Practitioner Course

Heart Rate Variability

Help your patients harness the science behind heart rate variability to optimise their health.

Online Course
9 lessons


12 Months OR Subscriber Pass


4.5 Hours


Brad Lichtenstein

About this course

A healthy heart is constantly in a state of flux, continually increasing and decreasing depending upon the situation. This variability is a sign of adaptation and health, conversely low HRV metrics are a sign that the cardiovascular system is compromised. So whilst the science is clear the clinical application of this knowledge is complex.

The reason for this complexity is that it is our autonomic nervous system which regulates our heart rate. The parasympathetic nerve puts on the brakes of the heart. However, there is so much in our modern lifestyles that but pressure on this brake. For example, when your clients are experiencing chronic stress or drinking too much caffeine, those activities increase sympathetic dominance, which prevents the heart from slowing down.

In this instructive course Dr Brad Lichtenstein will show you how to add HRV training to your tool belt - so you can teach your patients to harness this knowledge to optimise health. Brad will step you through the behaviours you should counsel your patients to avoid – such as dehydration and the overconsumption of alcohol and caffeine. As well as the behaviours which improve HRV quality, such as exercise and sleep. Perhaps most importantly, Brad will demystify the various fitness trackers on the market and help you inform your patients about how best to utilise these tools to understand this important bio-marker.
What you receive:
  • Clear protocol explanations from some of the world's top practitioners
  • Clinical pearls for improved practice results
  • Access to your audio and video recordings via the App Store
  • A downloadable PDF of the presenter’s slides
  • Links to all referenced research papers and useful clinical handouts
  • Access to the community hub where you can get answers to your questions
  • A 30-day money back guarantee

From this course you will

  • Learn how to use HRV in your clinical practice 
  • Learn which factors influence HRV - including both physiological and lifestyle factors. 
  • Update your skills in which wearables to use to measure HRV 
  • Learn how to deliver HRV training for optimal performance

What's in this course

Your Presenter

Brad Lichtenstein

Dr. Brad Lichtenstein believes in the healing power of the breath and meditation to shift consciousness and improve health. As a naturopathic physician, author, speaker and former professor and clinical faculty at Bastyr University for over 25 years, he has a strong focus on developing psycho-emotional-spiritual health while dealing with chronic, life-challenging illnesses and trauma.

He has taught counseling, mind-body medicine and biofeedback to naturopathic medical students and graduate students in counseling and health psychology, nutrition, and acupuncture and oriental medicine, as well as spirituality and psychology courses to undergraduates in health psychology. His contemplative approach to care, which integrates his years of study medicine, mind-body medicine and biofeedback, depth & somatic psychology, yoga and movement, bodywork and end-of-life care, was profoundly shaped by his participation in a joint research study between the University of Washington and Bastyr University where he provided over 500 guided bedside meditations to hospice patients.

Dr. Lichtenstein received his doctorate of naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University and is BCIA certified in general biofeedback and heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback. His chapters on mind-body medicine have been published in the Advanced Clinical Textbook of Naturopathic Medicine (2020) and in Integrative Men's Health (2014), and his articles have appeared in several publications and journals (STEP Perspective, Caregiver Quarterly, NDNR and the Huffington Post). Dr. Lichtenstein continues to facilitate in-person and online workshops for practitioners and the general public, and he speaks nationally on topics ranging from stress-reduction, mindfulness and health, mind-body approaches to healing trauma, and issues surrounding end-of-life. Finally, he has hosted over 40+ Death & Cupcakes gatherings around the greater Seattle area encouraging people to become more comfortable with the inevitable reality that faces us all.