a) On your heel
b) On your elbow
c) On your ear
The answer is c) on your ear!!
The Tragus is the flap of cartilage that runs up from your cheek over your ear ‘hole’! In the practice of Bhramari Pranayama we gently push the tragus with the thumbs to ‘stop up the ears’ and close off outer sounds. This helps us to focus on the inner sound of the humming and feel the soothing vibrations in the head.
This term, in the general classes, we’ve been practicing Bhramari, using it to quiet the mind before our relaxation. One of the many benefits of Bhramari is to lift depression; it’s a good practice to learn so that come the moment you need it you can bring it into your practice to alleviate any symptoms of feeling blue or a bit down in the dumps.
There is an excellent article by Dr Timothy McCall here if you are interested in learning more about this practice and it’s therapeutic uses.