Measuring your Body’s Oxygen Level. This test, the BOLT score, is required if one is to make any progress with a breathing practice for harnessing health and improving performance – physically, mentally and beyond.
Breathing Well Promotes Health & Fitness
Functional Breathing is practicing breathing with awareness and attention. Breathing while moving, sitting, working, exercising, sleep, and more… threaded through you day can go a long ways to expanding the range of health. Attention brings awareness and understanding of your breathing patterns. Feeling the breath is part of awareness, and provides great feedback to your health and fitness. There is no “normal”, only optimal. These videos are guides to the 3 important concepts in Functional Breathing practices:
BREATHE SOFT & LIGHT
BREATHE LOW & FULL
BREATHE SLOW & RHYTHMIC
Shawn’s Instructional Videos
The Sequence we did in the session was as follows:
1. WARM-UP/SHORT BREATHHOLDS for 3-5 minutes.
2. BREATHE LIGHT – mild air-hunger for 3-5 minutes. Can be done lying down on back, on belly (optimal position), or seated. See video below for focused guidance. It is also in my second video above.
3. MEDIUM AIR-HUNGER exercise for 5 repetitions.
4. BREATHE LOW seated or walking for 3-5 minutes.
All of you should be able to tolerate these exercise and see improvements in your BOLT score over 3-6 weeks. For further advancements there are a few hidden gems below, and best if you seek my guidance to see if it is best fit for you.
The videos are courtesy of Patrick MeKeown and the Oxygen Advantage
A gentle nose unblocking exercise is very helpful here.
Functional Breathing – Breathe Low with Walking
The Concept of Breathing Light
The Practice of Breathing Light