Updated: Apr 17, 2022
The 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise by Dr. Weil was adopted from the yogic practice of pranayama, meaning “regulation of breath.” Dr. Weil has since developed it as a way to lull the body into a state of relaxation. It’s meant to diminish stress and bring balance to the body. If done as recommended, it can reduce stress, improve sleep, lower blood pressure and assist with digestive issues.
I do it every morning and before sleep - and depending on the day, sometimes in between! Try it. I am in awe and appreciative every time I use it, as it really does make a difference. I hope it will do the same for you.
From Harvard Health, here is some scientific information on why breathing helps calm our bodies and mind.