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Breathing During Sleep

Breathing During Sleep(continuation from the previous blog)

Let’s go back to the nighttime... When you start breathing through your nose, you will still have to face another goal – reducing your nighttime air consumption. For this, a sleeping posture becomes essential. The posture to avoid is sleeping on the back:  it stimulates both mouth breathing and over-breathing and was called ‘the corpse pose’ by Dr. Buteyko. A better position is sleeping on your side, especially the left one, but on your stomach is preferable. Sleeping on your stomach naturally restricts the diaphragm, forcing a person to breathe less; children usually like sleeping this way; however, their parents don’t feel comfortable with it and try to retrain them. You’ll be surprised, but the best sleeping position is sitting vertically or semi-vertically, which allows a person to maintain the lowest level of hyperventilation and the highest level of oxygenation. Many people who experience strong asthma attacks or other symptoms have no choice but to put cushions underneath their back and sleep in this position.

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Breathing and Talking

Breathing and TalkingWhen I was a child, my elderly nanny who came from a remote village in Russia used to say: “Chatter leads to the grave.” This piece of folk wisdom makes sense given that most people hyperventilate when they talk. They inhale deeply through their mouth and consequently exhale a great deal of carbon dioxide, offsetting many bodily functions.

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Breathing at Night

Breathing at NightLearn How To Breathe Better While Asleep

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 asthma attacks and other strong symptoms. Stopping hyperventilation during the night is an important step towards better health.

Stopping hyperventilation should be accomplished in two stages:
1. Switching from mouth to nasal breathing at night.
2. Reducing air consumption during the night.

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Stress and Breathing Normalization

Stress and Breathing NormalizationThe life of an average American is extremely stressful – this is a fact established by various surveys.  In one such survey, published by the American Psychological Association in 2010, called “Stress in America,” the psychologist Norman B. Anderson, PhD, APA’s chief executive officer said: "Year after year, nearly three-quarters

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Yogic Breathing: Nostril Breathing Vs. Mouth Breathing

Yoga: How to BreatheBy Yogi Ramacharaka. Published in English in 1904One of the first lessons in the book The Yogi Science of Breath is to learn how to breathe through the nostrils, and to overcome the common practice of mouth breathing. Please read an excerpt from this fascinating book:

"The breathing mechanism of Man is so constructed that he may breathe either through the mouth or nasal tubes, but it is a matter of vital importance to him

which method he follows, as one brings health and strength and the other disease and weakness.

It should not be necessary to state to the student that the proper method of breathing is to take the breath through the nostrils, but alas! The ignorance among civilized people regarding this simple matter is astounding. We find people in all walks of life habitually breathing through their mouths, and allowing their children to follow their horrible and disgusting example.

Many of the diseases to which civilized man is subject are undoubtedly caused by this common habit of mouth breathing. Children permitted to breathe in this way grow up with impaired vitality and weakened constitutions, and in manhood and womanhood break down and become chronic invalids. The mother of the savage race does better, being evidently guided by her intuition. She seems to instinctively recognize that the nostrils are the proper channels for the conveyal of air to the lungs, and she trains her infant to

close its little lips and breathe through the nose. She tips its head forward when it is asleep, which attitude closes the lips and makes nostril breathing imperative. If our civilized mothers were to adopt the same plan, it would work a great good for the race.

Many contagious diseases are contracted by the disgusting habit of mouth breathing, and many cases of cold and catarrhal affections are also attributable to the same cause. Many persons who, for the sake of appearances, keep their mouth closed during the day, persist in mouth breathing at night and often contract disease in this way.

Carefully conducted scientific experiments have shown that soldiers and sailors who sleep with their mouths open are much more liable to contract contagious diseases than those who breathe properly through the nostrils. An instance is related in which smallpox became epidemic on a man-of-war in foreign parts, and every death, which resulted, was that of some sailor or marine who was a mouth breather, not a single nostril breather succumbing.

The organs of respiration have their only protective apparatus, filter, or dust catcher, in the nostrils. When the breath is taken though the mouth, there is nothing from mouth to lungs to strain the air, or to catch the dust and other foreign matter in the air. From mouth to lungs the dirt or impure substance has a clear track, and the entire respiratory system is unprotected. And, moreover, such incorrect breathing admits cold air to the organs, thereby injuring them. Inflammation of the respiratory organs often results from the inhalation of cold air through the mouth. The man, who breathes through the mouth at night, always awakens with a parched feeling in the mouth and dryness in the throat. He is violating one of nature’s laws, and is sowing the seeds of disease.

Once more, remember that the mouth affords no protection to the respiratory organs, and cold air, dust and impurities and germs readily enter by that door. On the other hand, the nostrils and nasal passages show evidence of the careful design of nature in this respect. The nostrils are two narrow, tortuous channels, containing numerous bristly hairs, which serve the purpose of a filter or sieve to strain the air of its impurities, etc., which are expelled when the breath is exhaled. Not only do the nostrils serve this important purpose, but they also perform an important function in warming the air inhaled. The long narrow winding nostrils are filled with warm mucous membrane, which coming in contact with the inhaled air warms it so that it can do no damage to the delicate organs of the throat, or to the lungs.

No animal, excepting man, sleeps with the mouth open or breathes through the mouth, and in fact it is believed that it is only civilized man who so prevents nature’s functions, as the savage and barbarian races almost invariably breathe correctly. It is possible that this unnatural habit among civilized men has been acquired through unnatural methods of living, enervating luxuries and excessive warmth.

The refining, filtering and straining apparatus of the nostrils renders the air fit to reach the delicate organs of the throat and the lungs, and the air is not fit to so reach these organs until it has passed through nature’s refining process. The impurities which are stopped and retained by the sieves and mucous membrane of the nostrils, are thrown out again by the expelled breath, in exhalation, and in case they have accumulated too rapidly or have managed to escape through the sieves and have penetrated forbidden regions, nature protects us by producing a sneeze, which violently ejects the intruder.

The air, when it enters the lungs is as different from the outside air, as is distilled water different from the water of the cistern. The intricate purifying organization of the nostrils, arresting and holding the impure particles in the air, is as important as is the action of the mouth in stopping cherry-stones and fish-bones and preventing them from being carried on to the stomach. Man should no more breathe through his mouth than he would attempt to take food through his nose.

Another feature of mouth breathing is that the nasal passages, being thus comparatively unused, consequently fail to keep themselves clean and clear, and become clogged up and unclean, and are apt to contract local diseases. Like abandoned roads that soon become filled with weeds and rubbish, unused nostrils become filled with impurities and foul matter.

One who habitually breathes through the nostrils is not likely to be troubled with clogged or stuffy nostrils, but for the benefit of those who have been more or less addicted to the unnatural mouth breathing, and who wish to acquire the natural and rational method, it may perhaps be well to add a few words regarding the way to keep their nostrils clean and free from impurities.

A favorite Oriental method is to snuff a little water up the nostrils allowing it to run down the passage into the throat; from thence it may be ejected through the mouth. Some Hindu yogis immerse the face in a bowl of water, and by a sort o suction draw in quite a quantity of water, but this latter method requires considerable practice, and the first mentioned method is equally efficacious, and much more easily performed.

Another good plan is to open the window and breathe freely, closing one nostril with the finger or thumb, sniffing up the air through the open nostril. Then repeat the process on the other nostril. Repeat several times, changing nostrils. This method will usually clear the nostrils of obstructions.

In case the trouble is caused by catarrh it is well to apply a little Vaseline or camphor ice or similar preparation. Or sniff up a little witch-hazel extract once in a while, and you will notice a marked improvement. A little care and attention will result in the nostrils becoming clean and remaining so.

We have given considerable space to this subject of nostril-breathing, not only because of its great importance in its reference to health, but because nostril breathing is a prerequisite to the practice of the breathing exercises, and because nostril breathing is one of the basic principles underlying the yogi science of breath.

By Yogi Ramacharaka
Published in english in 1904

 

Breath is Life

Breath is Life: Breathing Normalization in Yoga

Breathing Normalization In Yoga

This fascinating article about breathing was written by Yogi Ramacharaka and published in English in 1904. It feels as it was written by Dr. Buteyko: it is totally applicable to our current situation.

Life is absolutely dependent upon the act of breathing. “Breath is Life”.

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Nasal Breathing Or Mouth Breathing?

The first step to improved breathing is the establishment of nasal breathing. This might seem easy and yet for many people it’s challenging. This blog will provide you with a step-by-step program on how to accomplish this goal but first let me explain why nasal breathing is imperative.

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Buteyko and Medication

Buteyko and Medication

This is another area where a trained doctor is needed. I certainly cannot give advice on medication; however, I can inform you about Dr.Buteyko's  general approach to it.

As you already know, from his perspective, many symptoms are nothing but a compensatory reaction generated by the body to restore its natural balance. Symptom removal empowers the cause of the problem – over-breathing – and its negative effects penetrate all bodily systems deeper. Here is a letter written by Dr. Buteyko where he used asthma as an example to demonstrate this thought:

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Healing Crisis

Healing CrisisSome people say: “Buteyko worked for me but only for a while. My disease came back and became as bad as it ever was, if not worse!” It is easy to mistake a healing crisis for symptoms of disease - which often makes people terminate their breathing practice.  


Within this method, healing often comes with a ‘healing crisis’ or, as it is also called, a ‘cleansing reaction’. This is not a unique feature - most natural healing techniques have a similar element. The difference is that breathing is powerful and, therefore, the Buteyko healing crisis could be scary. It is important to recognize the ‘symptoms’ of this event in order to differentiate them from a disease or even an ordinary flu.

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Why Do People Hyperventilate?

People often ask our Buteyko Breathing Normalization Specialist, “Isn’t breathing supposed to be natural? How come you say that most people hyperventilate?”

If we followed a natural life style, we would not hyperventilate and our breathing would remain normal. But what is a natural life style? 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 life style 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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My body: friend or enemy?

My body: friend or enemy?

It seems to me that doctors often treat the human body as a kind of unintelligent machine, which often breaks creating bothersome symptoms. Following doctors’ supervision, patients go to a pharmacy, buy the best available weapons and fight against their symptoms. Many of these drugs have serious side-effects, which produce more symptoms leading to more medication. Often people try hard, as my husband did, but this war against your own body never ends. Over time, the drugs and their side-effects become stronger, possibly lethal.

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Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide

Dr. Buteyko compared breathing to atomic energy: from his perspective, the awesome power of breathing was capable of destroying and rebuilding health extraordinary fast. Similar to radiation, air - when consumed normally - is beneficial; however, when the norm is exceeded, it becomes dangerous. What is the norm?  Russian doctors measure it as five liters of air per minute.

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Chris Christie: Reading His Breathing

Chris Christie: Reading His Breathing 

Breathing gives out a plethora of information. Breathing Normalization specialists don’t ask questions; they answer them by observing a person’s breathing. Let’s use the Governor of New Jersey as an example. What does his breathing say about him?   

Watch this video and observe Chris Christie’s breathing. What do you see? He is a mouth breather; most of the time his mouth is wide open; his breathing is noisy. That indicates that he over-breathes to a significant degree, causing great damage to his body.

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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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