406 Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback (2 credit units)

Heart rate and breathing are inextricably related. The variability of heart rate (HRV) and its patterns reflect states of emotion, arousal, and health. Included in this course are: HRV physiology – cardiac inputs and outputs, myths about heart rate, HRV as a measure of health and conditioning, effects of stress, and demographic differences; HRV measurement – specific frequencies and spectral analysis of multiple frequencies; HRV and emotions – coherence, resonant frequency, and breathing; HRV assessment – research findings; breathing (capnography) and HRV monitoring; HRV flexibility training – optimizing autonomic balance for emotional self-regulation, health risk reduction, and performance enhancement.