Buteyko Breathing, Talking, and Politics
A couple of weeks ago, I was in Moscow watching President Putin give speeches, speak to journalists, etc. I just arrived in Russia, a place I had not visited in two years. I decided to surf the TV to tune in with the current situation. The President was on the news and, being a Buteyko specialist, I couldn’t help but observe his breathing. To my surprise, it was almost perfect! Putin’s breathing indicated reliable health, good stamina, consistent self-control, and strong abilities to resist stress. Is Putin practicing Dr. Buteyko’s method? I wondered.
A few days later, I left for Ukraine to spend time with Ludmila Buteyko at her beautiful house by the Black Sea. During one of our conversations, Ludmila unexpectedly asked me:
“Do you know that Putin is practicing the method?
“I assume so,” I replied.
“Undoubtedly! He is familiar with the method,” Ludmila stated.
On another occasion, Ludmila shared with me that sometimes Dr. Buteyko would disappear for days. When he got back home, he would refuse to answer any questions regarding his absence. In fact, in Buteyko’s household, it was considered inappropriate to even mention these occurrences.
“Where did he go?”
“I don’t know,” Ludmila replied sincerely.
“What are your guesses?” – I kept investigating.