What You Need to Know
- Your brain controls the process of getting inhaled oxygen from your lungs to your muscles and carbon dioxide from your muscles to your lungs to be exhaled. This is called the gas exchange.
- Sensors (nerve receptors) in your nervous system that keep the brain up-to-date on what’s going on locally.
- Your brain controls your heart rate, respiratory volume, and local circulation
- Control can be autonomic or conscious
- Most breathing is not done consciously which means that your breathing patterns will be selected for you throughout the day and night
- Conscious control is driven by one part of your brain, non-conscious by another
- Conscious breathing practice will translate into non-conscious skills and breathing patterns
- Autonomic breathing is controlled by respiratory centers in your brainstem and is largely driven by three factors