Meet Kimberly, certified Heartmath coach!
She is going to take you through a breathing exercise that will help you to relax and find your center. Learn about the Inner Ease technique – it can be done with or without the Heartmath Sensor and App!
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Just breathe, it’s that simple!
Early on in human evolution, when we were generally struggling to stay alive, we faced lots of physical dangers. This created the basic stress responses in our brains that we still carry today, hundreds of thousands of years later. Years of running from giant animals and the breathing that accompanied that activity stuck with the human psyche as a pairing that equated ‘danger’ with quick, shallow breaths.
Today, when we’re anxious, we still take quick, shallow breaths from our upper chest – this type of breathing is a natural response to stress and sends signals through our body that danger is nearby, which stresses us out even more. Even if there’s no real physical threat, we all still experience these breathing patterns because the stress response hasn’t evolved to differentiate between various stressors. This is why it’s important to pay attention to how you’re breathing the next time you’re stressed, angry, or worried. Look down, is your chest moving up and down with every breath or is your stomach?
With diaphragmatic breathing, you’ll breathe from the belly instead of the chest, which promotes deeper breathing and provides a sense of calm and relaxation encouraging the body to unwind.
To practice, place your hand on your abdomen and push outward while inhaling. A few rounds of this and you’ll remind your body that you’re just fine, and not in any physical danger.
“When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace.” – Unknown
How The ‘Lost Art’ Of Breathing Can Impact Sleep And Resilience
(LISTEN NOW PODCAST, NPR 2020)
Listen to this fantastic interview – Terry Gross of NPR interviews James Nestor about his new book Breath. Get some great tips on breathing for better sleep and reducing anxiety!