How does it work?

The amount of air we inhale and exhale in one minute is measured in liters. A healthy adult breathes from 3 do 5 liters of air in one minute

If we breathe more than we need to, this is called hyperventilation. If it happens every day, it is a case of chronic hyperventilation.

Very intense breathing could have fatal consequences if practiced for a short time. Thus, we can assume that subconscious excessive breathing for a longer period of time is less risky but still negatively affects our health. This has been medically proven.

Maintaining one’s vitality demands a balance between oxygen (O2) and carbon dioxide (CO2). Just like the lack of O2 is bad for the lungs, so is the lack of CO2 bad for other organs, because it negatively affects their activity. A healthy amount of CO2 in the alveoli is around 5% but if a person is breathing just a little bit too intense every day, this value can drop even under 4%. Less than 3% of CO2 in the lungs can be fatal.

The Buteyko method teaches us how to avoid subconscious hyperventilation and through this, it helps us improve our condition. To sum up: The Buteyko method teaches us how to breathe to maintain the right amount of everything.

Some causes of hyperventilation:

  • nutrition (big meals, high intake of animal proteins, too many chemical additives)
  • the myth about the calming effect of breathing deeply (a misconception of the West)
  • stress (breathing is closely connected to emotions; stress quickens our breathing)
  • temperature (living in excessively heated rooms and warm clothing)
  • exercise (not enough exercise, numbness and diminished organism functionality)
  • sleep (too much sleep leads to hyperventilation)