The Effects of Breathing on Heart Activity with Harry Campbell

Black Therapists Rock has been working to bring awareness and education about biofeedback and neurofeedback to the BTR community. Thanks to Harry Campbell and Biofeedback Resources International, free videos are now available to the public.

We want to share The Effects of Breathing on Heart Activity with you.

Breathing greatly influences heart activity through a complex physiological interplay.

When we inhale, lung expansion triggers receptors that relay signals to the brain, triggering a release of neurotransmitters like acetylcholine. This inhibits the heart’s pacemaker, the sinoatrial node, slowing the heart rate (bradycardia) during inhalation.

On the other hand, exhalation reduces these inhibitory signals, allowing the heart rate to speed up (tachycardia). This respiratory-driven heart rate variability is important for maintaining cardiovascular health. Slow, deep breaths can generate a calming effect, reducing stress and lowering blood pressure.

Moreover, synchronized breathing techniques can optimize this connection, promoting a harmonious balance between respiration and heart activity, benefiting overall well-being.

Deep, deliberate breaths can trigger the body’s relaxation response, reducing stress and anxiety. Slow inhalations and exhalations activate the parasympathetic nervous system, promoting calmness. Additionally, mindful breathing practices, like meditation and yoga, enhance self-awareness and mindfulness, fostering a sense of presence and emotional regulation.

Conscious breathing can help break the cycle of rumination, improving focus and cognitive function. Shallow or erratic breathing patterns, on the other hand, can exacerbate feelings of tension and restlessness. In sum, harnessing the power of breath can be a potent tool for promoting mental clarity, emotional balance, and overall well-being.

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