The benefits of coherent breathing
Coherent breathing or HRV breathing is a technique where you voluntarily breathe in and out for an equal amount of time causing the rhythms in your body to synchronize. The heart begins to sync with your breath, blood pressure, and brain waves.
We typically inhale and exhale at a rate of 2 to 3 seconds, coherent breathing extends that time to about 5 or 6 seconds as a way to self regulate your autonomic nervous system. Science has proven that by using conscious controlled breathing we can gain access to the autonomic nervous system, activating our sympathetic or parasympathetic nervous system, however, the purpose of coherent breathing is not to activate the autonomic nervous system but rather to balance it.
Breath work specifically for the parasympathetic nervous system has more direct effects on conditions such as adrenal exhaustion, PMS, and IBS. Coherent breathing is best suited for addressing cardiovascular health problems, including hypertension and poor circulation in the hands and feet.
The heart is the most powerful source of electromagnetic energy in the human body, more so than the brain (Even though the two work and communicate together), the energetic frequency of the heart can be detected up to 3 feet away from the body, in all directions. This is why emotions are such a strong driving force in why we do things and also explains the concept of the Law Of Attraction. Have you ever noticed that whenever you're around people with good vibes, it's magnetic, you're automatically drawn to them and they make you feel good just by the energy they give off? This is the power of the heart and brain being in sync with each other, When you feel good in here (you're heart) you think good in here (your mind) and I know grammatically that's not correct but it's accurate.
When there’s an incoherence (lack of synchronicity) between the heart and the brain this can leave you less resilient to stress more susceptible to depression and impact your overall health.
Heart and brain incoherence can leave you feeling like a victim, as if nobody loves you or that the world is against you. Whereas when you're in brain and heart coherence you feel whole, you’re in love with life, and feel genuine happiness and gratitude within yourself and towards others.
I've given this method to several of my clients and they've reported having better moods and better quality sleep. Doing this daily is also said to help those dealing with fibromyalgia or chronic muscle pain. Asthma, depression, hypertension, self-control.
When Your Heart and Brain Are In Coherence (in sync)
- You Feel Whole
- You Love Life
- You feel happy
When Your Heart and Brain are incoherent (out of sync)
- You feel as though nobody loves you
- The world is against you
- You feel like the victim