BEE CALM

Try this med­i­ta­tion tech­nique

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Gain clar­ity and stop your mind rac­ing with this sim­ple, su­per-fast Ayurvedic med­i­ta­tion tech­nique. ‘Bee breath­ing’ works well when your mind is in over­drive, ‘be­cause the sound you make is a dis­trac­tion, and your mind loves a dis­trac­tion,’ says Danielle Marchant, au­thor of Pause Every Day (Aster). ‘Prac­tis­ing bee breath­ing reg­u­larly helps to calm your cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem, so over time you’ll find it eas­ier to med­i­tate.’ To get started, find a quiet, com­fort­able place, close your eyes and put your thumbs in your ears to block out the senses of sight and sound. In­hale and, on the ex­hale, make a hum­ming sound to cre­ate an in­ter­nal vi­bra­tion that sounds like a buzzing bee. Re­peat for 10 breaths, fo­cus­ing on the hum. When you open your eyes, scan your body and notice how much clearer and calmer you feel.

Edited by JULIE POW­ELL

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