BrainAhead and Research Using the Vagus Nerve to Our Advantage!

Using the Vagus Nerve to Our Advantage!

The healthier the vagus nerve, the healthier we are. The vagus nerve is responsible for helping us shift the body from a state of fight-or-flight, to a resting and calm state. We use this process constantly throughout our day! There are a variety of ways we can strengthen the vagus nerve so that we can respond appropriately to stressors such as humming, deep breathing and practicing mindfulness.

BrainAhead Connection:

Using this knowledge, humming is included throughout the BrainBootcamp course; deep breathing is included in every Brain Bootcamp and Mindfulness class; and we of course have an entire course dedicated to mindfulness to help boost that vagus nerve!


Gerritsen, R. J. S., & Band, G. P. H. (2018). Breath of life: The respiratory vagal stimulation model of contemplative activity. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 12, 397-397.

Porges, S. W. (2011). The polyvagal theory: Neurophysiological foundations of emotions, attachment, communication, and self-regulation. W. W. Norton.

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