A Right and a Wrong Way to Breathe?
While it may seem you certainly know how to breathe, most of us actually breathe in such a way as to put our health in jeopardy.
In fact, the whole field of breathing and breath-work has enormous potential for improvement. As breathing techniques are promoted in yoga, Pilates, and meditative methods, they all tend to focus on taking big, deep breaths-which is actually the opposite of what you should do.
According to Patrick McKeown in the Buteyko Breathing Method in his book, The Oxygen Advantage: The Simple, Scientifically Proven Breathing Techniques for a Healthier, Slimmer, Faster, and Fitter You, two of the most common problems are over breathing (hyperventilating) and mouth breathing, both of which have adverse health ramifications, and can have harmful consequences if done during exercise.
As Patrick wrote the habit of over breathing is set in place, it tends to become and remain chronic, and to recover you need to use some sort of relearning technique, such as the one devised by Russian doctor Konstantin Buteyko. While in medical training he noticed that the sicker the patient got, the heavier they breathed. Later, he also recorded he could lower his blood pressure simply by bringing his breathing toward normal, and in this same way he successfully “cured” his own hypertension. Read More