Heart Rhythm Gives Cardiac Health
Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the developed world. Heart Rhythm Meditation contributes to cardiac health by creating a coherent pattern of heart-rate-variability (HRV), which eliminates two of the main signs of cardiac disease: low HRV and high-frequency changes in heart-rate. With daily practice, a coherent HRV is extended beyond one's actual meditation time to become a consistent characteristic of the heart, for a prolonged, productive life. Learn more about HRV.
Slowing the breathing rate has been shown to reduce blood pressure. Within a few minutes, the muscles surrounding the small blood vessels dilate [relax], allowing blood to flow more freely and resulting in lower blood pressure. Research shows that with a breath rate of 10 breaths per minute, blood pressure is reduced up to 36 points systolic and 20 points diastolic. Average reductions in seven clinical tests were 14/9 points.
Learn more about lowering Blood Pressure through slow breathing.
Stress Management through Self-Regulation
Stress is a natural condition of life, which can cause growth or disability. Heart-rate-variability (HRV) can indicate whether you are handling your stress without physical harm, as you can when your heart is energized. Heart Rhythm Meditators can demonstrate the ability to harness high levels of stress by packing their arm in ice. Normally, the freezing produces intense pain and withdrawn circulation, but there is neither with Heart Rhythm Meditation because we melt the ice with an energized heart. Generally, we aim to have a greater effect on the environment than the environment has upon us. Learn more about Self Regulation.
Asthma is aggravated by stress, and especially by the rapid, shallow breathing characteristic of stress. When you breathe too fast, you lower the CO2 content in your lungs to an abnormal level and so your blood becomes too alkaline, with the result that your bronchial tubes will spasm and contract. (Bronchospasm and bronchoconstriction.) Heart Rhythm Meditation practices a slow, deep breath (more effective than the Buteyko method) that calms the bronchial tubes. Learn more about Hypocapnia.
This slow, rhythmic breathing is also effective for calming anxiety. Two senior IAMheart teachers have specialized in therapy for anxiety using Heart Rhythm Meditation.
Going to sleep is an example of a change of state of consciousness, as is waking up, and waking up further to the heightened awareness of meditation. When you learn Heart Rhythm Meditation, you learn to control your breath, and with this skill you can produce a change of state in consciousness, whether to put yourself to sleep or fully energize and awaken. Heart Rhythm Meditation also reduces the anxiety that keeps sleep away. See Heartful Sleep.
Get Off Anti-Depressants
Depression is a condition of the emotional-energetic heart, so treating it by administering chemicals to the physical body is ineffective. Heart Rhythm Meditation energizes your heart to create the confidence and optimism needed to live your life free of psychotropic drugs, like anti-depressants and sleeping pills. See our course 104 on Restoring Optimism.