Did you know that the yogin (neuter form of yogi) say that if you control the motion of your lungs, then you can control your heart? What does that mean for me, you say? Why would I want to control my heart? I don’t want to be messing with my heart!

This isn’t fake news. Even Hypnosis, NLP, and EFT use principles based in this knowledge, even though they may not recognize or acknowledge it.  One yogin has explained that it’s not really as much about controlling your heart, stopping it or anything like that, as it is about gaining access to the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). Another name for the ANS is involuntary nervous system. What does understanding this do for me you say? It helps you to ward off psychosomatic disorders. What is a psychosomatic disorder? One example is hypertension. Hypertension, more often than not is a condition brought on by habits, by ways of doing and being that can be changed. Habits like relaxation and breathing can be learned, in addition to other holistic modalities, to help resolve hypertension. This fits hypertension into the category of a psychosomatic disorder.

The fascinating thing about all of this is that long before there were western materialistic scientific machines and methods, there were these people who understood what controlling the involuntary nervous system involved and how it could help people live a healthy and joyful life. My very own teacher demonstrated some of the wonders of this knowledge for scientists many years ago.  The secret is the ‘right’ vagus nerve. As has been taught, regulating the motion of the lungs so that the heart can be regulated brings about the capacity to consciously control the right vagus nerve, and thereby access that portion of the mind that coordinates with the involuntary nervous system.

Note the ‘right’ vagus nerve’s connection to the heart in the diagram above. It’s labeled as that which slows the heart down. You also see that there is a connection that speeds the heart up, but the right one is one the yogin say is involved with what we are addressing here.

If you think this is fake news the yogin have a challenge for you. Learn to breathe properly and note its effect on your mind and emotions. Learn how your mind affects your breath, and how breathing affects your mind. Learn the fascinating relationship of the breath, the mind, and the body. The great mystery: the mind can bring the breath under control and in turn be controlled by the breath. Take up the challenge, if you dare to start taking responsibility for your own health and well-being.

Illustration reprinted with permission by Jennifer Hollis, MS,

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