- Published: August 24, 2018
Learn how to breathe using Breathing Normalization when the air is hazardous.
Recently I’ve been receiving emails from people in California, Oregon, Montana and other states asking how to breathe when the air is full of smoke from wildfires. I’ve also heard complaints from my neighbors in Crestone, Colorado about couching, itchy eyes and scratchy throats triggered by ashes in the air. Even though there were no fires in Crestone or nearby, here as in many places, the sky looked hazy due to a sizable wave of wildfires on the West Coast.
I need to admit that I did not experience any discomfort because pollutants in the air don’t substantially affect people whose Positive Maximum Pause is around 40-60 seconds or higher. Unfortunately, the Positive Maximum Pause of the majority of people is only 10-20 seconds or even lower; in this case, the smoky air causes suffering. (To understand the Buteyko breathing measurement system click here).
If the Positive Maximum Pause is low, unhealthy air will decrease it even further making the person feeling unwell and triggering various symptoms, which can be related to the respiratory system or not. The good news is that by controlling your breathing by applying the Buteyko Breathing Normalization method, you should be able to minimize or prevent this situation. Below are my recommendations on how to do it.