Restore Optimal Breathing

Breathing optimally requires education and practice

Dysfunctional breathing habits are prevalent in our society.  Over 70% of Americans have some form of dysfunctional breathing due to medical conditions, stress, structural limitations, or poor habits.  The impact poor breathing may have on our physiology, fitness levels and our lives is staggering.   

Learning how to breathe efficiently, effectively and with ease requires understanding the traits of dysfunctional breathing, and learning or re-learning how to breathe in a way that minimizes poor patterns. 

Dysfunctional breathing patterns may develop over time.  Since breathing is something that we do all day, every day, it’s easy to see how poor habits and patterns could develop and perpetuate without our realizing it.   Controlling our breathing has been an art and science for hundreds of years.  It is only now getting the recognition and attention it deserves as the gateway to optimal health.  

Who could benefit from a breathing assessment?

I believe anyone can learn how to breathe better.  Young children, athletes of all ages and those with significant medical conditions could benefit from learning to improve the quality and efficiency of their breathing. 

Some conditions you may not think are influenced by the way you breathe on a daily basis, improve substantially when you start to breathe differently.   You may even eliminate or reduce your medication once functional breathing patterns are recovered.  We often suggest you review your medication with your doctor after several weeks of doing the exercises.  

These conditions are as follows:

  • Asthma
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety & Panic
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Insomnia
  • Snoring

and more.

Functional versus dysfunctional breathing

Functional breathing is considered effortless, silent and efficient during rest.  Your body will appear at ease, without excessive use of accessory breathing muscles.  You will have good heart rate variability (HRV), meaning that your nervous system is balanced and you handle and recover from internal and external stressors well.   You handle increased cardiovascular demands with ease, you sleep well and you can hold your breath up to 30-40 seconds without difficulty.   

Many people have a dysfunctional breathing pattern and do not realize it.  The following are (some) traits of dysfunctional breathing:

  • Snoring
  • Frequent sighing or yawning
  • Audible breathing during rest
  • Fast breathing
  • Breathing through the mouth 

Breathing well translates to improved energy, focus and performance

This video illustrates the benefits of nasal breathing

What can a breathing assessment do for you?

A breathing assessment will take a look at your baseline breathing at rest.  This is a comprehensive assessment and includes observation, timed measurements and discussion about your overall fitness as it pertains to respiratory health.  A customized exercise program will be designed to suit your presentation, goals and concerns.  You will be given instructions on what to do daily to bring about positive change.  Christine will be available for you throughout the process.

Christine is a certified Buteyko instructor, but she is also a yoga therapist with extensive knowledge about various breathing techniques, energetics, and the mind-body-spirit relationship which is so tangible through the breath.   

Upcoming courses

Breathing well (Online)

This course will unpack the subtleties of dysfunctional breathing, optimal breathing, and how to make daily changes in your life to restore your ability to breathe well.  This course is guaranteed to change the way you think about breathing, but also to change the way you think.  We will dispel myths about proper breathing and teach you techniques to balance your nervous system, improve performance and get a better night’s sleep.  

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