In this interview, we speak with Carole, a psychiatrist and asthma sufferer. Carole tried the Buteyko Method but initially struggled with the practice and quit. After experiencing a near-fatal asthma attack she returned to the Buteyko Method, for the second time in her life to reexamine the benefits and find a different way of responding to her asthma.
Testimony for the Breathing Center From Paula Nordhem, age 66 May 2019
I’ve been asthmatic for twenty years. And I’ve had respiratory issues all my life. Somehow for the first twelve years of asthma I just lived with and around it. It wasn’t a daily occurrence although there was increasing coughing and congestion; I don’t really remember much detail from that time. I learned there were times that my asthma/coughing was worse or there were places/substances that set it off. I would exercise and walk while asthmatic and just keep going. In the summer of 2012, that ‘approach’ was no longer possible. I was having daily asthma events, long and debilitating. A trip to urgent care led to a visit with an allergist, my first dose of oral steroids, and then inhaled steroids and a rescue inhaler. And more visits to allergists until I found one who would work with me.
I have learned nose breathing from you, and it has made a huge difference in managing my asthma and keeping it under control. Rather amazing since I am a long distance cyclist and have learned nose breathing on the bike, and it works.
I am 84 years old; I got asthma in the past 5 years from my long, cold and windy days on the bike, breathing with the open mouth!
The Method has done wonders; it rejuvenated me. My breathing has been normalized, and my pulmonologist cannot believe it. He says that I am his healthiest patient!
I will be celebrating my 85th in April with an attempted 85-mile ride on my birthday, and will dedicate this to Dr. Buteyko.
Thank you so much, Sasha. I admire you, your work, and your dedication to improving health.
I found the Buteyko Method after discovering that I needed to learn to breathe better (whatever that meant) due to having a condition called Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a nerve impingement issue in the neck, under the collarbone and pectoral minor. It can be a disabling condition but, luckily that was not my case. In my research for the impingement, I read that The Buteyko Method could tame asthma, so that piqued my interest.
Years ago, I had severe asthma but it did subside. During the past winter though, I was starting to wheeze again. I suppose due to my past experience I was tolerating symptoms more than I realized. I now had two health reasons to continue on. Then I became curious about what Dr. Buteyko had learned on his spiritual journey through the method he discovered. So I signed up for the Level 1 Breathing Normalization Course. How very fortunate!
I have always been very health conscious, exercising regularly and eating carefully and was deeply frustrated when I developed asthma during a virus two years ago. I couldn’t walk up even small hills and to the top of our house without gasping for breath; small everyday stresses left me breathless. I eventually saw a specialist who told me my peak flow was very low and he put me on a steroid inhaler.
It helped at first, but quickly I noticed that I experienced awful rushes of heat and my eyes went red with strange perceptual difficulties. Throughout all this, I felt my body was running too fast, but no one could help me with this feeling. I decide to come off the inhaler and find some natural alternative.
It was then that I found the Breathing Center website and was struck by the complete sense of the Breathing Normalization method. I was hyperventilating… that’s why I felt my body was running too fast.
In December I took Level One Full Training with Sasha. She is a sensitive, deeply caring and very wonderful teacher and I would not have wanted to undertake the process without her incredible guidance.
I always had about six inhalers, one near my bed, one in the car, one in my pocketbook, an extra in my closet and one in my gym bag. It’s not that I needed them all the time, but if I felt my breathing was tight, or I was exposed to any trigger, I wanted to be prepared, to ward off a potential asthma attack. And I was tired of it. Getting a cold quickly turned into bronchitis, which meant weeks on steroids and tripling of my rescue inhaler. Many times I wasn’t even sure if I would have an attack, but the whole point was I needed them close by “just in case.”
Listen to a conversation between Sasha Yakovleva and her client who suffered from severe asthma attacks but changed her condition by learning how to breathe through her nose only and switch to reduce air consumption.
Lawrence and Sasha Yakovleva are in conversation about breathing problems and physical activities.
This is a story of an asthmatic man who was not able to exercise without having coughing fits, mucus and taking several types of medication. Eight years ago, after reading The New York Times article about Breathing Center, he took our Level 1 Full Training and was able to stop taking his medication. Most importantly, since then he has never again suffered from asthma or any breathing difficulties. Now, being in his 60s, he enjoys his active lifestyle, strong health and asthma-free life.
I want to express my sincerest gratitude for the hard work and dedication of Sasha Yakovleva at The Breathing Center for the help she has given me to improve my breathing. I know longer consider myself an asthmatic. I was on inhaled steroids and albuterol and now I am free from any asthma control medication. Sasha is intuitive, patient and unbelievably knowledgeable and through her guidance I have learned how to manage and improve my breathing, how to relax and understand what I need to do to keep healthy, physically and emotionally.
I am Monique De Leng, and I live in the Netherlands. I’m a Naturopath, and I want to tell you about my journey on the path of Breathing Normalization.
Let me tell you first how it all started. When I was born, I was not able to breathe well and was immediately taken to the hospital. I spent a lot of my childhood in hospitals. I often had bronchitis, strep throat, tonsillitis, adenoiditis, and I had pneumonia several times. Over the years, the ENT surgeon performed three tonsillectomies and two adenoidectomies. As I had been seriously ill several times, the pediatrician told my mother that he thought I would die before the age of seven. Yet, if I was able to reach that age, he predicted that things would get better for me. My mother made sure to follow his advice to keep me warm at all times: she dressed me with woolen clothes, gave me warm milk and hot porridge.
Just before turning seven years old, I got severe double pneumonia and spent several weeks in the hospital. I was lucky to survive. We then moved from a big city with air pollution to a small country village because my parents thought that it would be better for my breathing. Things did improve a little bit, but I still was ill often. I missed a great deal of school; I couldn’t even play outside and missed many other activities healthy children could do.
This is a true testimonial of a Breathing Center’s client; however, the results of application of the Buteyko Breathing Normalization method may vary from person to person. We cannot guarantee identical results to everyone who contacts the Breathing Center. Also, please keep in mind that our services are educational, not medical. Buteyko Breathing Normalization Specialists are teachers and trainers, not medical doctors.