In this video, Dr. Artour Rakhimov and Volker Schmitz discuss the relation between breathing retraining and yoga-meditation benefits and yoga breathing exercises (pranayama). Volker Schmitz is a yoga teacher and breathing practitioner from Hamburg Germany. Dr. Artour Rakhimov asks, “how do changes in our unconscious breathing patterns help people that practice yoga?”. The type of yoga discussed here includes stretching, breathing and meditative states. Breathing will have an impact on all of these areas. In modern society, yoga practitioners practice breathing exercises, but many do not have changes in their unconscious breathing patterns. These people breathe too often throughout the day.
Breathing averages according to the Buteyko Table of Health Zones include CO2 levels and breathing frequency. People breathe twice more than the medical norm. This is a mild form of hyperventilation. People do not feel it or notice it. Their results for the body-oxygen test is about 20 seconds. In contrast, 100 years ago people had 40 to 50 seconds on the body-oxygen test. Historically, yoga masters had these numbers for the body-oxygen test. More in their Yoga Benefits Book – https://www.amazon.com/Yoga-Benefits-Are-Breathing-Less-ebook/dp/B007MS6CS2/ .
Yoga students and teachers often have 20 seconds for the body-oxygen test. When these students achieve 50 to 60 seconds for the body-oxygen test, they get physical and psychological benefits. For example, one side effect is that they lose excess weight. Having a higher morning body-oxygen level or morning control pause leads to less sleep and more energy. People may start exercising yoga asanas or stretches for 1 to 2 hours daily. The quality of the exercise will be enhanced by having an increased blood flow.
Pranayama or control of the breath was at the centre of older yoga practices. It was not the final goal, but it was the main tool of yoga. Dr. Artour Rakhimov has read about historical yoga masters that achieved a breathing pattern by breathing only 3 breaths per minute unconsciously at rest. These yoga masters slept for only 2 hours daily. The founder of the Buteyko Table of Health Zones, Dr. Buteyko achieved similar results. He had 2 to 3 minutes for the body-oxygen test and he only slept for 2 hours daily too!
Prana means the breath or life force and yama is the control of it. It can be argued that the Buteyko Method is pranayama. When students get 40 seconds for the body-oxygen test, they sleep for five or five and a half hours. Then with 60 seconds on the MCP, they get four or four and a half hours. Students gain an incredible amount of energy. The ability to meditate with 60 to 90 seconds on the CP makes it very easy to meditate. You can go into a deeper meditative state and much quicker
Here are more details about yoga postures vs. breathing – https://www.normalbreathing.com/yoga.php and yoga meditation benefits – https://www.normalbreathing.com/yoga-meditate-benefits.php . The Spanish version of the Yoga page (translation from English) is here: “Yoga, Su Esencia y los Errores de los Gurús del Yoga Más Destacados” – https:www.respiracionnormal.org/yoga/ .
The YouTube URL of this video is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WUqvyBxom8 /.
The video features Volker Schmitz (Buteyko breathing teacher, Hamburg, Germany) and Dr. Artour Rakhimov (Buteyko practitioner trainer, Toronto, Canada).
The video description was created with participation of Chris Prokop (Mississauga, Canada).