Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is the Pattern of Your Heart Rhythms. When your heart rhythms are rhythmic and balanced you feel great and your immune system is working great. When your heart rhythms are erratic you feel stress and frustration. Learning to change your own heart rhythms is one of the great practices you can learn to improve the quality of your health, your heart, and your life.
This kind of heart training is an exciting new technology in stress reduction, heart health, performance enhancement and overall well-being.
This chart shows the heart rhythms of a stressed person on the left. Compare that with the heart rhythms of the same person with rhythmic and balanced heart rhythms on the right. The differences in how you feel are dramatic.
We tend to just react to our emotional state throughout the day. But why just react when you can change the way you feel .. in a heartbeat!
If you are feeling frustrated, you can change your heart rhythm pattern by changing the way you breathe. Soon you will be feeling more harmonious, balanced, energetic and more resilient.
HRV is a measure of the subtle beat-to-beat changes in your heart rate. This can be shown on a graph as your heart rhythms.
HRV has become much more well-known and used alot as a diagnostic and training tool within the healing community. It is becoming as common as pulse, blood pressure or temperature in health charts. HRV is also being used as a screening tool for some diseases, including heart disease.
It is believed that HRV will become as common as pulse, blood pressure or temperature in patient charts in the near future. HRV has been used as a screening tool in many disease processes.
Positive or High HRV strengthens the heart by generating a healthy rhythmic heartbeat. Energy is high and emotions are of the healing variety (ie, love, gratitude, appreciation).
Low or Negative HRV has been shown to be an indicator of possible future heart disease. Low HRV means that your heartbeat is weak or flat or irregular (see graphic) and these are both warning signs of a weakened heart and emotional unease.
HRV Can Be Seen on a Global Scale
Low HRV is the norm in many people today. This state of non-coherence can be seen out in the world today as heart disease, irritability, stress, etc.
High HRV is seen in the world with peace movements, the increase of spiritual practice among people, acts of kindness, and the Global Coherence Initiative.
Your heart rhythms are important for many reasons. One really neat aspect of this is that we are connected to each other through our heart rhythms. Watch this video from HeartMath and learn more about this.
The heartbeat is constantly speeding up and slowing down. This is part of normal nervous system function.
Your heart beats in a rhythmic pattern which can be greatly affected by stress and poor breathing habits.
HRV is affected by your thoughts, emotions and environment. HRV shows the condition of your emotional-energetic heart.
Your heart rate is actually speeding up and slowing down all the time. This creates your heart rhythms. Unlike your average heart rate, your heart rhythm pattern shows how stress and different emotions are affecting your nervous system.
The graph above shows low Heart Rate Variability. Stress can cause this irregular rhythm which then affects your whole being.
Low HRV is also associated with poor breathing and many people do not know how to breathe properly.
The 2nd graph shows HRV in a person experiencing Heart Coherence or Positive Heart Rate Variability. There are many health benefits for the heart, mind and body:
With just a little practice you can increase coherence in your own heart rhythms, giving you a new ability to handle stress and increased heart energy.
Heart rhythm practices will put you in a state of heart coherence, which is the optimal state of well-being and health.
You have different choices in how you want to learn heart rhythm practices. I'm giving you my three best recommendations right here. All will teach you heart coherence.
Heart coherence practices will energetically heal the wounds of your heart and open you up to your own heart and life at an authentic and powerful level.
My signature Heart Rhythm Meditation e-Course will teach you how to meditate and give you High HRV which is a state of high performance and heart health.
Heart Rhythm Meditation is a tremendous meditation practice that will help you powerfully connect to your ideals, to others, and to life. Renew your vitality, inspiration and optimism with this complete downloadable course.
One of the very best meditation technology training programs available is from a company called Wild Divine. They have partnered with Deepak Chopra, Andrew Weil, and other leading experts to bring your the best in Heart Rate Variability Gaming and Meditation tools.
What this means is you get to do meditation adventure gaming while connected to your computer with heart rate variability finger sensors (called IOM). This is biofeedback that guides your mind-body practices and also tells you how you are feeling. It is a state of the art method for leaning ancient wisdom practices and centering in your heart.
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The Institute for HeartMath is the leading organization of the past 20 years to study the heart-brain interaction. They pioneered the consumer use of heart rate variability hardware and software, called the emWave.
The emWave2 HRV device is portable and can be connected to your computer by USB connector - mac or pc.
The emWave HRV software: