If you’re looking for an internal fountain of youth, I would ask you to develop a relationship with your diaphragm muscle and vagus nerve. Sounds boring doesn’t it. You were looking for something that sounded a little more exciting right? I have found that the most profound improvements to our health and wellbeing come from the simplest of tasks.

The way we breathe, fast or slow, mouth open or closed, shallow or deep affects our biochemical, physiological, biomechanical and psychological states of being. Breathing, however, is not something we consciously think about. We don’t need to right? It happens automatically.

The problem today is our brains are not regulating our breathing properly. We have trained our breathing patterns to follow that of being in the stress response which we all know is the driving force behind chronic illness and poor lifestyle choices. When operating from fight-or-flight, we’re in a hyper-vigilant state, physically, mentally and emotionally. Our body and mind believe they’re in danger and operate biochemically and physiologically in this fashion. Chronic stress damages the feedback loop in the brain responsible for executive functioning. Not to mention, we train our Autonomic Nervous System to live in fight or flight which has a myriad of negative affects on various systems and organs driving the leading chronic illness conditions.

In 2017, discover a “life with breath”. Here are 5 breathing techniques you can begin to implement into your day. They’re designed to repair, restore and reboot your nervous system working in concert with the natural ultradian rhythms of the body.

AM Technique

Mid-Morning Technique

Mid-Day Brain Break At Your Desk Technique

Ending The Work Day Technique

Preparing For Sleep Technique

Go BE Great!

Originally published at medium.com


  • Ed Harrold

    Author, Health & Human Performance Coach, Speaker, Educator

    Ed Harrold is an author, inspirational leader, public speaker, coach and educator. Ed’s mastery in the science of mindful breathing has guided him to apply conscious breathing practices in corporate performance coaching, fitness & athletic training, healthcare trainings, stress reduction and overall health and well-being. Ed is the author of Life With Breath IQ + EQ = NEW YOU & BodyMindBusiness: The Business Of BE’ing Within. Today, Ed blends the fields of neuroscience and the wisdom of contemplative traditions into effective strategies to improve well-being in Corporate America, Healthcare, athletic performance and individual health. Ed’s fluency in mindfulness-based strategies combined with the belief in the human potential gives him the depth and understanding to meet individuals and group needs across industries and platforms. Ed is a contributing health & wellness editor for Thrive Global, MindBodyGreen & PTOnTheNet, HuffingtonPost. Ed’s Breath AS Medicine Training offers CE in the healthcare, health & wellness coaching, fitness & athletic training sectors. Learn more about Ed at www.edharrold.com.