What is 2:4 and 4:4 breathing?

2 min. readlast update: 02.26.2024

Welcome to the SOMA Breath technique!

2:4 and 4:4 breathing refers to the inhale:exhale ratio of two breathing patterns.

2:4 breathing is where you inhale for 2 beats and exhale for 4. 2:4 breathing is great for calming the nervous system, improving digestion, and relaxing deeply.

4:4 breathing is where you inhale for 4 beats and exhale for 4. 4:4 breathing triggers self healing and it helps you to feel simultaneously relaxed and energised.

Both of these techniques help you to feel really good when you practice them for at least 5 minutes at a time. Because SOMA Breathwork is done to music, it is really easy to maintain a consistent rhythm.

In the 2:4 and 4:4 breathing patterns, the exhaling can be done either through the mouth or the nose, depending on what feels most comfortable for you. Some practitioners prefer exhaling through the nose for a smoother and more controlled breath, while others find exhaling through the mouth more natural. Experiment with both methods to see which one suits you best and feels most effective during your practice.

However, it's worth noting that exhaling through the mouth can help control the flow of air and maintain a more consistent rhythm. Therefore, we encourage people to try exhaling through the mouth initially, as it may lead to a more synchronized breathing pattern. Ultimately, the goal is to find a technique that helps you achieve a state of relaxation and focus.

Additionally, one of the tantra keys is sound. So the sound of your own exhalation will help to ground you further and deepen your connection with your breath and body. Feel the resonance of the sound as you exhale and let it guide you into a deeper state of presence. If you have any further questions or need additional guidance, feel free to ask. Happy breathing!

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