Internal and External Respiration Hypocapnia, also called over-breathing and hyperventilation, is a common, chronic condition that causes a wide variety of illnesses by decreasing the oxygen delivered to tissues. It is a symptom of long-term stress and anxiety and is so common that it is seldom diagnosed. Rapid, shallow breathing becomes habitual and can even
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The Problem of Heart Rhythm Below are two graphs of the heart rate of a person who is not meditating. (Ignore the very beginning and end of the graph when the software is adjusting.) In the following graph the heart rate is shown versus time. Notice four peaks where the heart rate shoots up to
Vagal Tone is the degree to which the vagus nerve can cause the body to relax. In italics: from Wikipedia. Additional comments by Puran Bair “Vagal tone is an internal biological process referring to the activity of the vagus nerve, the tenth cranial nerve located in the medulla oblongata of the brainstem. The vagus nerve serves
“Vital Capacity (VC)” is the maximum volume of air that one can exchange in a single breath. “Tidal Volume (TV)” is the amount of air that one breathes unconsciously. In adults, Vital Capacity varies between 2.5 and 5 liters, increasing with height, decreasing with advanced age, and increasing with pulmonary health and overall fitness. Low
This graph of the least-squares average of blood pressure readings over an almost two-month period shows a reduction from 141 to 123 in systolic blood pressure of one student in the University of the Heart, Class of 2012, who practiced Heart Rhythm Meditation daily. Slowing the breathing rate has been shown to reduce blood pressure.
Dr. Alexander Angelov, MD, of Swampscott, MA, in his office, with Susanna Bair, President of iamHeart. Using a high-resolution photo-microscope attached to a digital video camera and computer, Dr. Angelov is able to examine the clumping of red blood cells, an indication of stress.Red blood cells normally repel each other because the membrane of each cell
“A scientifically controlled study conducted by German researchers at the University of Kassel has shown that while the chest area of an average person emits only 20 photons of light per second, someone who meditates on their heart center and sends love and light to others emits an amazing 100,000 photons per second. That is
In this guided meditation from Susanna, she helps you to establish the first basic tools for Heart Rhythm Meditation: 1) Posture 2) Conscious Breath 3) Rhythmic Breath.