4-7-8 Breathing + Tapping Exercise

by | Nov 27, 2020 | Uncategorized

I am no breath work expert, but you don’t need to be an expert to understand that breath is life and it is a sacred act we do without even thinking. The power in breath comes when you bring awareness and consciousness to it.

Tapping helps me tune in and become aware of my body and my breath. The 4-7-8 breathing was something I have been using for a while especially before bed, because it can be particularly sedating. Combining these two techniques makes for powerful and gentle shifts with your nervous system. I recommend using this exercise before bed, as it can be very sedating. 4 cycles is perfect to begin with but you can do up to 8 in one sitting. Do be advised this is not substitute for medical attention and make sure you are not driving, handling machinery, or engaging in particularly dangerous activity while attempting this exercise.

Check out my guided instructional video on doing 4-7-8 breathing + tapping here.


All credit for the 4-7-8 breathing exercise goes to Dr. Andrew Weil. A direct quote from the Dr. Andrew Weil website is below detailing the powerful effects of this breathing method.


“The 4-7-8 breathing exercise is utterly simple, takes almost no time, requires no equipment and can be done anywhere. Although you can do the exercise in any position, sit with your back straight while learning the exercise. Place the tip of your tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind your upper front teeth, and keep it there through the entire exercise. You will be exhaling through your mouth around your tongue; try pursing your lips slightly if this seems awkward. This breathing exercise is a natural tranquilizer for the nervous system. Unlike tranquilizing drugs, which are often effective when you first take them but then lose their power over time, this exercise is subtle when you first try it, but gains in power with repetition and practice. Do it at least twice a day. You cannot do it too frequently. Do not do more than four breaths at one time for the first month of practice. Later, if you wish, you can extend it to eight breaths. If you feel a little lightheaded when you first breathe this way, do not be concerned; it will pass.”


For more information on its benefits and how to’s of this exercise, visit this link here.

While EFT is still considered by many to be an experimental self-help tool, others describe it as an evidence-supported modality. This course is not meant to replace medical care or treatment and does not constitute a client practitioner relationship with Mozelle. The tools and materials provided here are deemed educational and are not guarantees of any kind. Participants with diagnosed medical or psychological conditions are advised to seek the recommendations of an appropriate licensed healthcare professional. Reviewing, accessing, viewing or downloading this does not represent a professional relationship with Mozelle. If you use any of this information in this course, Mozelle assumes no responsibility for your actions.

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