In today’s episode of Warrior Radio, I sit down with Richard Gevirtz, biofeedback expert and distinguished professor at Alliant International University. He’s one of the foremost authorities on heart rate variability (HRV).
For thousands of years, religions throughout the world have placed slow breathing exercises as the gateway to higher levels of consciousness, wisdom, and greater physical, mental, and emotional health. Until recently, most in the west have brushed off this age-old wisdom. Yet the latest science is finally starting to appreciate how true this advice was. Enter Richard Gevirtz.
After studying the meditation practices and breathing patterns of individuals the likes of Swamis, Monks, and Yogis, he’s found that their exercises actually improve one of the most important biomarkers for our health: Heart Rate Variability (HRV).
In this episode we talk about HRV, it’s direct link to mental/physical health, and how 2,500-year-old Eastern breathing exercises can help improve HRV.
What You’ll Learn:
- What is heart rate variability (HRV) and how it’s one of the best biomarkers of your health
- How heart rate variability is related to your nervous system, and the stress it experiences
- Why having a high HRV is associated with high emotional states, and low HRV is associated with anxiety, depression and practically all negative emotional states
- How slow breathing practices is linked to healthy HRV levels
- Richard’s experience studying the meditative practice and breathing patterns of Swamis, Zen monks, and Yogis
- How 6 weeks of consistent slow breathing exercise leads to drastic stress/anxiety/depression reduction, better sleep, better mood, and greater emotional regulation
- How to find your optimal breathing rate to develop a healthy HRV level
- The best devices and apps to record your HRV, and to assist in slow breathing practice
- Wearable technology and the future of biofeedback
Mentioned In Episode:
- Heartmath Institute
- Heartmath Inner Balance
- Bio Medical Instruments
- My Calm Beat App
- Breathe 2 Relax App
- Polar H7 Heart Rate Sensor
- Wild Divine
- Elite HRV
- Lief Therapeutics
- Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Biofeedback by Mark Stern
- Paul Lehrer Ph.D
- Patrick Steffen, Professor
- Fred Shaffer, PhD
- Dr. Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D
- Julian F. Thayer, Ph.D. Professor
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