5-5-5-5 Box Breathing - 20-Minute Guided Breath Session - WITH Background MusicJun 08, 2021
In this video, I will guide you through a 20-minute box breathing session.
We are going to breathe together at a 5-5-5-5 box breathing rhythm, meaning:
- inhale for a count of 5
- retain the breath in for a count of 5
- exhale for a count of 5
- retain the breath out for a count of 5
Instead of using verbal cues, I am going to guide you exclusively with my breath.
PLEASE NOTE: you will hear my breath on the recording, but it is only audible so that you can easily keep a steady pace. Please do NOT copy my sound. Keep you breath quiet and easy at all times.
This session is WITH background music. If you would prefer a 20-minute guided 5-5-5-5 box breathing session WITHOUT background music, please check out this video instead.
SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF THIS PRACTICE INCLUDE:
- improved oxygen uptake and gas exchange
- balanced nervous system
- improved vagal tone
- improved CO2 tolerance
- improved baroreceptor sensitivity
- lower blood pressure
- increased sense of inner calm
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHILE YOU'RE BREATHING:
- Breathe nasally the entire time, with your lips gently closed.
- Try to maintain gentle contact with the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth, right behind your top teeth.
- Use your diaphragm to initiate each inhale, meaning you should feel your belly and lower ribs expand on your inhale and deflate on your exhale.
- Slow your breath down, allowing the inhale and exhale to unfold slowly across each 5-second interval.
- Make your breath quiet. You WILL hear my breath on the recording, but that is merely to guide you. Your breath should be almost imperceptible.
- Find a comfortable breathing position that allows you to relax, feel supported and aligned.
LOOKING FOR A LESS CHALLENGING BOX BREATHING SESSION?
Check out this 8-minute guided 4-4-4-4 box breathing session.