Breathing Techniques

Your breath is the most amazing tool for balancing your body, mind and emotions. And one of the best things is that it is always available, no equipment required.

Using some of these breath techniques can be a great way for you to feel greater calm and wellness in all aspects of your life. Start with the simplest, and then deepen your practice.

Deep Abdominal Breathing

Deep abdominal breathing is a simple yet profound exercise. Learn to breathe while keeping your body relaxed, so that your abdomen expands on your inhale, and releases back with your exhale.

This helps ensure that your breath is relaxed and flows in a healthy way, to properly oxygenate your body and brain.

4-7-8 Breathing

This is one of the most effective techniques for calming your body and emotions. You can use it anytime, anywhere. And the more you use it, the easier it is to have it to hand in times of need.

As the name implies, the breath is made up of three parts. You first breath in on a count of 4, through your nose. Then you hold the breath for a count of seven. Finally, you breath out on a count of eight. The outbreath is normally done through pursed lips, or with your tongue tip touching the back of your top teeth and your lips pursed over it.

However, these are subtle nuances. Just breathing in, holding the breath, and then exhaling more slowly than you inhaled will already give you lots of benefits.

Balancing Breath

This is an exercise taken from energy psychology, especially as propagated by Dr. George Pratt and Peter Lambrou. Balancing breath is a powerful technique to bring equilibrium to your body, mind and emotions. It can be used before a tapping or meditation session, to get yourself into a powerful state of calm. You can also use it afterwards, as a way to instal positive emotions and goals.

Collarbone Breathing

Collarbone breathing is an excellent technique for shaking things up when tapping isn’t achieving the results you want. You can use it for releasing emotional blockages. You can also use it for installing positive emotional states.