On a busy Tuesday afternoon, 20 students joined Campus Manager, Lisa, for an hour of meditation. Some students were completely new to meditating, one or two had a lot of experience and others had dabbled a bit, but everyone agreed that they were looking forward to clearing their minds and unwinding. The aim of the hour was do a range of meditation activities that would leave the students feeling revitalised, relaxed and refreshed.
Meditation # 1 – Humming Bee
To prepare the class for Humming Bee meditation we had to warm up our vocal chords, so we first went round the room shouting our names and humming as loud as we could. Then, we sat in a comfortable cross-legged position on the floor to begin.
Humming Bee or Bhramari Pranayama is a yoga breathing exercise that involves making a humming sound, like that of a bee. The humming sound and the vibrations produced during this meditation are thought to have a relaxing effect on the nervous system.
As Humming Bee can help reduce anxiety and stress, calm the mind, and improve focus, it was a good exercise to start the class and prepare students for the longer practices to follow.
We then did two pranayamas or breathing meditations. The first being Square Breathing and the second Alternate Nostril Breathing.
Meditation # 2 – Square Breathing
Square Breathing is a straightforward technique, and you can practise it almost anywhere when you need a quick relaxation or stress-reduction exercise. Over time, regular practice can enhance your ability to manage stress and remain calm in various situations.
Here’s how to do it: