Reduced breathing exercise
Buteyko Breathing Exercise No 2. The Left Hand Rule (Reduced breathing exercise)
Description of the Actual Exercise:
Why is "Reduced breathing exercise" called The Left Hand Rule? Because Doctor Konstantin Buteyko was a lover of graphic depiction.
Put your left palm on a blank piece of paper, and draw round the fingers with a pencil.
On the thumb write ‘gradual’;
on the index finger write ‘reduction’;
on the middle finger, write ‘of the depth of breathing’;
on the ring finger write ‘by means of relaxing the diaphragm;
and on the pinkie write ‘until you are aware of a slight shortage of air’.
There you have the Left Hand Rule: gradual reduction of the depth of breathing, by means of relaxing the diaphragm , until you are aware of a slight shortage of air.
But how do we achieve this in reality?
To start with, we repeat all seven elements of Exercise No 1. All seven. That is to say, we set up a chair with one of its corners turned forward. We sit down and relax our diaphragm. We turn our gaze upwards, and by now we are 50 seconds into Exercise No 1.
1b. Next, after an ordinary out-breath, we squeeze the tip of our nose with our left hand, and hold it closed for approximately 2-4 seconds, until we start to feel a slight shortage of air.
2b. When we are aware of a very slight shortage of air, we let go
3b. The first breath we take afterwards is a partial one ie we slightly restrict our intake of air. Only slightly. This is why we previously
captured that sense of being short of air.
4b. And now we sit still for 10-15 minutes, breathing quietly through our
noses, so that neither our abdomen nor our chest, heaves.
5b. We carry on under-breathing and slightly abbreviating our in- breath. We do this so that we can maintain right through to the end of the exercise, the sense of a slight shortage of air that we attained by holding our noses!
The absolutely classic version of the standard exercises in the Buteyko breathing technique of Volitional Elimination of Deep Breathing. It is the Buteyko breathing exercises that Doctor Konstantin Buteyko always officially described as the bedrock of his technique.
These exercises are discribed in detail and explanations given in our Buteyko Breathing Course by Sergey Altukhov
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Disclaimer: The Buteyko Method should only be practiced under the guidance of a trained practitioner, medication should not be altered without consuling your doctor. Excessive DIY (Do it yourself) use of the above Buteyko breathing exercises could result in unpleasant symptoms known as cleansing reactions, this is the body ridding it's self of accumulated ‘pathogenic grime'.
WARNING: The information on this page is only for educational purposes and should not be attempted unless under the instruction of a Qualified Buteyko Instructor
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