Q?What is Breath@Work?
A.A self development training program designed especially for the busy working professionals, executives & entrepreneurs, which helps them to achieve Health, Wealth and Success in their life.
Breath@Work is a revolutionary new program that combines ancient Indian Science, Management Science & Neuro-Science. This potent mix empowers Breath@Work practitioners with the techniques needed to go from good to great in their chosen roles and professions.
Leadership starts from within and we now have the technology and know-how to understand, practice & implement ancient Indian techniques for Leadership & Performance.
Breath@Work is an experiential breath-work-shop that synthesizes modern and ancient Sciences to give you simple, practical techniques that you can use in your daily life so you can live the life of your dreams.
Q?How does Breath@Work impact our Peak Performance & Well-being?
A.Our corporate success is measured annually through our performance appraisal system which has clearly defined key result areas & key performance indicators. All of us are familiar with KPI’s, but we do not know that our BPI determines and influences the KPI’s in life. Kindly click this link and read how breath affects our KPI(Key Performance Indicators) and thereby peak performance and health.
Q?What is Biofeedback?
A.Biofeedback is a technique in which people are trained to improve their health & performance by learning to control certain internal bodily processes that normally occur involuntarily, such as breathing rate, breathing pattern, heart rate, blood pressure, muscle tension, and skin temperature. These activities can be measured with electrodes and displayed on a monitor that both the participant and his or her practitioner can see. The monitor provides feedback to the participant about the internal workings of his or her body. This person can then be taught to use this information to gain control over these “involuntary” activities.
Q?Are there any research studies proving the connection between breath, heart & brain towards peak performance & health?
A.Yes, some of the independent studies which is of significance are as follows:
- Effects of Heart-Rate Variability Biofeedback Training and Emotional Regulation on Music Performance Anxiety in University Students, by Myron Ross Thurber.
The effects of heart-rate variability biofeedback training and emotional self-regulation techniques on music performance anxiety and music performance are examined in this study.
- A Controlled Pilot Study of Stress Management Training of Elderly Patients with Congestive Heart Failure, by the Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention at Stanford University.
The effects of a HeartMath program on patients with congestive heart failure were examined in this study. Read the key findings and a summary of the Stanford Study. It begins midway on the page.
- The Impact of an Emotional Self-Management Skills Course on Psychosocial Functioning and Autonomic Recovery to Stress in Middle School Children, by the Miami Heart Research Institute.
- This study examined the impact of a HeartMath program on psychosocial functioning and physiological responses to stress in students at a middle school in Hialeah, Fla.
- The Effect of Employee Self-Management Training on Personal and Organizational Quality, by B. Barrios-Choplin, R. McCraty, J. Sundram, M. Atkinson.
Q?We have been taught to take 6 deep breaths “in” through the nose and “out” through the mouth to help us relax. Is this correct?
A.Some yoga breathing exercises may involve this type of breathing which are supervised. Outside of this, this type of breathing may lead to hyperventilation. It’s the volume of air you are breathing per minute.
There is confusion over the term “deep breathing” and “shallow breathing”. It is our understanding that breathing should be “in” and “out” through the nose.
For many of us the instructions given at home, school and in exercise classes have been to take a deep breath in through the nose, down to the tummy and then to breathe out heavily through the mouth to get rid of all the stale air.
We believe that breathing should be comfortable, deep in the body using the diaphragm and not the upper chest, at rest. There is a feeling of calm and wellbeing with relaxation in the neck and shoulder muscles. Whereas shallow breathing is fast, uncomfortable, unsatisfying and sometimes noisy, breathing in the upper chest. Along with this comes tightness and a feeling of stress in the upper chest giving us a feeling of disease.
Q?How long does it take for Breath@Work techniques to “work”, i.e. improve health & performance?
A.While this may sound somewhat incredible, a single breath at the frequency/depth of cardiopulmonary resonance yields a positive psycho-physiological response. For this reason, it has been found that most users exhibit both quantitative and qualitative improvement within minutes of using the Breath@Work techniques learnt systematically from a certified BREATH@WORK facilitator.
Q?There are many breathing & yoga techniques. How is Breath@Work program different from the others?
A.The techniques used in Breath@Work program are carefully selected from the ancient wisdom of Indian yogic science to suit the current context of the corporate reality. The techniques & practices are chosen to only to enhance your performance, emotional stability & health apart from other benefits. These techniques are not meant towards self-realization or to cure certain ailments as presented in the yogic scriptures. All techniques are customized to suit the individual needs after careful assessment and aligned towards the breathing cycle with the fundamental autonomic nervous system rhythm, resulting in autonomic balance and cardiopulmonary resonance.
Q?What can I expect in the short term from this program?
A.By following the method learned from a certified BREATH@WORK facilitator, each day you practice the techniques (atleast for 20min daily); you can anticipate increased calm, comfort, and sense of well being. Your ability to focus & concentrate will improve and obvious reduction in your stress levels which helps to perform better at workspot.
Q?Is it possible for a manager to change how they breathe on an ongoing basis?
A.Yes, definitely. Modifying one’s breathing is like modifying one’s posture. Once you know what to do and why you are doing it, it simply involves ongoing practice and commitment. Having said this, for you to achieve maximal benefit, it will be necessary for you to commit yourself to a fundamentally new approach to breathing and practice atleast for a minimum of 3-6 months.
Q?How long does it take to retrain one’s role specific breathing?
A.In PsychoCybernetics (ISBN: 0-671-70075-8), Maxwell Maltz recommends practicing mindfully for 20 minutes per day for 21 days, after which the new engram will be established. This method has been found to be very effective even with our Breath@Work program. 20min of practice every day bring about a huge change in physical, mental, emotional & vital level of the participant.
Q?Once I train my body & mind with the BREATH@WORK techniques, will it remain trained?
A.Yes, with the ongoing application of awareness and practice. Without ongoing attention and awareness, with time and stress one tends to revert to prior breathing habits. This is the reason we have designed the entire program to ensure continuous practice & enhance your awareness. There is a continuous ongoing support through weekly meetings by participating in our TGR Happyness Circle and also regular email and tele support with the Chief Facilitator.
Q?Is role-specific breathing necessary to achieve managerial & leadership excellence?
A.Yes, in fact the degree of coherence is really a measure of the degree of synchrony between the intrinsic autonomic nervous system rhythm – The Fundamental Quiescent Rhythm(FQR) , the breathing cycle & your brain performance. The slower the no. of breaths per minute with the right degree of coherence & synchrony, the better will be your managerial & leadership excellence. But you should be aligned properly by a certified BREATH@WORK facilitator according to the role you perform. The number of breaths per minute, heart rate variability, breathing pattern for a sales person or an operations manager should and will be different from a CEO/MD who is more a conceptual thinker. Excellence is possible at all levels if you scientifically analyze & practice BREATH@WORK techniques with commitment regularly. Click here to read more about this…
Q?Whether Breath@Work is a religious program?
A.Breath@Work program is a scientific & non-religious program empowering busy executives at physical, mental, emotional & vital levels of existence. BREATH@WORK is a synthesis of Neuro-science, Indian Yogic science & Management Principles.
Q?What is the relationship between heart-rate variability and coherence?
A.Heart-rate variability (HRV) is the normal, naturally occurring variations or changes in the amount of time between heartbeats. This is different than your overall heart rate – the number of beats that occur in any given minute. It is directly related to coherence, the measure of which derived from HRV, or the heart’s rhythm over time. Coherence reflects the orderly and harmonious connectedness between various systems in the body such as the heart, brain and respiratory and immune systems. When our heart-rate variability is functioning normally, not too great or too little, we are able to achieve this coherence, which can be measured by our heart-rhythm patterns with a monitoring device such as an electrocardiogram or emWave device designed by Institute of HeartMath, USA
Q?What is the difference between heart rhythm and heart-rate variability (HRV)?
A.Heart-rate variability is the naturally occurring, beat-to-beat variations in the time between heartbeats. It is these beat–to beat changes that make up the heart rhythm. A variety of factors, such as exercise, our thoughts and feelings and breathing patterns all influence our heart-rhythm patterns.
Although thoughts and emotions can change heart-rhythm patterns, conversely, changing heart rhythms can affect other bodily systems as well, including the brain – its ability to process information, decision-making, problem-solving and creativity. Heart rhythms also can directly affect how you feel, and how you feel can affect your heart rhythms. A significant finding in this area of research is that we can intentionally experience certain positive feelings such as caring, compassion and love to advantageously affect our heart rhythms and overall well-being.