Three years ago, I attended my first “Buteyko” workshop (with an unlicensed practitioner). Here I discovered the concept of “reduced breathing” as a natural asthma cure. In the following weeks and months, I learned to breathe less, and in doing so, significantly reduced my asthma symptoms. Having suffered asthma throughout my life, this was a remarkable experience. This fall, I decided to take a refresher Buteyko Breathing course. To my surprise and delight, I found that the only officially sanctioned practitioners of the Buteyko Breathing Method in the US are located at the Buteyko Breathing Center USA in Woodstock, NY. In order to go directly to the source, I signed up for the Natural Breathing Cure Weekend Workshop.
The workshop took place in the Center’s recently constructed beautiful, sunny third-story studio. Over the course of two days, Thomas and Sasha gave us a comprehensive overview of the Buteyko Breathing Method. They taught the basic Buteyko theory, breathing exercises and Buteyko lifestyle. The workshop was a delightful experience. Thomas and Sasha are dynamic and giving teachers. Their passion and depth of understanding of the Buteyko Breathing Method is impressive. My previous experience paled in comparison. In retrospect, it had been very incomplete, and at times inaccurate.
The Buteyko Breathing Cure Workshop was only a week ago. Yet, I have already improved dramatically. With careful daily practice of the relaxation and “reduced breathing” exercises, my breathing is significantly gentler, and I have not used my rescue inhaler since. Additionally, I find myself calmer, with greater mental clarity and more sustained physical energy. At various times throughout my life, I have been a prisoner of my asthma. With proper application of the Buteyko Breathing Method, I am confident that I will never suffer from asthma again. Moreover, I have found that as I breathe better, my hereditary gastro-intestinal disorder has also improved, as has my hypoglycemia, as have my stress levels, as has my mental clarity, and my physical energy, and my posture, and my mood.
It is a rare gift that Thomas and Sasha bestow. They have given me the tools to take my healing into my own hands, and to dramatically improve my health on all fronts. Perhaps most importantly, they have empowered me to see myself as a vibrant, healthy young man, rather than a sickly person trapped by illness. Therefore, it is with great pleasure that I will soon begin the process of becoming a licensed Buteyko Practitioner. I hope to be ready for the professional trainings with Dr. Novozhilov when he comes to the Buteyko Center USA in June 2010. Buteyko has vastly improved the quality of my life, and I wish to share it with everyone I can.
Hyde Park, NY