The practice I have for you in this post is….humming! That’s right, humming. Did you know that humming increases nitric oxide levels up to 20 percent? Here’s why that’s a BIG deal:

  • nitric oxide improves oxygen circulation in your body by dilating blood vessels
  • nitric oxide kills pathogens as it is antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial

According to The Humming Effect by Jonathan and Andi Goldman, humming has many benefits that reduce stress and promote wellness, including better sleep, lower blood pressure, and an increase of healing neurochemicals like oxytocin and endorphins!

How to hum like a yogi: Sit or life in a comfortable position. Notice the breath moving in and out through the nostrils for a few breath cycles. Then take a breath in, and on the exhale, hum. Maintain ease in the body as you find a rhythm that feels right for the moment. You can set a timer for 1-2 minutes, or take about 12 breaths with this pattern. Stop at any point if you begin to feel lightheaded or uncomfortable. Allow your breath to return to a normal pattern and notice the effect of the practice. Aim to practice 3-4 days per week.

I would love to hear what you discover after you try this out for a couple of weeks – let me know!!