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.
This is an update from Mark, which we received a couple of month after recording this video testimonial:
I am continuing with the exercises and lifestyle changes that you taught to me. I feel great and my wife says she does not hear me snore any more at night. I still use the mouth tape, but I hope to reduce that dependency. My Positive Maximum Pause has settled to around 60 seconds with occasionally more if I am very calm and relaxed."
I began experienceing shortness of breath when I was 17. I could never get a Doctor to give me a reason why this was happening. So I just learned to live with it until I ended up in the ER. Every test they did came back normal. I did not know what to do. Then I found the Breathing Center's 5 DVD set on Amazon.com. With Sasha's help I put into practice the exercises on the DVD's. It has changed my life. It is the only thing that has helped me to breathe.
30 years ago a physician said you have asthma. And with that I began treatment as an asthmatic. From that day till just a few weeks ago I was using bronchodilators.
Finally I looked on the internet trying to see if there was anything else that had been discovered recently that I could explore, and I came across the article about the Buteyko Method in the New York Times. And this science writer said; "I think more people should look into this." I went to the Breathing Center Web Site and downloaded the E-book (Breathe To Heal: Break Free From Asthma). I read it twice that night, and it made a lot of sense. I started applying the techniques in the book, and after a few days saw significant improvement.
My extreme fatique was so overwhelming I needed to find a solution. Breathing Normalization was my solution to my exhaustion and much more.
After never having asthma before in my life, my asthma symptoms came on suddenly and forcefully; causing me to have to take steroids several times in a just a few short months. Just going outside became a source of anxiety. Breathing Normalization changed everything, it gave me my life back.
I usually just refer to it as asthma, but really it is cronic obstructive lung disease (COPD). I have an oxygen machine and all sorts of other equipment. I really felt like; if I got on a plane and went to visit someone I would be in trouble because I didn't have all my equipment with me.
"I had asthma for 25 years of my life. I had terrible allergies, digestive issues, low energy, brain fog, and anxiety. I could barely go a day without taking my asthma medication. As for my asthma, I stopped using medication almost from the first time I took a workshop at the Breathing Center. One of the greatest personal journeys of my life, was to learn the Breathing Normalization Method and to regain my health and to regain my sense of joy in life."
In 1997 Ram Dass experienced a stroke; in 2011, when we met, he was still suffering from its consequences. His speech and memory were greatly impaired. He had to pause in between each word and often would forget what he wanted to say or would pick up with the wrong word.
Now he says: "They have done wonderfully in training me to breathe differently. This really works. If you have any breathing problem, got to the Breathing Center, and say I sent you. Believe me. You won't be sorry."
Please watch Ram Dass video testimonial.
People often think that oxygen plays the primary role in the process of breathing but Dr. Buteyko dispelled this archaic belief. He proved that this role belongs to carbon dioxide, which regulates how much oxygen is delivered to various organs.
"Before the Breathing Normalization Method I didn't really play any sports like I do now. Once in a while I would try to play football or something with my friends but it was hard for me and I had to take a lot of puffs from my inhaler. Just this season I was able to play soccer and baseball at my school. Since I've been doing Buteyko exercises, my asthma is better, I've had a lot more concentration, which helps me with my art. When taking tests in school, my concentration is better and my grades have gone up."
"I'm an accupuncturist and allergy-elimination specialist. I had respiratory disorder and exercise induced asthma. My wife and I began practicing the Breathing Normalization exercises 3 times a day, every day and within two weeks my all my breathing difficulties were gone. Two months later I went to the doctor, and my blood pressure was down, I lost weight, breathing problems were not found, my cognitive abilities had improved. My health keeps getting better and better."
Doctor Of Acupuncture
Woodstock, New York
"I've been asthmatic for 45 years. I suffered from bronchial pneumonia and was hospitalized 3 times a year. Now after 3 months I take so little medication. I learned that it is important when you know things are going to be crazy, take a few moments to do your breathing exercises and center yourself. Then you have control. When you carry your medication with you, you believe it is going to be your savior, but it's not. The Breathing Normalization Method gives you that control."
"Two years ago I hurt my voice on a stage; I'd been acting over 3 years. I developed a breathing disorder. I began the Breathing Normalization Method, and I was give a set of tools and exercises which dramatically reduced my hyperventilation. Working with Sasha and Thomas has been a real blessing in my life. What I want to say about the Buteyko Method, is it has given me hope for improving my situation with my breathing and reducing the stress in my life in general"
"I took the courses with my husband. My health has improved with the Buteyko Breathing method. When we do a cost-benfit analysis of learning and apply the method, vs being able to have the lifestyle we want, and is a a really easy to make"
"I suffered with asthma since I was 10 years old. I later learned that the steroids I was taking to control my asthma were making my macular degeneration worse so if I wanted to maintain my eye sight, I had to stop taking steroids. This caused my asthma to be completely out of control and I made trips to the ermergency center. I idiscovered the Buteyko Breathing Normalization Method right here in the town where I live, and I was taught the method. Within 2 -3 weeks, my breathing improved and my overall health improved."
Thomas Fredricksen, Co Founder of Breathing Center.
In 2008, Thomas was severely ill with asthma. Doctors told him that his crippling breathing difficulties were incurable, and that he would be on medication for the rest of his life.
Upon discovering the Method, and applying the Buteyko Breathing Method Exercises, Thomas was able to tame his asthma and stop his allergies. Here he shares the story of his recovery, which prompted him to co-found the Buteyko Center USA, now Breathing Center – in order to help others who are suffering.
This video was shot in February, 2009.