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the Russian patent holder
of the Buteyko Method

This Online School Represents
the Russian patent holder
of the Buteyko Method

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Breathe Less to Live Longer

Yogis believe that the lifespan of a man is measured not in years but in a number of breaths. If a person's inhalation is rapid, he or she will die young. If a person is economical with their breath, they will live a hundred years or more. 


As Breathing Normalization specialists, we confirm that breathing reduction slows down and sometimes even reverses aging. Looking at my own pictures from five years ago, before I began practicing the Breathing Normalization method, I can see that I look younger now.

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Absence of Disease or the Presence of Balance

The work of medical doctors is driven by the viewpoint that the human body is as a collection of individual organs integrated into systems - like in mechanics. Often, an organ's function is improved at the expense of other organs; the medical work is often evaluated by the success rate of problems being eliminated instead of overall health improvement. As our medical consultant Dr. Ira Packman put it, health is the presence of balance, not the absence of disease.

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Breathing Exercises?

People often ask our Breathing Normalization specialists, "Isn't breathing supposed to be natural? How come you say that most people hyperventilate?"

If we followed a natural lifestyle, we would not hyperventilate and our breathing would remain normal. But what is a natural lifestyle? Dr. Buteyko was an outstanding physiologist who looked at all areas of human life and determined what is natural for us and what is not. He believed that if people follow their natural lifestyle or, as I prefer to call it 'our original programming,' they would be healthy and there would be no need for breathing exercises. However, since our initial design was mostly abandoned for the sake of comfort, we have to face the consequences.

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Effortless State of Health

Imagine that all pharmacies and hospitals close; all medications vanish; and even alternative treatments became unavailable. What will happen? I imagine that in the United States many people would die. Many would undergo tremendous pain and suffering. Many would not be able to work or take care of their families.

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Over-Breathing is Epidemic

Breathing patterns are the product of our lifestyle. When the lifestyle becomes unnatural, breathing patterns change. As a result, most modern people over-breathe. Hyperventilation becomes a major risk factor for asthma and any breathing difficulty, anxiety, enlarged adenoids, polyps, allergies, hypertension, heart diseases, chronic fatigue and many other health issues.

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Success

Recently I've been very successful. I gave up my car (at least for the summer), stopped eating meat, fish, poultry and eggs. I've also been privileged to observe the success of people around me. For example, my husband, Thomas, stopped using sun blocks, which was not easy considering that he spent many years in Hawaii. He also replaced his Iphone with a simple internet-free phone. I also noticed that AnnChris, our Program Coordinator and a former asthmatic, is off of her medication - she does not need it anymore! Monique, our Breathing Normalization Specialist from Holland, told me that recently she stopped wearing socks and even gave up her favorite vest. She was able to do so because her body temperature became more self-regulatory. Also, several of our students stopped consuming dairy products.

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It's Hot

What happens when the weather becomes too hot? Most people switch to hyperventilation!

During hot summer days the tendency to breathe through the mouth, or too frequently and too deep is always higher. By decreasing the level of carbon dioxide in the lungs, this type of breathing reduces the amount of oxygen being delivered to the brain, heart, kidneys and all other bodily organs (see the Bohr Effect). This makes many symptoms more active and could even cause death.

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Why I Don't Use Sun Block

Theoretically, sun exposure is conducive to our health. Sun rays accelerate metabolism making our bodies produce more carbon dioxide. The increased level of CO2 in lungs lessens our breathing and creates a strong positive impact on all functions of the body.

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Pollen. Now?

Right now, pollen is as high as it can be triggering asthma, allergies and all sorts of breathing difficulties. What can we do about it? Buteyko's breathing exercises help us to pass through this difficult season without the intake of medication. The Awareness Belt is also instrumental in reducing couching, sniffling, sneezing, tearing, etc. Of course, the perfection of the Breathing Normalization method makes people completely free of any breathing trouble, including asthma and allergies. Maybe now it is the time to invest in your health? Maybe now is the time to help your children become disease-free?

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Fitness: Good or Bad For Your Health?

I had not been to the gym for years and when I recently visited one, I was shocked. I saw pale and exhausted people torturing themselves through exercise. Almost all were breathing heavily through their mouths! They were unaware that their fitness was harming their health.

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Look In the Mirror (Breathing Exercise)

Put a chair in front of a big mirror, uncover the upper part of your body and sit down. If you don't have a big mirror, just imagine that you are in front of one.

Familiarize yourself with your breathing by observing your body movements. Ask yourself the following questions:

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Sleeping At Night: CO2 Rich or Poor?

When we are asleep, we don't have any control over our breathing. We are also physically inactive and our metabolism is slow, producing less carbon dioxide than during active periods of the day. Hyperventilation is the strongest during the night and especially early in the morning, usually generating strong symptoms. Stopping hyperventilation during the night is an important step towards better health.

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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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