The Physiology of Heart Rhythm Meditation

    Hemagglutination: A Symptom of StressDr. 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 […]
    Heartful Sleep: How to Use Meditation to Sleep BetterGive yourself or someone you love the gift of blessed sleep. There is no greater comfort than sleep. This 8-week online course is will teach you how to use meditation to sleep better and fully awaken, so that your rest is more fulfilling and you have more energy […]
    Improved Immune Response with Heart Rhythm MeditationThe "Mother Teresa Effect"Seeing a film about Mother Teresa raised S-IgA, immunoglobin A in saliva, a marker of the immune system, in 132 Harvard students. She was walking; she was not speaking in English. (Study by Dr. David McClelland of Harvard University) This is the effect of being moved in […]
    Reduced Blood Pressure with  HRMThis 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 […]
    Vital Capacity"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 […]
    Vagal ToneVagal Tone is the degree to which the vagus nerve can cause the body to relax. From Wikipedia, with 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 as the […]
    Heart Rate VariabilityThe Problem of Heart RhythmBelow 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 […]
    Prevent Hypocapnia with Heart Rhythm MeditationInternal and External RespirationHypocapnia, 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 […]
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