Much research has been conducted in the past decade about the Heart-Mind connection. We know now that the heart has its own intelligence and sends signals to the brain. These signals are sent as part of an electromagnetic wave that the heart generates from its rhythms.

Our heart tends to operate like pre-programmed machine, regularly beating in steady rhythm.The interval between heartbeats varies in a disorderly and unpredictable way. If the inter-beat interval is regular – either constant or itself rhythmic – then this is a sign of danger.

HEART RATE VARIABILITY (HRV)

The variability of the heart rate (HRV) provides a non-invasive method for estimating the cardiac autonomic nerve activity. HRV changes under influence of our psycho-physiological state, such as during stress, relaxation, exercise but also depends on health and age. High HRV is generally regarded as positive.

HRV feedback has broad applications in reducing stress, performance enhancement and rehabilitation. HRV represents the beat-to-beat changes in your heart rate over time. The heartbeat actually speeds up and slows down all the time. Even though you have an average heart rate (ie, 75 bpm) your heart rate variability actually tells a much more interesting story about your heart, your emotions and your health.By using simple breathing techniques you can create coherence or entrainment between the breath and your heartbeat. A coherent heart rhythm pattern looks like a smooth repeating wave. A non-coherent heart rhythm looks irregular and jagged and represents a state of stress, tension, anger, or negativity.

Your heart rhythm patterns show how stress and emotions affect your nervous system. Simply stated, the more coherence you can create the less stress you have.
And the less Heart Rate Variability you have the greater your risk for mortality.

So, by practicing breathing and meditation you can learn to create heart coherence anytime and anyplace. This is healthy for your emotional state and for your performance in any endeavour.

Now find a quiet place, sit down and relax:

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