Breathing to Manage Bodily State based on Polyvagal Theory
What you'll learn
- How to master breathing biomechanics, biochemistry and cadence to manage and anchor your physiological state for health, growth, performance and resilience.
- Only a commitment to self care, taking responsibility for your life, and practicing a minute or more each day.
At all times, our physiological state biases how we "see, hear and feel" the world around us. We can let this play out on it's own, or we can learn to recognize our bodily state and develop strategies to manage our physiology to our advantage.
According to Polyvagal Theory by Stephen W. Porges, PhD, breathing is both a reflection of, and an efficient gateway into, our current physiological state. Through deliberate and skillful breathing awareness and techniques, we will learn how to manage our bodily state and align our nervous system to support optimal health, growth, resilience and performance.
This class provides you with an experiential practice and a simplified summary of tons of research related to topics such as breathwork, Polyvagal Theory, respiratory sinus arrythmia, heart rate variability, baroreceptor efficiency and chemo sensitity to carbon dioxide.
This is an evidence based approach where you will learn, understand and implement the 3 key components of proper breathing, including biomechanics, biochemistry and cadence for maximizing the ventral vagal regulation of your heart and improving baseline cardiac vagal tone.
This course is appropriate for anyone interested in improving their overall health, resilience, longevity, performance and quality of work, relationships and life, through the portal of breathing combined with leading-edge science, specifically related to Polyvagal Theory.
Who this course is for:
- Business Leaders, Corporate Executives, Athletes, Anyone interested in thriving, living a higher quality life, or improving their work, play, health and relationships.
With professional certificates in Training in Positive Neuroplasticity with Rick Hanson Ph.D., the Safe & Sound Protocol by Stephen Porges Ph.D., Polyvagal Theory in Action by Deb Dana, LCSW, and Oxygen Advantage with Patrick McKeown, Michael's innovative approach combines the sciences of Polyvagal Theory with Experiential Neuroplasticity and Breathwork to make lasting changes to the structure and function of your brain, body and nervous system.
Michael also holds two distinct PESI Certificates of Completion - Polyvagal Theory in Action, and Polyvagal Informed Therapy Master Class with Deb Dana, LCSW & Stephen Porges, PhD.
During his more than 25 years of health and performance coaching, Michael holds professional certifications in Medical Exercise, Post Rehab, Senior Fitness and Personal Training, and in 2017 developed a Behavioral Change Certificated Program approved for continuing education credits by the American Council of Exercise for health and fitness professional.
Since 1999, Michael has co-owned and operated Physical Focus Inc., a Personal Training & Health Coaching Center, leading an entire team of health & fitness trainers, coaches and group instructors servicing the communities of Santa Barbara and Montecito, Cailfornia.
Michael resides in Santa Barbara with his wife Jamie, and two daughters ages 15 and 19. He is a competitive age group tennis player, and leads an active outdoor lifestyle including cycling, hiking, surfing and sitting under trees to watch the birds. He has completed several long course triathlons and six marathons, including being a Boston Qualifier/Runner in three consecutive years.