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Thermometer Vs Thermostat Living

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Look at the graph below. This is a live recording of a Head of Operations of a large MNC. This recording was done using an advanced technology from Institute of Heart math, US. This biofeedback device helps us to measure the number of breaths per minute, depth of every breath, thoughts impacting the breath, the impact of heart rate and how breath, heart and brain work in synchrony at that particular moment (the technical word is psycho-physiological coherence)

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When you observe the graph you can find that the subject is breathing at the rate of 22 breaths per minute with an average heart beat above 100 and a 90% low brain coherence. This person is like an emotional volcano, ready to burst at his sub-ordinates with a slightest disruption of emotions. Many of his sub-ordinates are actually scared to approach him for any issues or help. He is an unfriendly autocratic leader who is completely unaware that this physiology has a greater impact on his psychology, emotions & actions.

Do you know anyone like this subject in your work-spot?

Heart is the switch board of the mind and when the mind racing against time with innumerable thoughts, it affects the heart beat and the breathing rate. He is a classic example of a thermometer based living. The mercury will rise instantly when exposed to conditions of slightest stress, sudden change in customer priorities, boss priorities, when someone criticizes, make a cynical remark or when client service/project go haywire in the corporate arena.

Have you experienced such situations involving instant raise in anger & emotions disrupting your physical, mental & emotional balance.

There is a very simple solution to bring a balance in our body & mind.

Welcome to the world of Thermostatic living!

Thermostatic living in times of crisis ensures inner balance & harmony. All the knowledge that you are going to read should be applied during times of crisis to experience what is meant by true balance & peak performance. But only when the knowledge is applied or practiced daily, it will help you in times of crisis.

Let’s proceed with this understanding….

Inner well-being & Peak Performance can be achieved by anybody when they understand the basic mechanism behind this world’s best super gadget called “My Body”.

Let us look at the graph below of the same subject after two minutes of training.

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The same subject whose heart was beating at 100+, was instantly brought down to 75 just by altering the way of breathing. The simple lesson to learn is we can instantly reset the thermometer rising to a thermostatic living by altering the way of breathing.

Every breath you inhale impacts the heart beat. The heart in turn impacts the brain. As mentioned by all the great masters & yogis, the way you breath determines which part of your brain to function and hence determines your peak performance & capabilities.

For the brain to achieve peak performance & inner well-being all you need to do is breathe slowly & deeply at 5 breaths per minute. This is an ideal breathing graph of 5 breaths per minute.

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By breathing slowly & deeply ensures an instant shift from the volcanic/thermometer living to thermostatic living.

On an average, we breathe between 14-20 times per minute. It is not an easy task to bring your breath rate to 5 immediately. It requires a consistent practice of at-least 10 minutes daily.

Do you have 10 minutes in your life to bring harmony & balance in your body & mind.

Then, start this practice for the next 21 days till it becomes a habit for you.

Always remember, habits deliver results.

Good Luck!

P.S: Do you know why we have two nostrils? I will share with you the science behind this in my next article.


Breath affects Peak Performance & Well-being

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Life is the period between one breath and the next; a person who half breathes, only half lives. He, who correctly breathes, acquires control of the whole being. HATHA YOGA PRADIPIKA -Ancient Yogic Literature

Each human being has a fixed number of breaths allotted. If one breathes slowly then one lives longer; if one breathes rapidly the given number of breaths get used up quicker resulting in a shorter and more stressed life. And that’s not the only problem……

Whatever aspect of life you need to succeed in…

  • Health
  • Wealth
  • Relationships
  • Career
  • Personal Effectiveness

Everyone is faced with the challenging question, “Can I have a better life, while pursuing my goals?” Yes, you can. All you need to do, is learn and practice how to breathe your way to success…

You probably know that your thoughts and your feelings, decide who you are and what you become. But do you know what connects your thoughts & feelings?

It’s your breath that connects thoughts, emotions, desires and actions.

Do you know how many times you breathe everyday? 21,600 times

Which body part  moves when you Inhale? Is it your tummy, chest or nothing moves?

When I asked the question “When you, Inhale, your tummy comes up or goes down”?, more than 50% of participants answered me that the tummy goes down below and many said, there is no movement at all. Very few answered that the tummy bulges up as they breathe in.

By learning to manage your breath, you can learn to manage your thoughts, emotions & actions. India had developed this scientific fact thousands of years ago and passed it down from generation to generation. Whether its meditation or yoga, the fundamental learning is, how to breathe right – number of breaths per minute, pattern, depth, etc

Change in food habits, sleeping pattern, physical activities, stress levels, etc, have all contributed to increasing man’s average breathing count to between 14 to 20 breaths per minute and made it more shallow.

Every emotion has a strong impact on your breathing pattern. Some emotions make the inhalation shallow, some make it slow, and some make it rapid while others make it deep. Since emotions affect our breath cycle, we end up breathing in an inefficient way.

Inefficient breathing leaves us drained and chronically fatigued, irritable, tired, emotionally strained and intellectually dull. In such a state, one cannot understand people or situations correctly; one cannot take proper decisions; and cannot communicate appreciations or critical suggestions in a positive manner. Such people become personally ineffective.

My Personal Research:

Look at the image below which is the breath-heart-brain pattern of one of my research subject.

The subject is breathing 18 times/minute in a shallow and improper rhythm. The heart is conditioned to beat at 105 times per minute and 93% low coherence with the brain. This is the way this person has conditioned his breath-heart-brain-emotions & actions. Many of us are unaware of this fact and continue with our lives expecting peak performance and inner well-being. 

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Indian Yogic Science had maintained that one’s breath needs to be slow and deep to improve one’s  Peak Performance & Inner well-being.  Now modern technology and neuroscience has discovered that the perfect balance of the autonomic nervous system happens at a breath count of 5 per min. Peak Performance & Inner Well-being requires a perfect autonomic balance.

This is how 5 breaths/minute will look like with a proper breath pattern, heart beating at 63 and a 100% coherence with the brain. This is my personal score using Heartmath emWave Biofeedback tool.

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True, slow & deep abdominal breathing has a profound effect onto your thoughts, desires, action, behaviour and even your belief system.

If you want MORE in your life, then LESS & deep should be your number of breaths per minute.

Breath@Work, a revolutionary new program that combines ancient Indian Science, Management Science & Neuro-Science. This potent mix empowers Breath@Work practitioners with the techniques needed to go from good to great in their chosen roles and professions.

As a Co-creator & Chief Scientist of Breath@Work, I say that, Leadership starts from within and we now have the technology and know-how to understand, practice & implement ancient yogic techniques for Performance & Well-being.

Upcoming workshop in Chennai, India on 18th Jan 2013.