"Breath AS Medicine" in Corporate
Wellness & Wellbeing
"Ed was guest presenter speaking on breathing for health. This is HUGE in coaching. Not only did I learn how to reduce stress physically, I have tools to help clients with their mental and emotional states. It's sometimes difficult to calm clients down but not any more!"
Patricia A., Wellcoaches Wellness Coach
Breathing is something we take for granted. It's an involuntary action by the body so we rarely pay attention. So, how can we use "breath as medicine"?
The optimization of breathing is a means to improving the health of the mind, body and brain as breathing rates & patterns influence our biochemistry, biomechanics, psychology or physiology. Therapeutic yoga breathing (or Pranayama) is the “regulation of breath with certain techniques and sequences” where the breath is intentionally altered in order to produce specific results in our biochemistry, biomechanics, psychology or physiology.
To appreciate the role of mindful yoga breathing exercises as a tool in lifestyle medicine, it’s important to understand the relationship between breathing and the function of the autonomic nervous system (ANS), which operates many of the systems and organs being negatively affected by stress AND the drivers of chronic illness. How we breathe is communicating with our brain, heart & autonomic nervous system. The breathing rate and pattern is determining whether to activate the stress response or relaxation response.
Fix the imbalance in our Autonomous Nervous System and we reduce stress, improve sleep disorders along with cardiovascular health, respiratory health, immune function and so much more.
That's how we use Breath AS Medicine!
"Eddie Harrold, an amazing transformational partner who has been teaching our organization that stress is an unnecessary state of mind. Using our natural breath, physical movement and the balance of physiological knowledge, our employees are leveraging his strategies for undoing years of unhealthy reactions to the stressors we all face as corporate citizens. Eddie is what all corporations need."
Eileen Benwitt, Chief Talent Officer
"In a world where we are looking to reduce stress and improve our health, Ed teaches us how to use one of the best tools we carry with us wherever we go; our breath!"
Allison Arden, CEO
Soul + Co.