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Breathing as a Portal to the Autonomic Nervous System: A Polyvagal Perspective

Broadcast on February 09, 2022
With Professor Stephen W. Porges
Hosted by Lisa de Narvaez

Professor Stephen W. Porges discusses how Polyvagal Theory emphasizes the role of autonomic state as an “intervening variable” mediating your reactions and perceptions of the physical world, as well as shaping and biasing your thoughts and personal narratives. He describes how breathing is a potent and accessible portal to calm and activate the autonomic nervous system and its impact on your mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing.

In this session, you'll discover:

  • Autonomic state is a powerful intervening variable influencing your perception and reaction to the world around you
  • Breathing is an efficient portal to consciously impact your neural regulation of autonomic state
  • Breathing practices are functionally neural exercises that when appropriately implemented, optimize autonomic regulation
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Professor Stephen W. Porges

Distinguished University Scientist, Kinsey Institute, Indiana University

Professor Stephen W. Porges is a distinguished university scientist at Indiana University, where he's the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium. He is a professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and professor emeritus at both University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He served as president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences and is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award. He has published more than 300 peer‐reviewed scientific papers across several disciplines that have been cited in more than 35,000 peer-reviewed papers. He holds several patents involved in monitoring and regulating autonomic state.

Stephen is the originator of Polyvagal Theory, a theory that emphasizes the importance of the physiological state in the expression of behavioral, mental, and health problems related to traumatic experiences. He authored The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-RegulationThe Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe, Polyvagal Safety: Attachment, Communication, Self-regulation, and co-editor of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies. He created a music-based intervention, the Safe and Sound Protocol™, which is currently used by more than 2,000 therapists to help their patients improve spontaneous social engagement, reduce hearing sensitivities, and to improve language processing, state regulation, and spontaneous social engagement.

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