- Published: Monday, 28 September 2009 12:15
Recently, my life took an unforeseen turn - my body weakened, my lungs heaved and I felt like I was continuously out of breath. This provoked a state of emergency in me, as my breathing difficulties prompted panic and loss of integrity of mind. I was unable to accept this disintegration, for as a previously healthy twenty-six year old, it did not fit my self-vision.
Doctors came and went, deviated setum surgery was completed, allergy tests conducted, and still, my hyperventilation and overwhelming sense of anxiety continued. Eventually, I took matters into my own hands and through research, came upon an article by the Buteyko Center. I immediately identified with the descriptions of the condition, and therein, understood the predicament I was facing. The very next day, I called Thomas Yakovlev-Fredricksen to whom I described every detail of my breathing and emotional troubles. His response was a booming: "I am 100% sure I can help you!"
Soon, through breathing exercises, psychological investigation, probing into the structure of my daily life and pace - Thomas was able to calm my breathing and help me unearth the circumstances of my life which were the root of my negativity. He has aided me in regaining my sense of equilibrium and in understanding the proper role of "breath" in terms of my thinking and movement. Through the Buteyko Method, I have learned to properly connect with my breath, even in moments of unrest and stress. Interestingly, through my shifts, all members of my family have benefited from the balance I am striving for, with the calmness and sensitivity that the Buteyko Method espouses. It is a blessing to have met Thomas and Sasha, as the work they do extends beyond the issue of physical health, but enables one to shift mentally, spiritually into a more conscious and realized form of oneself.