The Science Behind Our Relaxation Exercises

March 22, 2023
The Science Behind Our Relaxation Exercises

The science behind our relaxation exercises

Did you know that our heart is not a metronome? In fact, slight variations in the time between adjacent heartbeats are good and important for our body to adapt to challenges and achieve optimal performance. However, long sustained periods of stress can cause a low heart rate variability (HRV) which is associated with burnout and other serious health problems. In this blog post, we will discuss how coherent breathing exercises can increase our HRV and modulate our heart rate.

Coherent Breathing to Increase HRV

Even though breathing is an unconscious act, we can bring it under conscious control by breathing slower. Coherent breathing is a breathing technique that involves breathing deeply and slowly at a frequency of 6 breaths per minute.

When we breathe deeply and slowly, at the frequency of 6 breaths per minute, the inhalation temporarily suppresses parasympathetic activity and causes an immediate increase in the heart rate. On the other hand, exhalation decreases the heart rate and restores parasympathetic activity.

As you can see in the image below, this causes the heart rate to sync up with the respiratory rate. This means, we can easily modulate our heart rate in order to increase the HRV (increase the variation between heartbeats).

The Benefits of Coherent Breathing

Coherent breathing has numerous benefits for our physical and mental health. First and foremost, it promotes relaxation and reduces stress and anxiety. This is because coherent breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for the "rest and digest" response. Additionally, it can improve our cognitive function by increasing blood flow to the brain and improving oxygenation. Coherent breathing has also been shown to have a positive impact on our immune system by increasing the number of immune cells in our body.

EMOTAI's Relaxation Exercises

EMOTAI's relaxation exercises guide you through coherent breathing to help you increase your HRV and modulate your heart rate. After just one exercise, you can feel more relaxed, less anxious, and with a clearer mind. With practice, you can get better at following the breathing pattern which will lead to even greater benefits for your physical and mental health.


In conclusion, coherent breathing is a powerful technique that can help us increase our HRV and modulate our heart rate. This has numerous benefits for our physical and mental health, including reducing stress and anxiety, improving cognitive function, and boosting our immune system.

EMOTAI's relaxation exercises are a great way to start incorporating coherent breathing into your daily routine and experiencing these benefits for yourself.

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