My Courses and Requirements for Learning the Buteyko Method
Initial requirement: good knowledge of basics.
There are 3 different ways how you can get basic education in
1. YouTube or Google Video video clips. You can get practically
educated using my video lecture-lessons on YouTube using my name
http://www.youtube.com/user/artour2006. The descriptions and titles of
my video clips can be found here.
It is better for your understanding if you watch video clips following
the numbers on the titles: 01-…, 02-…, 03-…, etc. or use a video
playlist that shows videos in the correct order.
My teaching is based on 3 levels ("Survival", "Existence", and
"Normal life") of learning the Buteyko breathing method by students.
Level 1 "Survival"
Goals: The student is able to eliminate the main symptoms of own health
problems (e.g., asthma, heart disease, epilepsy, sinusitis, eczema,
insomnia, constipation, etc.) using the Emergency Procedure so that the
Emergency Procedure can substitute the use of medication or
significantly reduce the dosage (e.g., twice). Such students have low
CP s (usually about 5-15 s), while elimination or reduction in
medication is their main practical result. Only about 10% learners or
less are satisfied with this level. It takes from 10-20 minutes up to
1-2 days to learn.
I teach Level 1 for free during my lectures, presentations, talks,
and ordinary conversations. It involves learning the Emergency
Procedure (short breath holds and reduced breathing with air hunger)
Learning by modules pages of this website.
Requirement for Level 1:
- desire to live or survive.
Level 2 "Existence"
Goals: The student partly normalized own breathing until about 25-35 s CP,
so that he has no need for medication and does not experience the
symptoms of his main health problem, e.g., asthma, bronchitis, heart
disease, epilepsy, sinusitis, eczema, etc. However, such learner can
still suffer from airways inflammation, allergies, GI problems,
hormonal problems, and musculo-skeletal problems. Various medical drugs
can be required to control symptoms of these “high-CP” diseases, This
is the level achieved by most people on the west. It takes about 1- 3
months to learn.
These students require 5 group lessons (once per week), each about 2.5-3
hours long. Most sessions are done in a small group, but each student
also has 2 individual lessons about 30-50 min long. During the course the students learn the
breathing exercises, practice them, and get homework. Apart from
breathing exercises, the Buteyko method includes teaching of healthy
lifestyle factors and detailed explanation of how and why these factors
Among these factors are common-sense ideas about
- keeping the mouth closed (nasal breathing only)
- not to sleeping on the back
- eating only when hungry
- physical activity
- and other methods and techniques.
Requirements for Level 2:
Theoretical: the student should have basic knowledge about CO2 effects
and effects of deep breathing on human body. The student can get this
knowledge by various means:
a) attending the introductory lecture
b) reading the small book "Oxygenate yourself: breathe less"
c) watching my video course on Google Video or YouTube.
Personal commitment: the student will need:
- at least 1 hour every day for breathing exercises
- at least 1 hour for physical activity
- following healthy life style factors (only those that reduce your
The price of this (main) course is about 390$ USD or CAD or 290 Euro.
Email me about my fees for the course in a group and individual
lessons, as well as online internet fees. My email address is "artour", then "@", and then "normalbreathing.com".
Level 3 "Normal Life"
Goals: The student has no less than 60 s at any moment of the day. Such CPs
provide the guarantee about absence of pathologies and symptoms related
to many degenerative health conditions (over 150 so called “diseases of
civilization”). While achievement of this level requires will power,
self-discipline and determination, there are many students world-wide
who got there and none has regrets about the time and energy spent. The
final goal of the method for Level 3 is normalization of breathing.
Among parameters of normal breathing, according to Doctor Buteyko, are:
60 s CP (breath holding time at rest, after quiet expiration, with no
stress at the end of test); 4 l/min ventilation rate (for a 70-kg man);
and 6.5% CO2 (about 46 mm Hg CO2 at sea level) in alveoli and arterial
blood. As we can see here, his parameters are more rigorous than
typical medical and physiological norms: 40 s CP; 6 l/min; 40 mm Hg at
sea level (or about 5.3%). It often takes 0.5-2 years for an adult to
Level 3 course has 3 lessons, about 2 hours each.
- Level 2 completed (over 25 seconds for the typical early morning
breath holding time);
- 1 hour for breathing exercises every day;
- 3-4 hours for physical activity every day (it includes power
walking, jogging, running, cycling, swimming, etc.)
Sessions are done in groups. However, private sessions are also
* If you are very-very interested in learning, but cannot afford it
(e.g., you are homeless, or unemployed, or low-income, or from
non-western country), send me an email and explain your situation,
including the following details: your name, address, occupation,
company you work for, wages, and reasons of your interest in the
Buteyko method. We will discuss how I can help you.
The method can be learned by children as young as 3-4 years old.
There are also special techniques for younger students. The main
requirement here is learning the method by parents first.
I am also available for public lectures, workshops, seminars, and
teaching new practitioners. Email me: artour at normalbreathing.com
with your plans, suggestions, and concerns. If there is no reply, send
me a message through the Facebook. I always write back.