Breathing patterns

You can use the following breathing patterns

Breathing at a Rate of 8 Breaths per Minute (3/2/3)

  • Feel more relaxed
  • Relief from stress and increased mental awareness
  • Parasympathetic nervous system begins to be influenced
  • Elevates healing processes
  • 4 Breaths per Minute (5/5/5)

  • Positive shifts in mental function
  • Intense feelings of awareness, increased visual clarity, and heightened body sensitivity
  • Pituitary and pineal glands begin to coordinate at an enhanced level, producing a meditative state
  • 1 Breath per Minute (20/20/20)

  • Optimized cooperation between brain hemispheres
  • Dramatic calming of anxiety, fear, and worry
  • Openness to feeling one’s presence and the presence of Spirit
  • Develops intuition
  • Kino McGregor (6/0/6/0)

    Kino counts down from 10 to 0 with 5 breaths per minute. Like "10 in... 10 out... 9 in... 9 out..." until "1 in... 1 out". A very easy way to countdown in 2 minutes. See this video for example (from 1:00). For a better effect start with 50 :-) (10 minutes)

    4-7-8 scheme to fall in sleep in 1 minute (4/7/8)

  • 1. Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound.
  • 2. Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.
  • 3. Hold your breath for a count of seven.
  • 4. Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight.
  • 5. This is one breath. Now inhale again and repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths
  • Apps

    It's difficult to find good apps (totally configurable) but these two apps suits the bests
  • iOS: Breath pacer (design not so beautiful though)
  • Android: Paced Breathing
  • Sources / links

  • Source 1
  • Source 2
  • Wikipedia about Pranayama
  • Breathaware: trainingsprogram to be aware of your breath
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