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Thank you for your Self-Test Inquiry. You have just made the first step toward better breathing and optimal health! Let’s examine your results and decide what options you have from here.

First a few words about myself. I am Sasha Yakovleva, Advanced Buteyko Specialist, and I am here to help you. I am not a medical doctor: Buteyko specialists are people helping people. In the past, all of us had various health issues, which we overcame by applying the Buteyko Breathing Normalization Method. Now we share this path to optimal health with others. We don’t fight against any particular disease. We educate people on how to normalize their breathing, which in turn normalizes many bodily functions.  As a result our students greatly reduce or eliminate their primary symptoms, and become much healthier.

Our work is based on discoveries made by Konstantin P. Buteyko, a Russian Medical Doctor and scientist. In 1952, he made a discovery: one of the most revolutionary in the medical field. Ironically, his work was never fully accepted by his colleagues, however, his drug-free method spread out as a grassroots movement, helping people all over the world. For more than sixty years it has been practiced and has helped thousands of people, especially asthmatics, in countries around the world.

In 2009 Clinica Buteyko in Moscow granted Breathing Center (formerly Buteyko Center USA) the exclusive rights to teach this method. After its thorough examination, we modified the method adopting it to the western life style and the needs of modern people. This holistic approach received the name The Buteyko Breathing Normalization Method. Our Breathing Normalization programs have helped many people in the United States and other countries stop their breathing difficulties and other health issues. Please read or watch the Testimonials of our students. Also, it might be interesting for you to look at The New York Times article written about my work.

Our students managed to improve their health and reduce or stop their medication intake by reducing their breathing. You see, when a person over-breathes, it affects everything: PH balance, nervous cells, the immune, cardio and respiratory systems, sleeping and eating patterns, etc. Over-breathing or, by other words, chronic hyperventilation, is always stressful for a person’s body, and over time, could seriously damage their health and lead to the development of chronic illnesses. Therefore it is very important to stop hyperventilation as soon as possible.

By this time, you are probably curious about your breathing. Are you thinking: Am I hyperventilating? Is this the cause of my trouble? We will help you to answer this question.

Due to K. P. Buteyko’s scientific findings, a totally healthy person has a Positive Maximum Pause (PMP) of 60 sec or higher and a Control Pause (CP) of 30 sec or higher. This means that for a healthy person it is comfortable to stay without any air for one minute and very easy to do it for a half of minute. At this point, a person does not have any symptoms and his immune system protects him/ her from seasonal respiratory problems as well as many serious health issues.

If your PMP and CP are below these numbers, it means that you over-breathe and as a result, your health is compromised to a certain degree. Now, let’s try to determine the level of your hyperventilation:

Level 1, PMP is between 40-60 seconds:

If your PMP is between 40 and 60 sec, it means that by modern standards you are an extremely healthy person. Most likely you don’t have any symptoms and even if you do, they don’t last long. Most likely you are medication-free. The problem is that your immune system is still not strong enough and does not protect you fully from many diseases. If you develop one of them, it will weaken your immune system and lower your PMP/CP. Dr. Buteyko said that a real life of a human being starts after their PMP stabilizes at or above 40 sec., before that it is full of suffering.

Level 2, PMP is between 25-40 seconds:

If your PMP is in the range of 25-40 seconds, you belong to the category of semi-healthy/semi-ill person. You might actually think about yourself as being a healthy person, and if so, this means that you have many health issues you are not aware of or consider them being normal. For example, you might periodically have headaches, heartburn or constipation. You might say: Who doesn’t? Isn’t it normal? Our answer is: people whose PMP is at the norm, don’t. And yes, it is very common but not normal. These symptoms should go away if you improve your breathing. If your PMP is closer to 25 sec, you might still have primary symptoms of various diseases.

Level 3, PMP is between 10-25 seconds:

If your PMP is in the range of 10-25 seconds, you are not healthy. You are breathing 4-6 times more than your body needs. This creates a negative impact on all systems of your body and offsets many bodily functions. Most likely, your symptoms are rather active and your energy level is low. It is also possible that often you experience a lack of mental clarity or difficulties concentrating. You are influenced by weather changes.

Level 4, PMP is below 10 seconds:

Buteyko stated that if a person’s PMP is below 10 sec, it means that this person is severely ill – whether he is a child or adult, whether he has symptoms or not, whether he is aware of it or not. A person from this category is rather vulnerable and his eyes often become full of tears (unless they are suppressed). A person’s memory is not that good; often there is an issue with self-esteem. A person might experience chronic fatigue. Some people might feel depressed. There might be very strong symptoms and a person might be on a lot of medication. This person critically needs to improve his breathing. If you don’t, the situation might get out of control to the point that it becomes very difficult to correct it.

What To Do With Your Results:

I hope you found this information useful as it is incredibly important for your well-being. Regardless of what level you are in, we are confident that teaching you the Buteyko Breathing method will bring significant results in your life. If you are ready to take the next step in improving your health here are my recommendations on how to get started:

  • If you wish to improve your breathing fast and avoid mistakes you will want to take our Level 1 training. Click here
  • If you have a lot of questions or are seeking one-on-one guidance to explore your situation further with a live person, schedule a private session. Click here.
  • If you prefer to learn on your own from home, I suggest my signature step-by-step downloadable course. Click here.
  • If you want to learn more about the method but aren’t fully ready to dive in, then begin by downloading our free Buteyko Breathing Exercises CD. Click here.

The Buteyko Breathing Method has helped thousands of people overcome various health issues. If you have any further questions, please email us at

In good health,

Sasha Yakovleva

Co-Founder of the Buteyko Breathing Center