Cardiac Coherence or Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is one of the hottest areas of health and biofeedback research! Studies have found that a low Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is the single most important leading-indicator of heart disease.
Cardiac coherence is a harmonious state where our heart, mind and body are united. Sometimes called The Zone, we feel connected to our deepest selves, to others, and to life itself. Heart coherence occurs when our breathing and heart rhythms become entrained and operate at the same frequency.
This is easily done by simply breathing slowly and deeply and rhythmically. As you breathe imagine your breath is flowing in and out of your heart. As you do this simple relaxation breathing try to add a feeling of gratitude for somebody or something in your life. Hold onto that feeling of appreciation while doing heart-focused breathing. Do this for a few minutes or longer if you can.
Rhythmic breathing causes rhythmic heart rhythms. This is good for your heart! Heart rate slows, blood pressure goes down, emotions calm, and the mind slows.
Our Emotional State
The heart’s rhythm, which is easily measured and graphed by biofeedback devices, is reflective of our emotional state. A chaotic pattern like the one below is oftentimes a reflection of emotional stress and shallow, irregular breathing.
Once one learns to breathe rhythmically and more slowly with a heart-focus, heart rhythms take on a smooth, wavelike pattern as shown below. This pattern reflects positive emotions like gratitude, calmness or optimism. This is called cardiac coherence.
All heart rate variability measures come from assessment of the naturally occurring changes in beat-to-beat heart rate.
Low HRV is a predictor of health problems including mortality, and psychological issues. This can be overcome by practicing cardiac coherence regularly.
If you will do the simple breathing practices described on this site you will see and feel results immediately.
Heal you whole heart, physically, emotionally, and spiritually by practicing heart coherence today. It’s fun. It’s affordable and easy to learn. Cardiac coherence is one of the best things you can do for your heart.
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