Bee Breath or Bharamari is a fun breath that has a calming effect and elongates the exhale. Bee breath can be used to relieve anxiety, help ADHD, OCD and depression. I also read one website that suggested using Bee Breath for migraines. In India Bee Breath is often used for woman in labor. I have noticed when we are practicing Bee Breath in class, and I sit and listen, I feel a sense of calmness come over me and can not refrain from smiling.
Sit comfortably in a quiet area, sitting tall, relaxed shoulders, eyes closed of lazily focused on the floor.
Begin to focus on your breath, noticing the inhale and exhale.
After a few breaths, focus on your exhale. Begin to "hum" your exhale.
Tuck your chin slightly.
As you continue to breath, notice where you feel the vibrations created by the humming exhale.
Continue to practice Bee Breath following your comfort.
Please share your experience with Bee Breath!
We have been practicing Bridge Pose in class. Bridge pose opens the front of our body. The following picture does a great job giving us pointers to a safe Bridge pose. If you click on the pic the website will open that includes some more tips and connections. Foundation is important for this pose: rolling shoulders under, bringing the shoulder blades together. Notice how open the woman's heart center is in the top pic. Hope this helps.
In previous blogs, I have posted about yoga poses that help us sleep. I found a great article from Yoga Journal about yoga to help kids settle before bed. The article contains a sequence of 12 poses in slide form. Each slide includes a description and an affirmation to say as the pose is performed. The article recommends an adult read the directions and help children say the affirmation.
Children end their days with many feelings. They can be hyper from a day of school and activities such as sports, Girl Scouts, etc. Children may also be worried/anxious about something in their life. Either way, children also need a way to settle themselves for a good nights sleep. Try the "Bedtime Yoga Sequence for Kids," and see the difference.
Click on the picture for the page on the website.
I enjoy yoga as it brings peace to my life. Teaching yoga has brought joy to my life and given me a chance to encourage others in learning yoga.