Bharamari pranayama is very effective in instantly calming your mind down. It is one of the best breathing exercises to release the mind of anger, agitation, frustration or anxiety. A simple-to-do technique, can be practiced anywhere at work or home, and an instant option available to de-stress yourself.
This breathing technique derives its name from the black Indian bee called Bhramari. (Bhramari = type of Indian bee; pranayama = breathing technique). The exhalation in this pranayama resembles the typical humming sound of a bee, which explains why it is named so.
Bharamari Pranayama- Detailed description
Duration/repetitions: Beginners may practice Bhramari three times and advanced practitioners for 11-21 times.
Technique: Breathe in and out with the nose only. Close the ears with your thumbs, place index fingers just above the eyebrows at the sinuses and the remaining three fingers on the eyes with finger tips slightly pressing the ridge of the nose on each side. Inhale deeply and while exhaling make a humming sound like that of the black beetle. Say "Om' in a soft humming sound while making the humming sound.
Mental focus: Concentrating on the center of the eyebrows (ajna chakra) visualize light in the center. Feel that your body, mind and soul are radiating with light. Try to experience inner joy and bliss.