Sasha Yakovleva is a co-founder of the Buteyko Breathing Center and Advanced Buteyko Specialist. Originally from Russia, she was trained in the Buteyko Clinic in Moscow. Her primary teachers were L. Novozhilova-Buteyko, A. Novozhilov MD, and K.P. Buteyko MD-PhD. Sasha is one of the very few people in the world who received the authentic Buteyko method in its complete form and is fully authorized to teach it. She has taught the Buteyko Breathing techniques to many people around the globe, bringing them renewed health, energy, and a more meaningful life. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, on various television and radio programs, and in other publications.
Sasha holds a Master’s Degree in Journalism. She has studied holistic healing modalities around the world and has written about them extensively for almost thirty years. Sasha is originally from Moscow, Russia. In 1990, she started publishing the first Russian holistic magazine, which became a large national publication. Soon after, she opened the first health food store in Moscow. She wrote Anthology of The Inward Path, a book in Russian containing articles and interviews with healers, progressive scientists, doctors, and spiritual leaders from Russia and other countries. She traveled extensively in Asia, Europe, and North America, researching and writing about holistic mind, body, and spirit techniques. Since 1993, Sasha has been practicing various forms of meditation under the guidance of Tibetan Buddhist teachers. She has completed short and long periods of intense practice.
In 2007, Sasha’s husband, Thomas Fredricksen, became severely ill with asthma. Even though his disease was considered incurable, Dr. Buteyko’s method successfully healed it. By applying the Buteyko approach, Sasha also was also able to improve her health significantly. In 2009, Sasha became a certified Buteyko Specialist. For Sasha, the discoveries and the method of K.P. Buteyko MD.became a unifying factor for all knowledge she acquired over the course of her life from various holistic and spiritual schools.
Since 1998, she has been residing in the United States. Currently, she lives in Crestone, Colorado. As a Buteyko Breathing Specialist, she works with adults and children around the world.
Sasha tells her story in a nutshell
Meeting each other ignited an immediate spark. Thomas and I madly fell in love, and two weeks later we were engaged. For our honeymoon, we went to Hawaii where both of us caught exotic flu. After struggling for a while, I recovered, but Thomas did not. The virus turned his mild asthma into a severe disease rendering him disabled. Read this article
How and Why Yoga and Dharma Made Me Ill and Healthy?
Sasha Shares more about her Buteyko Journey
Today I want to share my story with you – how I developed serious health problems and overcame them – both as a result of doing spiritual practices.
About 18 years ago, following the personal instructions of my spiritual teacher, a Tibetan Rinpoche, I started doing prostrations and reciting mantras intensely. Soon after, I began experiencing health problems but never connected them to the practices I was doing because, mentally, they were making me feel better. Read this article.