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Weight Lifting: Breathe Buteyko

Weight Lifting

Weight LiftingAre you familiar with the sounds of inhales and exhales of weight lifters in a gym? To me, they resemble torment, a typhoon, a broken helicopter, or plain farts. They are certainly not the vibrations of a pleasant breeze on a hot afternoon arriving as an angel to embrace all creatures of Earth.

The Internet offers endless recommendations on how to breathe to lift a hundred pounds instead of ten. My advice is not primarily for boosting your athletic performance; more importantly, it is for enhancing your wellbeing. Why not shift the wind to turn weight lifting into a tool for advancing your overall health instead of harming it?

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Breathe Like You Are Meditating: Always!

For many people, it is difficult to understand what is the Buteyko Breathing, but it is really easy to understand. Have you ever meditated? If so, you are probably familiar with the feeling when breathing becomes peaceful, subtle, and almost non-existent.

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Sports: The CO2 Factor

“Excessive breathing is the road to death.” Dr. Buteyko

“My son was born with only one lung,” Margaret, a successful businesswoman from New York City, casually reveals this information during her Preliminary Consultation.

We are looking at each other through our computer screens. Margaret is considering taking Breathing Normalization training for her 4-year-old son, who has been diagnosed with enlarged adenoids. I often work with children with this condition. According to Dr. Buteyko, adenoids growth is the body’s response to over-breathing, its attempt to decrease air consumption by obstructing air intake and consequently boosting the level of CO2. The deficit of carbon dioxide in the lungs is analogous to poison: it is detrimental to overall health and can be potentially lethal. The body tries hard to overcome this hindrance. When a child stops breathing through his or her mouth and starts breathing like a little mouse, adenoids contract and eventually become atrophied. By restoring natural breathing patterns, the Breathing Normalization course prevents adenoid removal surgery.

Norman, Margaret’s little son, is sitting on her lap in front of her computer screen. He looks tired and pale; dark circles goggle his eyes. Norman inhales audibly through his mouth. Even without measuring his breathing, I know that his Positive Maximum Pause is below 10 seconds, a level which, according to Dr. Buteyko, indicates a severe health condition.

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Buteyko Breathing Exercise: A Little Mouse

What is the main breathing exercise of Buteyko Breathing method? What does it mean to breathe like a little mouse? Learn how to breathe healthy to improve your breathing and health. Sasha Yakovleva explains and demonstrates how to breathe like a little mouse.

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How To Be A Nose Breather

How To Be A Nose Breather"Your nose is an intricate air filter, navigation tool, and mood enhancer all in one. Use it; suck in that air; smell the world you live in."

In 2009, The New York Times pioneered to change what people think about breathing. Jane E. Brody wrote an article about the Breathing Center (at that time Buteyko Center USA) and Dr. Buteyko's discoveries regarding asthma. Thanks to this publication, people all over the world began realizing that over-breathing could cause various health issues, including asthma and other respiratory problems.

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Buteyko Jogging

Run To Normalize Your Breathing 

Buteyko Jogging To Improve BreathingThey brought him to a reception room on a stretcher. Awaiting his heart surgery, the flight to this remote city in Siberia was too daunting on Evgeniy. He felt self-conscious lying down while greeting Dr. Buteyko—it was unbearable to accept himself as an invalid. His mind still held on to his image before a sudden heart attack shattered his life. Just a while ago, Evgeniy was an internationally acclaimed cameraman, well-traveled and inseparable from his over-sized bags of cinematographic equipment. Those bags were heavy! In 1988, just a video camera weighed more than thirty-five pounds.

And who is he going to become now? His cardiologist was adamant: “You will never shoot films anymore.” And just as this piece of news wasn’t bad enough, the doctor added, “And no sex for the rest of your life… unless you want your life to become very short.” Forty-four-year old Evgeniy adored his wife, a ballerina who was significantly younger than him. Their son was still little… Evgeniy’s life was exciting and exuberant, but now, he had no choice but to forsake it. The only option given by his cardiologist was bypass surgery; however, its risk was rather high. At the mere thought of this operation, Evgeniy's blood ran cold; contemplating his life after the surgery (if successful) made him wish to expire now. Can Dr. Buteyko create an exit from this labyrinth of despair? For Evgeniy and his wife, it was their only hope.

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Walking For Wellness

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My everyday companion was a toilet bowl. I rushed to it frequently, sometimes spending hours sitting on the tile floor staring at its gleaming “face”—in position for another surge of spewing. I was twenty-three-years-old, pregnant and afraid to eat. My obstetrician said that morning sickness was normal for a woman carrying a child, but it did not feel natural to me. I tried several home remedies endorsed by experienced mothers, but still, more often than not, I was imprisoned in that little room.

One day, my husband of that time drove me to his parents’ dacha, located in the outskirts of Moscow. While my relatives were talking, I went for a walk. Strolling along the fertile cornfields and abundant apple trees, I lost a sense of time. When I returned, I realized that my walk had lasted almost three hours. I was starving! With apprehension, I swallowed a spoonful of mushroom soup. Nothing happened! Then another one—it was harmless. I finished the meal and spent the rest of my day relishing in my puking-free state. The next morning, we drove back to our apartment, located in downtown Moscow on the 19th floor of a skyscraper. I was still okay; my morning sickness returned only two days later.

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Allergies: How To Reduce Allergens You Inhale *

Learn how to control your respiration to decrease allergens you inhale. Establish natural breathing patterns to prevent various allergies, especially triggered by pollen, dust, smoke, mold and animal dander. Improve your immune system by breathing better. Sasha Yakovleva explains how to apply Buteyko Breathing Normalization to reduce or stop allergies without medication.

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Nasal Breathing Promotes Brain Health

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Written by Guest Contributor Bea Jarratt

 

Most people think breathing is an innate ability that needs no manual on how to do it properly. However, there are actually some types of breathing that have proven to be more beneficial when it comes to brain health and overall wellbeing. This article will look at the many benefits of how nasal breathing can help promote brain health.

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Oxygen Advantage

How to increase O2 by increasing CO2?

How to create Oxygen Advantage following Dr. Buteyko instructions? “This is Sasha. How can I help you?” I answered an early morning call.

The caller explained that after reading The Oxygen Advantage book, he tried to breathe nasally during his workouts, but it did not improve his health. He was considering taking the Breathing Normalization course. Mark lived in Boulder, close to my office, and I agreed to meet with him the same morning.

“Sorry for my outfit,” Entering the room, Mark pointed at the sweaty spots on his hoodie. “I’d been sprinting outside,” he explained, vacuuming air into his mouth in between words.

Mark looked fit, well-proportioned and muscular. Obviously, fitness played a big part in his life. After a brief conversation about the Buteyko Method, I measured Mark’s Positive Maximum Pause. It was only 7 seconds. This 60-year-old man had muscles of a 40-year-old and respiration of an 80-year-old.

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Buteyko Breathing Belt: Protection Against Hyperventilation! *

Hyperventilation hides in ambush; the belt is your protection.

Buteyko Breathing belt for breathing improvementKonstantin Buteyko, MD-PhD, often wore a wide leather belt around his torso, just underneath his outer garments. He would say, “Hyperventilation hides in ambush; the belt is your protection.”

When I heard this story from his widow, Ludmila Buteyko, I was surprised: Aren’t we supposed to gain control over our breathing so that we naturally stop hyperventilating? 

Certainly, this is possible, yet it is important to understand that there are some factors that promote hyperventilation. Here are a few of them:

  1. Many people were born as hyperventilators, and therefore have a strong predisposition toward over-breathing.
  2. Because some people have been over-breathing for a very long time, they may have developed a strong hyperventilation habit, which might be difficult to eradicate completely.
  3. The common Western lifestyle is conducive to hyperventilation.
  4. A polluted environment contributes to over-breathing.
  5. Due to atmospheric changes that have gradually occurred on this planet for millions of years, humans have a mild propensity toward hyperventilation.

The belt is a tool that helps to increase awareness of breathing, and as such, it is very valuable.

It is helpful for people who hyperventilate terribly (for example, those who suffer from asthma or obesity), for those whose air consumption is mild, and even for those who have won the battle against hyperventilation by normalizing their breathing. In the second part of his life, Dr. Buteyko belonged to the last category, and yet he chose to wear a belt every day for the rest of his life. 

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How to Evaluate a Workout By Breathing *

Breathing Measurements for Physical Exercises

Measure Breathing for a WorkoutEvery workout contributes to improving or worsening your health.

In a natural world, only beings that breathe well have a chance for survival. If a wild animal puffs and gasps for air, it gets devoured by its predator. Watch the videos of wild animals running; even at a speed of 30-40 miles per hour, they breathe quietly and through their noses. Your ultimate goal is to breathe like them. If you do, most likely, you will become disease-free, which is a normal state for undomesticated beings.

Reversely, if you don’t breathe like a jackrabbit, but engulf air through your mouth, it is almost guaranteed that your physical activity weakens your health. If you breathe through your nose, but loudly, the likelihood of fitness activities dwindling your vitality is still present, but it is lesser.

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Watch & Learn: Science Behind Buteyko Breathing Method *

Ira Packman MD and The Buteyko Breathing MethodDr Ira Packman MD discusses The Buteyko Breathing Normalization Method in this timely and informative video series. He tells of his own personal quest for help treating his own asthma and how he first learned of the Buteyko Method.

He reveals the science behing the Buteyko Method, the biochemistry of what happens in the lungs to cause asthma, hyperventilation and other problems, and why the Buteyko Breathing Normalization Method is effective in treating such conditions.

He also tells of his own success in applying the method and how he was even able to reduce his medication. 

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Could Nasal Breathing Improve Athletic Performance? *

Could nasal breathing improve athletic performance? The Washington PostYes! This was an answer given by an article published by Washington Post this week. The author explains endless benefits of nasal breathing, among them: “Nasal breathing, as opposed to mouth breathing, has another important advantage, especially for effective and efficient exercise: It can allow for more oxygen to get to active tissues. That is because breathing through the nose releases nitric oxide, which is necessary to increase carbon dioxide (CO2) in the blood, which, in turn, is what releases oxygen. Mouth breathing does not effectively release nitric oxide, which means the cells are not getting as much oxygen as through nasal breathing, which could lead to fatigue and stress.”

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Portrait Sasha

Breathing Normalization BlogBlogger:  Sasha Yakovleva

Sasha Yakovleva is an expert on the Buteyko Breathing Normalization Method and Russian Healing Arts, an Advanced Breathing Normalization Specialist and co-founder of BreathingCenter.com. Her work has been featured in The New York Times and many other publications, TV, and radio programs.

She is the author of the books Breathe To Heal, Adenoids Without Surgery, as well as the instructional DVD series called The Buteyko Breathing Normalization Method, and the CD - Breathing Normalization Meditations.

 
 

Portrait Sasha

Breathing Normalization Blog
Blogger: Sasha Yakovleva

Sasha Yakovleva is an expert on the Buteyko Breathing Normalization Method and Russian Healing Arts, an Advanced Breathing Normalization Specialist and co-founder of BreathingCenter.com. Her work has been featured in The New York Times and many other publications, TV, and radio programs.

She is the author of the books Breathe To Heal, Adenoids Without Surgery, as well as the instructional DVD series called The Buteyko Breathing Normalization Method, and the CD - Breathing Normalization Meditations.

 
 

Portrait Sasha

Breathing Normalization Blog
Blogger: Sasha Yakovleva

Sasha Yakovleva is an expert on the Buteyko Breathing Normalization Method and Russian Healing Arts, an Advanced Breathing Normalization Specialist and co-founder of BreathingCenter.com. Her work has been featured in The New York Times and many other publications, TV, and radio programs.

She is the author of the books Breathe To Heal, Adenoids Without Surgery, as well as the instructional DVD series called The Buteyko Breathing Normalization Method, and the CD - Breathing Normalization Meditations.

 

* Disclaimer: Breathing Center's services are educational, not medical; Buteyko Breathing Normalization Specialists are teachers and trainers, not medical doctors. The results of application of the Buteyko Breathing Normalization method may vary from person to person. We cannot guarantee identical results to everyone.

 

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