Doug Keller: The Vagus Nerve & Healthy Breathing

Eva Norlyk Smith

Breathing seems simple—you breathe in and you breathe out. But there are patterns to our breathing that are of our own creation. These patterns are often artificial strategies for dealing with events in our lives.

Unfortunately, unhealthy breathing patterns affect us adversely in numerous ways. In particular, it is increasingly recognized that deep diaphragmatic breathing is one of the best ways to ensure healthy vagus nerve functioning.

A woman in supported Corpse Pose (Shavasana) to promote body awareness and health

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