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Dynamics of the Diaphragm

Join Bill Ryan for a look at one of the most important muscles in the body, the diaphragm. This umbrella-shaped muscle hidden in our torso is the primary muscle used to control our breathing, but its benefits extend much further than simply pumping oxygen in and out of the body. Discover how using the diaphragm rather than our chest muscles to breathe activates our parasympathetic nervous system, creating a relaxation response that calms the mind and leads us toward a healthier, happier life.

Format: Video with audio download
Length: 13 mins

About the Teacher

Bill Ryan, PhD

Bill Ryan earned a PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Wisconsin and holds degrees in nursing and public health (epidemiology). In addition to being licensed as a registered nurse, Bill is certified as a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist by the American College of Sports Medicine and is a registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance. He brings 30 years of teaching experience in higher education in exercise science, public health, and nursing, and over 40 years of meditation practice to his current position on the staff of the PureRejuv Wellness Center, where he provides biofeedback services.

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