Today hosts Tiffany and Katja hone in on another topic related to pranayama: the science of breathing less. In this episode, we talk about the natural fear of retention of the breath and what we can do to combat this fear. We also connect the dots between concepts like intermittent hypoxic training, breathing less volume, and voluntary hypoventilation and talk about how all those practices may affect breathing gases. Finally, we talk a lot about the application of breathing less in our own practice and how to experiment with it.
Listen in to learn where the concept came from, what we can learn about breathing less from other fields of study, and how we can apply that to our yoga practice.
“There is a lot of fear around retention of the breath. There is this kind of natural, built-in emotional response to that.” – Tiffany Cruikshank
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“One of the reasons I love sports medicine so much is that I love looking at our ability to enhance our capacity and I think we’ve learned a lot from sports medicine and athletes that also applies to how to optimize our human capacity.” – Tiffany Cruikshank
- Origins of the concept of breathing less [2:15]
- The O2 side of the coin – intermittent hypoxia & co [3:45]
- The CO2 side of the coin – hypoventilation & co [8:15]
- Unpacking voluntary hypoventilation [13:39]
- The fear of breathing less [17:00]
- Breathing less from the yoga lens [24:11]
- Breath holds and pranayama [27:50]
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- Breathing Resources Doc
- Pranayama Yoga Teacher Training
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“In Pranayama we have so many different techniques, pathways, and ideas that we also find in yoga practices.” – Katja Bartsch