Coherent Breathing: Overview, Benefits, and Effectiveness

Breathing is essential to life. The body self-regulates our breathing cycles subconsciously, with a standard respiration rate averaging between 18 and 20 breaths per minute.1 Stress, adrenaline, and other outside factors can drastically affect our regular respiration rate, sometimes even leading to hyperventilation under situations of extreme stress. Thankfully, we have some control over our breathing rate, and with the practice of coherent breathing, we can influence our body to calm itself down and get back to a more balanced and regular breathing cycle.