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Can Buteyko Breathing Exercises Be Harmful?

Question Of The Week: I learned Buteyko online. I contacted a Buteyko website because I’ve heard that the Buteyko breathing exercises help to overcome anxiety. A Buteyko practitioner recommended that I start doing an exercise called “steps” combined with maximum pauses of breath holding. I practiced it for a few weeks and my anxiety only worsened. When I asked the Buteyko teacher for help, I was told that I needed patience because the worsening of my condition was actually an improvement disguised in a form of a healing crisis. So, I decided to continue the breathing exercises. In a month, my anxiety was wilder than ever before. I asked the Buteyko practitioner again. This time he told me that the healing crisis could last for six month or more. Sasha, is it possible to explain this situation?

Sasha Yakovleva, Breathing Normalization Teacher

Sasha's Answer: People assume that all breathing exercises, including Buteyko breathing exercises, are helpful no matter what, but this is not true. Doing the wrong type of exercise for your condition can be harmful. In case of anxiety, for example, doing long breath holds could be damaging and often creates more anxiety. For this particular condition, Dr. Buteyko recommended doing only short breath holds combined with relaxation.

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How To Use Physical Exercise To Control Breathing Problems

Breathe To Heal book - Learn How To Improve Breathing

This is an excerpt from Breathe To Heal book, a part written by A. Novozhilov M.D., the co-founder of Clinica Buteyko in Moscow.

Physical exercise is very important in helping to normalize your level of CO2. However, unless you are careful to control your breathing while exercising it may worsen your condition, especially if your Positive Maximum Pause is less than 20 seconds. If your PMP or CP is low, you should take particular care while exercising and avoid very vigorous exercise. Your aim should be to raise your PMP/CP through exercising.

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How To Pronounce The Word ‘Buteyko’?

Question of the week: How do you pronounce the word ‘Buteyko’?

SashaSasha Yakovleva, Breathing Normalization Specialist’s answer: It’s Boo-tay-ko. Konstantin’s last name was originally misspelled in English and therefore it is difficult to pronounce. People would often say: “Beau-tay-ko? What is that about?” It is important to pronounce Dr. Buteyko’s name correctly; the beginning of it is pronounced as in the word “boot”, not as in the word “beauty”.

Physical Exercises Can Worsen Breathing Or Improve It

Watch this video of Kirk Smith, Pilates Instructor and soon to be a Breathing Normalization Specialist about fitness and optimization of breathing.

First, Learn How To Breathe.” Joseph Pilates

Breathing More Does Not Mean To Breathe Better.” Kirk Smith

Athletes often are not able to achieve desirable results due to limitations imposed by their breathing. Their muscles and bones are not a problem but breathing is. Runners cannot increase their pace because they run out of air. Bikers cannot claim a high hill because their respiration is too high.

There is no difference when it comes to a non-athlete population. A person runs upstairs and has to gasp for air as a fish out of water. In the morning, a woman rushes to her office and ends up having tension in her chest throughout the whole day.

Why do these things happen?

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Bike And Hike Without Breathing Problems

Many people contact me with the questions about how to breathe during physical activities. It is a big issue for anyone who has breathing difficulties, which often creates a deadlock situation. On one hand, to be physically active is essential for overcoming breathing problems; on the other hand, physical activities often become a trigger for asthma symptoms and other types of breathing difficulties. As a result, people stop exercising and their health worsens. Fortunately, the Breathing Normalization method helps people find a way out of this hostile place. Adults and children become able to hike, run, bike, swim, and do yoga without experiencing any breathlessness, coughing, excessive mucus or fatigue.

Peter Merlin was not able to exercise without a coughing fit caused by his asthma but now he is biking and skiing at a high elevation without breathing problems. He lives in Boulder, CO; he took three levels of Breathing Normalization training and became a certified Breathing Normalization Specialist.

Watch this video to learn from Peter about how to control breathing during physical activities.

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Your Body is Not a Car

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Western Doctors tend to look at disease like a mechanic looking at a car. Something has gone wrong and we need to get in there and fix it by using medicine, surgery, etc. Dr. Buteyko had a different way of looking at disease and the body. He viewed the body as highly intelligent. Everything that happens in the body, the body is doing it for a reason. It’s trying to maintain homeostasis. Its balance.

Breathing is incredibly powerful. Dr. Buteyko would say we can live without food for a few weeks, water for about a week, but could survive without air for only a few minutes. Air or how we breathe is the most important component for our health and the most powerful one. Click "Read More" or below to watch a video explaining more about the theory of the Buteyko Breathing Normalization Method.

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6 Tips To Get Your Kid To Breathe Better

How To Help Your Child To Improve Breathing:

1. Always make sure that your son or daughter breathes through her nose only (this includes a nighttime and physical activities).

Make sure your child always breathes through his or her nose

 

2. Your child should have enough time to rest and relax; his or her schedule should not be too busy.

To breathe better a child needs a time to relax

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How To Measure Your Child's Breathing?

Back To School, Back To Over-Breathing:

Going back to school often means that a child is going back to frequent colds and flu, constantly running nose, enlarged adenoids and tonsils, fatigue, allergies and other problems triggered by hyperventilation.

Being at school comes with a combination of stress, excitement, sedentary lifestyle, and short but intense periods of physical activities (sports), which almost inevitably increses over-breathing and consequently makes respiratory and other symptoms worse. Nevertheless, when a child’s Control Pause is at the level of the Buteyko norm or at least close to it, he or she becomes protected from all these problems. 

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Breathing Exercises that Fits into ANY Schedule

How To Do Short Breath Holds? 

With everything we have to do in a day, sometimes the last thing we have time for is to work on something that should be automatic - like breathing. While the Breathing Normalization method is meant to help relieve stress, for some the mere thought of adding something else to their schedule, like hour long formal breathing exercise sessions, can be quite stressful. But, did you know there is an alternative?

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Is Over-breathing Contagious?

Synchronization Of Breathing

Family As A Breathing Unit

Is Over-Breathing Contagious? What kind of day did Joe have today? A colleague had a family emergency and Joe’s work doubled. He had to operate equipment that he did not know well, and he was afraid he might break it, or, even worse, might injure himself. Stressful! Very stressful! It was no surprise that he craved junk food and ended up devouring a cheeseburger at McDonalds. During this lunch, he talked almost non-stop to his co-workers. “Must be some kind of anxiety!” Joe thought. He was over-breathing. Hyperventilating!

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The Last Teaching

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Thomas Fredricksen passed away on June 20, 2017. Today we are presenting his last teaching, which he put in writing a couple of months before his departure from this realm.

LEARN THIS WORD AND CHANGE YOUR LIFE

These are extremely anxious times for many people throughout the world.  Changes occur on a daily basis that could not even have been imagined the day before. Many of us are experiencing a level of STRESS, which feels surreal.

Today, I would like to gift an important word or concept to you. I have personally had great results with this as have many of my students. It has even made me a kinder person in the process. Please read on. 

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Sad News

Tomas Fredricksen passed awayThomas Drakon Fredricksen, co-founder of the Breathing Center, passed away from this world.

On the evening of June 20th, his liver shut down and his heart stopped. He had been struggling with various liver problems for nearly forty years. His life span greatly exceeded the expectations of his doctors.

Thomas had a graduate degree in psychology from Johns Hopkins University. He was trained at Clinica Buteyko in Moscow and worked as an Advanced Breathing Normalization Specialist. In 2009, together with his wife, Sasha Yakovleva, he founded The Breathing Center.

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Invisible, Normal, Healthy. What Kind Of Breathing Is It?

by Victor Lunn-Rockliffe
A Perfect Man

Lao Tzu, an ancient Chinese philosopher noticed, “A perfect man breathes as if he is not breathing.” What does this mean and how does it correspond with the work of a famous Russian physiologist Dr. Buteyko?

K.P. Buteyko, MD-PhD, determined that healthy breathing is always invisible and completely quiet. It is also 100% nasal breathing (no exceptions for talking, exercising, sleeping, etc.)

Most people are not able to breathe this way and as a result of it, they experience various health challenges. As a result of it? Yes! While conventional doctors believe that unhealthy breathing is the outcome of a disease, Dr. Buteyko determined that in many cases it could be the single cause of a disease. There is no health without healthy breathing!

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The Most Significant Occupation On This Planet

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What is the most significant occupation on this planet? Dr. Buteyko's answer was: being a mother. He believed that a role of a mother was more important than any role of a movie star, a politician, or a CEO. The way to improve the health of future generations, he stated, was through acknowledging significance of this vocation and honoring mothers' contribution to a society.

A few people know that Dr. Buteyko graduated as a gynecologist and obstetrician. While he spent the first part of his professional life developing his breathing method, later in life, he found the way to come back to his original interest. He worked with many couples that were planning to have a baby helping them (especially women) apply his principals of optimal health. As a result, women trained by him gave birth to children who were more physically and mentally developed compared to what was considered "normal". Dr. Buteyko believed that prevention was far more important than cure and as a physiologist, he worked on determining conditions, which result in a birth of a disease-free child - a child, who is not only born healthy but also fully protected from diseases for life. 

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Do Allergies Make You Fear Spring?

Do Allergies Make You Fear Spring?

Blooming tress, growing grass, and fragrant flowers often cause sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes and terrible headaches. Though beautiful, this rebirth of life is a  serious source of fear and anxiety for many. Unfortunately, allergies are so common that they seem normal.

Allergies are not normal! Just because something becomes expected and part of everyday routine does not mean it is normal. Doctor Konstantin Buteyko was a famous Russian Physiologist who studied the relationship between breathing and health. He agreed with that assessment. From Dr. Buteyko's perspective, allergies are a serious health issue indicating the dysfunction of the immune system. Therefore, if they are not stopped by Breathing Normalization, he believed allergies could lead to cancer.

How To Stop Both The Fear And Allergies And Breathe Easy

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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.

 

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