Bees have been buzzing around me lately. They have been flying closer to home, in the garden and our living space, now that winter is nearly here in earnest.
Then, I had one in my pants leg at the library, and it wasn't even one of ours! They've shown up in readings audibly, since they fly around the cottage. And a few nights ago, for the first time since we got our colony in the Spring, I was stung. So perhaps the Bees are inviting me to listen closely...
Here's something I want to share.
The Sanskrit name is Bhramari Pranayama. It means Bee Breath. It's a simple way to self-soothe and re-balance -- as we get used to life here on the energetic High Seas.
Jamie Walters has Bee Breath in her resource -- Calming Remedies for Intense Energies. She likens it to Ommming with your mouth closed. Writes Jamie, "It's fun, and doing it for a few minutes seems to really notch down anxiety and relax the muscles around the chest. Try it for yourself and see.
Here's a good summary of the Bee Breath and benefits, and here's a good video from Quick Fix Yoga that shows the technique."
And here's another explanation:
Buzz Away the Buzzing Mind From Yoga Journal:
_To practice Brahmari Pranayama, sit comfortably, with the back tall and shoulders relaxed. Start by taking a few natural breaths, and close your eyes (as long as closing them doesn't produce more anxiety). Then, keeping the lips lightly sealed, inhale through the nostrils. Exhaling, make the sound of the letter M, essentially a humming sound. Sustain the sound until you need to inhale. Then repeat: Inhale through the nose, then hum like a buzzing bee as you exhale. Continue by inhaling as needed and exhaling with this sound for several minutes. You can practice as long as it feels good.