BREATHING TECHNIQUES

The air comes in; the air goes out. How complicated can it be?

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Your research has brought you to the Buteyko Method. You may be wondering about other techniques and what are the differences.

  • best known: 

Pranayama - breath control in yoga

 

  • oldest:

Tummo - from Tibetan Buddhism

 

  • most talked about:

Wim Hof the "Ice Man"

 

  • strangest-sounding: is it a Japanese martial art? sounds like "potato"

Buteyko Breathing Method 

 

  • most sporty:

Oxygen Advantage(R)
This is an exciting development of the Buteyko Method by Patrick McKeown "a breathing technique to scientifically enhance performance"

Then there is ... box breathing, coherence breathing, soma, conscious breathing, art of living, mindful breathing, holotropic, tantric, rebirthing, inner fire, and more! ... 

 

You could be instructed to:

 

breathe fast, breathe slowly, breathe shallowly, deeply

big breaths, small breaths 

hold your breath 

don't hold your breath!

breathe more, breathe less, breathe through your nose, through your mouth,

quietly, loudly ...

Wow! It can't all be right? Can it?

Well, perhaps ... given the right circumstances.

It depends on the technique, the effects you're looking for, how you are and even who you talk to!

 

The techniques are neither right nor wrong. They might even work together!

I recommend James Nestor's book "Breath" for a fascinating read about breathing techniques where he joyfully and thoroughly explores history, effects of, protagonists - it's a wonderful read.

and back to, the Buteyko Breathing Method

Buteyko is about every day, every night breathing.

Functional breathing: breathing that works well whether we are walking, talking, sleeping, climbing a mountain, sitting here.

Restoring healthy breathing is the aim of learning Buteyko through simple exercises and addressing habits that may be holding you back. 

First, get your regular breathing regular.

The air comes in, the air goes out - efficiently.