The first time I reduced my breathing as instructed by my Buteyko teacher a feeling of fear dissipated. It was an instantaneous feeling that everything was going to be O.K. How could a change take place within me so quickly and seemingly so simply? For years I had been searching for relief through yoga, intense exercise, and many forms of distraction. None of these had such a profound effect on my life as following the instructions of my Buteyko teacher.
I experienced a paradigm shift. My world-view had been turned upside down and inside out. Less breathing was better than more. A feeling of internal power was induced by the most gentle and subtle changes to my breath. More oxygen was released to my cells by doing less. I felt the far reaching benefits of this. I asked myself how it was that more people did not know this.
The science of how it worked made absolute sense to me. I wanted to tell as many people as`possible about this. I could barely contain my excitement. Then came the learning curve. I found out quickly that many people do not like to be told that how they breathe is at the root of many of their problems. It is as close to home as it gets.
Analysing our breath is to analyse the foundations of who and what we are. It is a daunting task for many. This is why Buteyko practitioners have to be patient and understand the emotional challenges for many of paying attention to their breath and reducing the amount that they breathe.
I knew after a few weeks of practising the Buteyko breathing technique that I would teach it to others in the future. Too many people are suffering from the affects of over-breathing. Learning to breathe less and feel better is a gift that we can pass on to countless numbers of people throughout the world. Buteyko practitioners have the opportunity to improve quality of life for many.
I wish you all the best in this challenge.
(From an article I had published in BPI Magazine)