‘How well we breathe dictates how well we move. I was never taught why and how to breathe, how to co-ordinate or control my breathing‘ – Vik shares the intent of this breathe educational series and what to expect
Understanding nasal v mouth breathing has a huge impact on our overall health & wellbeing.
The first step into creating adaptive breath or being in better control of our respiration is to understand & be able to hold/retain our breath.
This is a great way to start being creative and progressive towards being able to improve our breath retention.
A more advanced take on breath retention would be tummo breath or the ever-so-popular protocol by Wim Hoff.
Great to implement straight after training.
Easy to implement throughout the day.
Great one to implement as part of preparatory work.
A simple way to start implementing coordination work for breathing.
Play & practice with different combination (nose/nose, mouth/mouth, nose/mouth) as well as various positions.
Being able to speed up or increase our cadence of breath is not easy as it sounds.
Love this for a few other reasons too.
Being able to slow our breath is initially really hard as we never explore this medium.
Ocean breathing is a great starting point.
There are other similar techniques like OM breathing that can also be used to coordinate slow breathing (it’s not something I’ve used before!)
✓ How do we tie all this in terms of performance or training and use it on people we seek to help?
✓ In the video, I go through a few ways and examples we use these underlying principles in programming at AIM.
✓ Shout-out and resources that have helped me go deep in this subject so far.
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