2-B. Your rate of progress (uncontrollable and controllable factors)
Learning the Buteyko method by modules
Your rate of CP progress, while learning the Buteyko method, depends on many
factors. Generally, my students, when they correctly address all lifestyle
factors, as described here, progress with the average CP growth of 4-6 s in 1 week.
However, this is possible due to the DIY breathing device they use during early
stages of learning. When practicing only Buteyko breathing exercises, the rate
is slower (2-4 s higher CP in a week).
Some of the factors that influence this rate of CP progress are
not under our control, for example:
1.Age of the person. When we are younger, it is easier for the body to
adjust to new metabolic and physiological states. Young children often can
progress from, for example, 5 s up to 60 s CP in 3-5 days; teenagers in 2-3
weeks; elderly people in many months.
2.Fat reserves. Obesity makes progress slower. Obese students, when their
practice breathing exercises, first naturally loose weight while having more
energy and no hunger. They usually experience moderate CP growth during the
initial period of learning. Later they progress normally.
3.Amounts and types of medication used in the past.
Those learners who
consumed large amounts of medical drugs during previous years have slower
However, you can influence or choose other factors and parameters important
for your success in learning the Buteyko method:
- time devoted to breathing exercises (normally, I require about 1 hour per day
for breathing exercises) and safe physical activity (with nasal breathing only);
- prompt correction of abnormal life style factors;
- self-discipline, perseverance and will power;
- ability to reveal the specific hidden factor which is the main stumbling block
for your better health for any day or even moment of time;
- optimization of your actions based on all these considerations.
Choose your own pace to learn the blocks described below.
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