The Neuroscience of Breathing

This course was designed for busy business professionals interested in practical tools to manage their stress, to improve their cognitive performance, wellbeing, health and life satisfaction.

  • Designed for business leaders, entrepreneurs, change makers, facilitators, HR professionals, mindfulness teachers and anyone interested in the power of breathing.

  • Taught by Arnaud Complainville - an instructor with scientific background (PhD in Molecular Biology), business experience (HEC MBA, BCG consultant, VP healthcare industry) and mindfulness experience (over 12 years yoga practice, certified yoga teacher and breath coach).

  • 12 years of breathing practices and hundreds of hours of research condensed in 9 videos, 100 slides, 5 breath self assessments.

  • A toolkit of breathing practices to choose from depending on your needs : video demonstrations and 20 audio practices downloadable on your phone (calming, balancing, energising).

Watch Intro Video

Welcome to the Neuroscience of Breathing!

Life starts with breath and ends with breath. How much do you know about it?

Why learning more about breathing?

We learn so much during our formal and informal education, but most of us were never taught how to breathe properly. 

Our life starts with a first breath and ends with our last breath, but we tend to take it for granted in between. Breathing constitutes a gateway between the body and the mind, and breathing practices are a very effective set of tools to manage our level of energy, stress, emotions, focus, cognitive performance.

Those practices have been developed by ancient Yogis thousands of years ago, and we now understand their neurophysiological effects.

In this online self-study course, Arnaud Complainville, will cover the most recent neuroscience research on breathing practices, and guide you through the main practices that will become part of your daily toolkit to master your body and mind.

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Introduction into the neuroscience of breathing

    • How to navigate the course

    • Before we begin...

    • Download the slides - The Neuroscience of Breathing Course

    • What you need to successfully complete this course

  2. 2
    • Breathing Basics

    • Breathing Mechanics

    • Breathing Physiology

    • Breathing and Autonomous Nervous System

    • The Link between the Breath and the Mind

  3. 3
    • How should we breathe part 1

    • Breath testing

    • How should we breathe part 2

  4. 4
    • Balancing Practices Overview

    • Audio: Balancing Practice 4-4, 10 rounds

    • Audio: Balancing Practice 4-4, 20 rounds

    • Audio: Balancing Practice ANB 4-4, 10 rounds

    • Audio: Balancing Practice ANB 4-4, 20 rounds

  5. 5
    • Calming Practices Overview

    • Audio: Calming Practice 4-8, 10 rounds

    • Audio: Calming Practice 4-8, 20 rounds

    • Audio: Calming Practice 4-8-8, 10 rounds

    • Audio: Calming Practice 4-8-8, 20 rounds

    • Audio: Calming Humming Practice 4-8, 10 rounds

    • Audio: Calming Humming Practice 4-8, 20 rounds

    • Audio: Calming Triangle Breathing Practice, 10 rounds

    • Audio: Calming Triangle Breathing Practice, 20 rounds

    • Audio: Calming Box Breathing Practice, 10 rounds

    • Audio: Calming Box Breathing Practice, 20 rounds

  6. 6
    • Fast Breathing Practices Overview

    • Fast Breath of Fire 30 pumpings

    • Fast Breath of Fire 60 pumpings

  7. 7
    • Alternate Nostril Breathing

    • Alternate Nostril Breathing 4-8, 10 rounds

    • Alternate Nostril Breathing 4-8-8, 10 rounds

    • Alternate Nostril Breathing 4-15, 10 rounds

  8. 8
    • The Yogic View of the Breath and Energy

  9. 9
    • The Importance of Breathing Practices for Busy Business Professionals

    • Breath Awareness Meditation

  10. 10
    • Summary of practices effects

    • Practice buildup plan

    • Test your knowledge

    • Conclusions

Instructor

Managing Partner, NeuroMindfulness® Institute, Paris

Arnaud Complainville, PhD

Arnaud has a PhD in Molecular Biology, and a strong business background, with an MBA from HEC Paris. Before co-founding NeuroMindfulness® Institute, Arnaud was a BCG consultant, and he held several Senior Executive positions in the pharmaceutical sector, in strategy and Business Development. Arnaud has a keen interest in bringing Neuroscience and Mindfulness techniques to the business world, while leveraging his corporate experience to help leaders develop to their full potential. He is the co-author of NeuroMindfulness® methodology and Leading with Wisdom executive program. Beyond science, he is passionate about the power of breathing practices, skydiving, nature. Arnaud is a certified yoga teacher and breath coach.

A Toolkit of Actionable Mindfulness Practices to:

  • Reach mental and emotional balance
  • Raise your level of energy during the day
  • Build focus and cognitive performance
  • Manage stress and negative emotions 
  • Improve your sleep
  • Manage nasal congestion and respiratory infections