Having over 50-60 s morning CP is surely the most important single factor that determines future performance and efficiency of any Buteyko breathing teacher, as it was discovered by Dr. KP Buteyko and confirmed by my observations of 100s of breathing teachers since 2001. I view this requirement as a very significant one. Apart from the above two high-CP student-teachers, Richard Geller (Virginia, USA) is one of my students who has had up to 50+ s morning CP for many months.
Buteyko Breathing Teacher Course (Outline)
What Buteyko breathing trainees are going to learn in their course
Lectures, learning how to conduct lectures and organize your own practice (10 hours)
After their own training (and getting at least 30+ morning CPs),
trainees are required to attend 2 of my lectures in order to see the
lecture from a different perspective, not as a student who have health
problems, but as a breathing teacher. This courses can be organized by
me or by a trainee locally (in the UK, EU, Canada, USA, New Zealand or
The training actually starts before these lectures with about 30
minute lesson that explains the purpose of lectures and key ideas that
should be provided during these lectures. In order words, even though
these trainees already attended lectures in the past as students, they
need to learn and understand how students see the lecture-presentation
and what the goals of these lectures are.
All trainees are provided with my Powerpoint presentation, 2 hour audio
recordings of past lectures, and notes that explains main ideas. All
these files are located in the folder “Lecture”.
After getting this information, the trainee needs to conduct 2 his or
her lectures to small groups of newbies or only 1-2 individuals in
order to have practical experience in this area.
Attending the main course: 5 lessons, 2 hours each (25 hours in
As a next step, the trainee attends my usual group course, which
includes 5 group lessons (2-2.5 hours each), and individual classes
(there private lessons for most students or those who take medication,
have problems with learning breathing exercises, or have individual
questions to discuss).
Therefore, training teachers usually include attending 2 group courses:
usually, one course as a student, with practicing breathing exercises
and making other changes, and another one with explanations for
teachers (before and after group classes), why we do things in a
certain order and all details related to these classes.
New teachers are provided with a lesson plan for each group lesson (5
lessons in total): detailed PowerPoint presentations for each lesson,
audio recordings, and files with notes with more details/specifics
related to teaching breathing retraining.
Practice: Teaching courses to students (30-35 hours)
After attending my group course as a trainee, the new teacher should
conduct his or her own courses (usually 2) to a group or 1-2
individuals (or more) under my supervision, while using the same (or
adjusted) Powerpoint presentation and materials. These classes are
normally accompanied by prior and post classes (just before and soon
after classes) in order to discuss details and analyze mistakes.
Learning the advanced course (7 hours)
As a part of their learning, some of my students (generally with
over 30+ s morning CP) attended the advanced course that includes 3
lessons, about 2 hours each. While this advanced course is based on the
same ideas, it includes some new details and techniques that allows
students to get up to 45-50 s and more for their morning CPs.
There are 3 folders with the same files for each of these classes
(Powerpoint presentations, audio recordings and notes for teachers with
goals and extra details).
Specialized lessons for teachers (10 hours)
Since teaching breathing retraining requires numerous additional
skills that are applied to specific cases and situations, there are
several specialized lessons for teachers. The topics for these extra
How to deal with people who have panic attacks, hypertension,
transplants, pregnancy, etc.
Dealing with different health
- GI problems
Most difficult cases:
- Diabetes, emphysema
- Inability to exercise
- Combined conditions
- Root canals, amalgams
- Multiple allergies, very poor sleep, GI problems.
Analyzing personal info of students
How to analyze and use personal questionnaires of students.
Medication and breathing retraining
General and specific ideas related to medical drugs and hormones and
how to cooperate with doctors.
What is important for various cases of focal infections.
Analyzing daily logs
Why we keep this and only this information in daily logs. Examples of
daily logs and their analysis with finding key problems and addressing
them effectively. Examples.
How to explain the method to children, specific steps related to
teaching 3-5 years old and younger/older children.
All these topics are also provided in the form of audio recordings (MP3 files)
and Word/PDF/PPT files with notes that contain outlines and key ideas related to
The total time for the course for Buteyko breathing
teacher-practitioners is usually about 80-90 hours.
Additional email support
After completion of the course, the breathing teacher is also provided
with email support for additional questions and queries that can appear
later, during their own practice.
Training may take place in England, Europe (including Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Netherlands, etc.), USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other countries depending on availability of students. Some part of the training course can take via Skype.