remaining 3 fingers close your eyes. Inhale through both the nostrils, taking - a real slow deep breath. Exhale through both nostrils and use the throat to make a soft sound, like the buzzing of a bee. Do this 5-10 times. Do not strain yourself, though. 2 minutes of Anuloma-viloma pranayam before performing bhramari will help you achieve a better concentration.
Here is a detailed video instruction...
This Pranayama is very effective in speeding up the healing of body tissues and may be practiced after surgeries. It has a calming effect on entire nervous system.
Have you tried this type of yoga breathing? Would you consider giving it a try? Let me know in comments.
- From The Not Quite Crunchy Parent - Self Calming: Kids can do it too!
- From Yoga Flavored Life - The Yoga of Sound.
- Sharon Glassman - Why Can't Women Sleep?
- Can Yoga Reduce Symptoms of Chronic Illness?
If you are interested in yoga...You might want to consider joining the BlogHer Yoga, Stress Relief and Meditation Group.
Contributing Editor Catherine Morgan
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