The premise of the Buteyko technique is that many health conditions are the result of dysfunctional ‘over breathing’ or chronic hyperventilation.
Completely at odds to the popular view that taking big deep breaths of air is ‘good’ breathing, the Buteyko way is to minimise intake, reducing and calming the breath towards normal. Not so different to ancient yogic pranayama or Hatha yoga breathing whereby man could breathe one breath per minute for the duration of one hour.
Signs of over breathing include mouth breathing, frequent yawning, sighing, sniffing, heavy breathing at night, loud breathing and snoring. Buteyko breathing involves relaxation and minimal breathing volume to permanently reset breathing to normal levels.
Take the breathing test to find out if you have dysfunctional breathing.