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Jan 13, 2018

“My mission is to empower people to take control of their own health, well-being and fitness using simple breathing exercises proven to improve body oxygenation”. -Patrick McKeown

Breathing. It's fundamental to human life, and we've been breathing air since moments after birth. It's so instinctual, we do it correctly right from the start - diaphragmatic breathing with the mouth closed. Like so many other aspects of life, though, many of us stray from this original, natural, and healthy behavior. According to Patrick McKeown, the derangement of our breathing process is at the root of many of the ills and ailments that are common today.

Patrick McKeown is the author of seven books and the Director of Education and Training at the Buteyko Clinic International. The Buteyko method is a breathing technique used to help children and adults suffering from breathing problems including asthma, COPD, snoring, and sleep apnea as well as helping athletes improve performance.

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Listen - if there is one thing that you consider addressing this year in your physical performance, I suggest it be breathing. It's the most fundamental element of life - you can survive less than 5 minutes without taking a breath, and it may just be the most transforming in your health and well-being. Patrick has been teaching these breathing techniques to thousands of people over the past couple decades. Many have seen absolutely remarkable transformations - eliminating asthma, snoring, sleep apnea, improving the health of gums and teeth, changing jaw structure, reducing stress, improving performance.

While I'll admit that Patrick's coaching to "breathe less" sounds absolutely crazy, after you hear the reasons why... and that your body actually does a better job at delivering oxygen to your tissues, you'll find yourself itching to learn more (as I did). I suggest sitting down with a pen and piece of paper to jot down notes, and to pick up a copy of his book as well.