The Mind-Body-Breath connection
How does breath influence our body?
When we change our breathing pattern, our nervous system registers the change and prepares our entire body system including the heartbeat accordingly. For example, breathing deep and coherently will enhance heart rate variability and introduce a state of calm & composure.
What is Heart rate variability (HRV)
A measure of the difference between successive heartbeats, a human heart shows complex variability and does not beat similarly beat after beat. In-fact, variability is desired as the higher the variability measure the stronger, flexible and adaptable the heart is.
Various researches show that a few minutes of resonant and harmonic breathing can increase Hrv resulting in better productivity, recovery, less stress, and less fatigue. We measured Hrv before and after a breathing/meditative session and saw a noticeable improvement in various components of Hrv.
For example refer to the readings below, two sessions done by the same subject consecutively-
A) Non-controlled breath, the subject was doing light work on pc.
B) Controlled breath inhaling and exhaling for 5 seconds each, Mindbreath app was used as a visual guide for the session.