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🎙️ #88: 🎙️ INTERVIEW | Using Breath to Reduce Stress with Sebastian Rinnebach

🎙️ #88: 🎙️ INTERVIEW | Using Breath to Reduce Stress with Sebastian Rinnebach

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🎙️ #88: 🎙️ INTERVIEW | Using Breath to Reduce Stress with Sebastian Rinnebach

In this episode, my guest is Sebastian Rinnebach, founder of 59 Breaths

After stress-induced hearing loss in his right ear disabled his ability to continue working as a film composer and music producer, Sebastian discovered the profound impact of breathing exercises on stress management. 

This led to the creation of 59 Breaths, where he brought together his knowledge of the transformative power of music on our emotions with breathing exercises and real-time biofeedback to reduce stress.

Listen to the episode to learn more about how just 59 breaths, or 10 minutes of intentional breathing can enhance your heart rate variability and your body’s ability to handle stress.

Key Takeaways:

  • Sebastian Rinnebach transitioned from being a film composer to founding 59 Breaths after experiencing stress-induced hearing loss.

  • Breathing exercises and biofeedback can be powerful tools for managing stress and anxiety.

  • Technology, such as the Apple Watch, can make breathwork more accessible and convenient.

  • Creating a calming and user-friendly experience is crucial in breathwork apps, rather than overwhelming users with data.

  • Heart rate variability (HRV) is a measure of stress adaptability, and it decreases with age. HRV is influenced by various factors including sleep, exercise, and diet.

  • The 59 Breaths app helps users find their optimal breathing tempo and offers personalized breathing exercises.

  • Beginners are recommended to start with shorter breathwork sessions and gradually increase the duration

Listen now on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or Substack Podcasts.

Recommended Timestamps

00:00 Introduction and Background

02:53 Stress-Induced Hearing Loss and the Need for Change

08:05 Discovering the Power of Breathing and Biofeedback

13:00 Building 59 Breaths: Making Breathwork Accessible

22:48 Understanding Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and Stress Adaptability

26:27 Understanding HRV and its Relationship to Stress

30:45 Introduction to the 59 Breaths App and Optimal Breathing Tempo

35:32 The Science Behind 59 Breaths: Finding Your Optimal Breathing Tempo

38:03 Tips for Starting a Breathwork Practice

46:30 The Importance of Stress Management and the Future of Healthcare

Learn More About 59 Breaths

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