Humming for Relaxation

Eileen Yager, MD
July 28, 2022 / 5 mins read

Humming is a relaxing technique because it is done on the exhalation, which stimulates the vagus nerve, part of the parasympathetic nervous system which helps relax and rest, among other things. At home, hum a favorite quiet song for 5-10 minutes, breathing in through the nose and humming on the out-breath. A variation of humming is to hum one note during the outbreath until it’s gone, and repeat this several times. Drop your shoulders as you breathe/hum out. Use the same note. This is what we’ll do today with Dr. Eileen Yager.