The Science of Breath Has Been Well Researched for over 100 years.
Through my trainings, here is what I’ve learned.
Discovery #1. Breathing Exercises Are All About CO2 (not blood oxygen)
Breathing exercises are mostly about the manipulation of carbon dioxide in the blood, not oxygen. CO2 is not a toxin to be avoided. It’s hugely valuable, and most people over-breathe, not under-breathe, and we need to learn how to conserve CO2.
Discovery #2. Slow Breathing Increases Cellular Oxygen
Logically, you’d think that if you breathe fast, you’ll get more oxygen, right? Not true. In fact, if you breath really fast for a few minutes, you’ll get dizzy and might even pass out. Slow breathing increases blood CO2 levels that allow for greater absorption of oxygen.
Discovery #3. Breathing Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated (at all!)
One of my first yoga teachers taught me 15 different breathing exercises with funky Sanskrit names. As I went further, I learned dozens more. It was so overwhelming. Here’s what I know now: every single breathing exercise is simply affecting your nervous system in one of three ways: parasympathetic, sympathetic, or balancing response. All that complexity and terminology doesn’t add any value to the practices. Simple exercises work just as well and can be learned in minutes with no hard-to-pronounce Sanskrit names or complicated hand positions.
Meditation vs. Breathing?
Meditation books, smartphone apps, and seminars are selling like crazy right now, but very few people actually practice because just the idea of 20 minutes in silence is enough to scare off even the most self-disciplined student. And this is where breathwork comes in.
In traditional yoga, breathing has always been taught as a stepping-stone to meditation, and scientifically, the benefits are identical. Just like with meditation, you relieve stress, reduce your heart and respiratory rate, lengthen your telomeres, and potentially extend life.
No one talks about the downsides of meditation, but for new students, it can create anxiety, nervousness, frustration, and obsessive rumination. And the biggest problem? Most students don’t follow through, they quit! You’ve probably experienced this yourself.
Breathing is different. It’s fun and easy to practice. The counting gives you a mental focus, and the practices are short and potent. Instead of dodging your daily breathing, students look forward to it.
With breathing practice, it puts you into a meditative state automatically. Think of breathing as an active form of meditation with all the same benefits. As a yoga teacher, I can assure you that clients want results, not meditation awards, so the more I teach breathing, the happier my clients are with the results.
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- 15 minutes of homework per day (5 minutes 3x day)
- Mp3 recordings of homework (downloadable and streaming)
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- Control pause
- Exhale counting test
- Nasal dominance test
Learn how to subjectively keep track of your progress.
Water, Whiskey, Coffee
- Water Category – Balancing
- Whiskey Category – Relaxing
- Coffee Category – Energizing
Learn how to use these different breathing techniqes to balance the nervous system.
Science of Breathing
- Learn about the muscles that assist in breathing, as well as the role of ozygen and carbon dioxide.
Nervous System of Breathing
- Learn about the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system and what type of impact the breath can play in affecting them.
Bonus: 6 Foundational Exercise MP3s with Lifetime Access to the Recordings:
- Coffee Breathing (x2)
- Water Breathing (x2)
- Whiskey Breathing (x2)