Conscious Breathing and the Vagus Nerve

By
Dr. Arielle Schwartz
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Our bodies reflect our relationship to stress. When under duress, your sympathetic nervous system kicks into gear, which can lead you to breathe with quick, forceful inhalations into your upper chest. This breathing pattern prepares you to flee or fight off impending danger. There is wisdom in your body’s protective defense patterns. Yet, you are not meant to live there long term. 

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