When your parasympathetic and sympathetic parts of the autonomic nervous systems are out of sync, you may face difficulties responding to the stressors smoothly. Your sympathetic nervous system is the one in charge of your “fight or flight” response, and the parasympathetic nervous system coordinates your “rest-and-digest” function. If we notice that your body's systems are at odds with each other, we'll send you one of the following breathing practices. All of them had proven their effectiveness after years of scientific research and studies.
- 4-7-8 Breathing can boost your parasympathetic activity, which helps you relax and fall asleep faster.
- The Long Exhale activates your body's parasympathetic nervous system, which helps you calm down when you are under a lot of pressure, and it's hard for you to think, reason, and focus.
- Coherent Breathing helps to calm the body through its effect on the autonomic nervous system. It's quite an easy way to reduce stress and calm down when feeling anxious.
- Fast Pranayama Breathing ramps up your sympathetic nervous system and helps you liven up to tackle the rest of your tasks for the day.
Imagine you are a Wall Street stockbroker who makes a million-dollar investment decision. We'll notice that your body's stress response systems are working overtime and send you the breathing practice that can boost your focus and steer you clear of irrational decisions. Even a few minutes of mindful breathing can sync your systems back up so you can start thinking like a stock market high-roller again.
Or imagine that you are a long-haul traveler that has to give a talk at a conference. Yesterday you arrived in the city seven hours ahead of your biological clock, and today you found yourself in a zombie-state of jet lag. We'll see that you are having trouble kicking it into gear and send you a pick-me-up practice you need right now.
Besides, we can help you gain insight into your meditations and mindfulness practices. If we get your heart rate data collected by Apple Health or Google Fit, we'll show you how much this session helped lower your heart rate and cool down.