Ideal Breathing Pattern: 3 Breaths/Min for Maximum Body Oxygen
of performing Pranayama: 12. In the beginning there is
perspiration, in the middle stage there is quivering, and in the last or third
stage, one obtains steadiness; and then the breath should be made steady or
Hatha Yoga Pradipika (the manuscript written in 15th century; the foundation of Hatha Yoga)
There are many thousands of modern articles, books, and internet web pages
written about breathing. Many of them talk about benefits of ideal
breathing for various systems of the human body and to cure numerous diseases.
However, authors of most articles virtually never give exact parameters of the
ideal breathing pattern. They can mention something about deep "cleansing"
breathing and discuss the poisonous and toxic nature of carbon dioxide. You
can find the exact graph of the ideal breathing
pattern below. This pattern can be measured, if you have one, using a
simple DIY body-oxygen test (or the CP test).
the human body most resistant to pathological organisms and diseases? How should
we breathe days and nights for superior abilities in relation to sleep; digestion;
physical fitness; survival without sleep, food and water for days; healing of wounds
and broken bones; and some lost and unique skills which were generously
granted to humans by Nature?
On previous web pages, we considered the exact parameters for the normal breathing pattern
(for healthy people), ineffective breathing pattern (for the moderately sick
people with chronic diseases), and the heavy breathing pattern (for the severely and
critically sick). It is logical to suggest that the ideal breathing pattern will
correspond to very slow breathing with very high body-oxygen levels due to very
slow breathing with reduced minute ventilation at rest and 24/7.
In 1960-1980s Dr. Buteyko trained about 200 Soviet
doctors to use the Buteyko breathing technique in their clinical practice. His
main requirement for these breathing practitioners was 60 s CP or
body oxygen level. Some of them had up to
2-3 min for this hard test. In addition, Dr. Buteyko taught the Buteyko
breathing method to many hundreds of Russian patients, who got up to
1-3 minutes for their body oxygen level or CP.
Dr. Buteyko's finding
was that the typical breathing rate at rest for people with 2-3 min CP
(stress free breath-holding time test done after usual exhalation) was
about 3-5 breaths per minute with a minute volume of about 1.5-2.5 l/min. It
corresponds to a slow and relaxed inhalation and very long automatic
pause (period of no breathing) of 9-16 seconds. These results can be
found in the Buteyko Table of Health Zones from the Homepage section.
ideal breathing pattern, if we consider the clinical experience of
about 200 Russian MDs and the Buteyko Table of Health Zones, corresponds to a 3
min CP and only 3 breaths/min at rest for an ideal breathing rate (for unconscious
or automatic breathing).
Note that the maximum breath-holding time
for the ideal breathing pattern will be over 7 minutes. Indeed, the
Buteyko Table of Health Zones suggests the MP (maximum pause after usual
exhalation) is 210 seconds or 3.5 min. Hence, after maximum inhalation, this
result will be about 2-2.5 times greater. Practical testing found that such
people usually have about 7-8 min for their maximum breath holding time.
Ideal breathing pattern chart
Fig. The ideal breathing pattern at rest is 3 breaths/min, 1.5-2 L/min for minute
ventilation, and 180 s for the stress-free breath holding time test (optimum or
ideal body oxygenation). The inhalation is about 1.5 s, exhalation 2.5 s, and
the automatic pause (natural pause of relaxation with no breathing) is up to
The same ideal breathing rate (3 breaths/min) has been
observed in hatha yoga masters.
According to numerous testimonials, various physiological
and psychological changes take
place during this super slow or ideal breathing. As we discussed before,
this extra healthy state restores certain biochemical processes, which were normal for humans in the past.
Benefits of ideal breathing
Sleep becomes much
shorter naturally. I witnessed this effect in dozens of my breathing students. With over 30 seconds for the body O2 test (when they reduce breathing almost to the medical norm), the usual duration of sleep is about 6-6.5 hours. They simply do not get any desire to sleep more, but often develop
a healthy habit to have short (about 5-10 minutes) naps in the middle of the
With higher body O2 results (in seconds) and even slower breathing sleeping gets even shorter. You can find out exact numbers for people with about 1 min for the body O2 test and with 2-3 min as your bonus content in the next paragraph.
The human organism starts to produce antibodies in saliva that can suppress
pathogens causing cavities and the formation of plaque. (Indeed, archaeological
artifacts of human skulls show that some centuries ago humans had much less
problems with dental plaque and cavities or caries.
people claim that our diet is to blame, even with the ideal diet modern 20-25 s
CP people in some months will still get plaque and can get cavities too.)
It becomes possible to digest wider varieties of fibers and other foods
(roots, leafs, flowers, bones) and extract nutrients and energy from them.
Cuts, wounds and broken bones can get healed in a matter of days, instead of
weeks or months.
Humans can survive for days without getting water, food, and sleep, while
having their high CP and energy to search for water and food and fight, if
necessary, for life.
females have painless childbirth. Child delivery becomes an easy and
relaxing experience. [Those who suffer from pain due to constipation can check
this effect of higher CO2 and CP by creating strong air hunger with long
breath holds and reduced breathing.]
The super state of the mind triggers extrasensory abilities (to feel the emotions
of other people, see aura around them, communicate thoughts without speech or
have telepathic abilities, etc.). The perception of reality becomes more accurate and
more detached from personal (egoistic) involvement.
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