Why we love: 4-7-8 breathing is a flexible breathing tool; as long as you stick to the ratio, you can adapt the technique to your comfort. Regardless, it will have a profound effect on calming your nervous system.
For who: As the pace is flexible as long as you stick to the ratio, this technique can be practiced by beginner and experienced breath-workers alike. The link to the guided 4-7-8 video is specifically made for beginners.
How it works: 4-7-8 breathing has ancient roots and is based on the Pranayama breathing technique practiced within yoga. The structure is simple, you inhale for a count of four through your nose, you then hold your breath for the count of seven and then exhale for the count of eight though your mouth. This helps your body relax the fight or flight system and replenish oxygen. You can use this technique when you feel triggered, stressed or anxious, but it is also a good idea to do it as a regular practice to get more prevailing effects.
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