Anders Olsson, How our breathing can affect our health, performance, and longevity

We all breathe as an absolute necessity, yet, many of us breathe sub optimally. In this interview, Anders, author of a highly rated book Conscious Breathing, walks us through the seven components of Conscious Breathing. We also discuss fascinating and less-discussed topics around breathing, such as the importance of carbon dioxide (CO2) in our body, sex hormones’ interactions with breathing and much more!


1:40 Anders’ path to become one of international leaders in breathing
4:40 What is Conscious Breathing; its seven habits
5:40 Importance of nasal breathing
6:40 Low breathing, not the same as deep breathing
9:10 Roles of oxygen and carbon dioxide (CO2) in our body, mitochondria, ROS
28:00 The importance of right posture
32:00 How to improve the lung and diaphragm muscles
34:30 Rhythm of breathing
38:00 Relaxator by Conscious Breathing; how it affects heart rate and HRV (heart rate variability)
42:00 How hormones affect our breathing
49:00 Sleeptape by Conscious Breathing
55:50 Relaxator’s positive effects on HRV
64:00 Habit #7: quiet breathing
65:30 Exciting future plans: breathing suit, breath analyzer

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Rohan Dixit, founder and CEO of Lief Therapeutics: Discover and improve the state of your mind through continuous HRV monitoring with biofeedback

Rohan left his academic job as neuroscientist to spend almost an year with monks in Tibetan mountains. Initially focusing on scanning monks’ brains, his focus shifted to heart rate variability (HRV) as a way into the state of our mind. In this interview, Rohan discusses HRV both as a measurement of and intervention to mental wellbeing, Lief Therapeutics and its wearable continuous HRV monitor, the often unknown power of biofeedback to control our body, and much more!
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How Does Autonomic Nervous System Affect Health?

If you’ve been following my blog, you may already know that I’m very keen on learning about and improving my HRV through a continuous HRV monitoring. Why focus on HRV, you may ask.

It seems intuitive that autonomic nervous system (ANS), that regulates body’s vital functions like breathing, temperature and digestion, affects the rest of our body. But in which ways does it affect the body’s overall health? Does low HRV (dominant sympathetic nervous system) affect the immune system and how? Keep reading, if you, like me, have ever wondered these questions.


Try this one thing to improve your HRV instantly

After posting my first article about continuous HRV monitoring with Lief, my journey to improve HRV continues. Today, Lief is an indispensable part of my lifestyle and attaching it on my chest is one of the first things I do every morning. Seeing live impacts of an action, a habit, an event etc. on my HRV when they’re happening is so powerful, allowing me to fine tune various aspects of my lifestyle in order to improve HRV.


Is standing workstation hurting Heart Rate Variability? How to improve HRV with continuous HRV monitoring

When my acupuncturist asked how my stress level was, my sincere answer used to be: “Not particularly stressed. My job is a deskwork writing emails and such. It’s not that stressful”. Little did I know!

After I started wearing my Oura ring, the most surprising findings were my deep sleep and very low nighttime HRV. (You can read my experience with hydrogen water that dramatically improved my deep sleep here.) Most of the nights my HRV was below 20, even I wasn’t training hard or facing a noticeable stress. Stress management should be #1 priority for anyone interested in hacking their health, and so I decided to dig deeper.