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Breathwork Essentials

Transform Your Life Through Conscious Breathing

No matter what you eat, how much you exercise, how skinny or young or wise you are, none of it matters if you're not breathing properly. And the vast majority of modern humans suffer from some kind of chronic respiratory dysfunction. How did this happen?

The answers aren’t found in pulmonology labs, as we might expect, but in the muddy digs of ancient burial sites, secret Soviet facilities, New Jersey choir schools, and the smoggy streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Hidden science behind ancient breathing practices like Pranayama, Sudarshan Kriya, and Tummo. Pulmonary experts scientifically test long-held beliefs about how we breathe.

Modern research in pulmonology, psychology, biochemistry, and human physiology is showing us that making even slight adjustments to the way we inhale and exhale can jump-start athletic performance, rejuvenate internal organs, halt snoring, allergies, asthma, and autoimmune disease, and even straighten scoliotic spines. 

None of this should be possible, and yet it is.

Breath Exercise

  • Deep diaphragmatic nasal breaths
  • Recalibrate respiratory rhythm to reduce the number of breaths per minute and increase % time spent in parasympathetic exhalation

Breath intervals:

  1. Inhale 4 seconds
  2. Hold 1 second
  3. Exhale 6 seconds
  4. End hold 4 seconds
  5. Repeat 4 cycles 

Total exercise length = 1 minute
Each breath is 15 seconds = 4 breath/minute.

Carbon Dioxide Benefits

  • CO2 plays a critical role in oxygen transport within the body; higher CO2 levels enable hemoglobin to release more oxygen to cells, a process explained by the Bohr Effect (video below)

  • CO2 supports vital physiological functions such as improving vasodilation, gut health, and the functionality of Vitamin K, which includes enhancing blood clotting and bone mineralization

  • Increasing your CO2 levels can elevate your metabolic rate, as CO2 helps deliver oxygen more efficiently, allowing cells to produce significantly more energy

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1S7STZ2BrA

Nasal Breathing Benefits

  • Filters and warms air for delivery to lungs
  • Absorbs nitric oxide from sinus cavities
  • Extends length of breath
  • Raises carbon dioxide for oxygen release from blood
  • Activates Olfactory receptors
  • Calms the nervous system
  • Broadens facial structure

Mouth Breathing Problems

  • Narrows palette
  • Crowds teeth
  • Promotes snoring and sleep apnea
  • Dries throat
  • Exposes lungs to air-born infections
  • Reduces oxygen absorption by lowering carbon dioxide
  • Induces anxiety
  • Promotes over-breathing & mild hyper-ventilation