What is Optimal Breathing®?
Optimal Breathing Development Work integrates ancient teachings and
modern science and technology and is compatible with all
forms of religious or spiritual expression. Breathing mechanics
are essentially the same for almost everyone but many of us lose good
breathing or never had it. After studying breathing for over 30 years I teach rock solid breathing fundamentals for a
variety of goals and
purposes We combine key elements of eclectic spirituality, Tibetan,
Hatha, and Kundalini Yoga, Healthy forms of Pranayama, Chi Kung (Qigong),
Massage, bodywork and Movement Therapy, Classical/operatic voice
development, Specialized/difficult cases of voice development such as
Spasmodic Dysphonia and Stuttering, meditations, Tai Chi, Karate, Reichian
Therapy, Reiki, Radiance Breathwork, Rebirthing, Integral Breathwork,
Meditation, Chanting, Nutrition, Internal cleansing, and Personal Growth
Aside from the stress based health issues of the way we breathe that are
so incredibly profound, there is a lot of angst about the depersonalizing of
the web. With all this so called connection via technology I don't think we
have ever been further apart as human beings.
"I walk along the streets of New York and I find people bumping into things,
and they have these things in their ears or in their face. They're not
seeing anything of the real world" Edward Albee Vice- December 2010
What we at breathing.com aim to do is to access the awesome health benefits
of the way we should breathe for that and bring back the people into themselves. Reconnecting with one's breathing is the first step in the direction of self
healing and self realization. Though nutrition, water, moderate exercise,
internal cleansing and a spiritually based attitude are extremely important,
if the breathing connection eludes you, you
will never be truly healthy or who you really are.
Training for various tasks alters the ratios and needs for each of
basic influences as it inputs a conditioning factor that changes mechanical
and cellular needs in the moment.
I mostly refer to speed and dependability, i.e., consistency and simplicity. I am always
concerned that the person will not get enough work done, miss the point and
lose themselves in the process. This gives me a sense of urgency because it was inadequate or too slowly
developing teaching and learning that happened to me, and many others I have met.
The way the breath drives the nervous system can change for good the way
that a person thinks, speaks and feels. The breath can connect one to
or separate one from one's core. Ideas often cause a paradigm shift that create quantum
change in miraculous ways never before imagined. The breath can be released,
reshaped and changed permanently just with ideas but
breathing mechanics are often not so
Reflection, proprioception (i.e., the ability to sense the relative
positioning and interaction of neighboring parts of the body), and
maintaining the space between breaths, is necessary, but many are too
stressed to slow down and get or stay in touch. Thus the spaces (pauses) between the
breaths get shorter and shorter. The breath is the primary stress modulator
and stabilizer. It is the lead horse in the team of horses called the
autonomic nervous system.
There are several integrated spiritual systems that are represented by
religions, sects, spiritual groups, shamans and ageless wisdom teachings.
Though some paradigms can organize one for a healthier lifestyle, Tibetan
Lama Tartang Tulku reminds me that when we think of something in a certain
way, we limit it. I try to leave open the possibility for all
spiritual ways of being by focusing on generic cross-cultural breathing
instead of breathing patterns representing selected paradigms (ways of
The will is largely from thinking, the spirit from the breath (i.e.,
inspirating, meaning to breathe in spirit). It is quite helpful to learn to
curb or guide our will without hindering or breaking our spirit.
Optimal breathing is what I would call the foundation for a "generic
spirituality." If it were applied to a corporation it would foster
fairness, loyalty, dignity and corporate social responsibility.
As many imply, the balance in life comes from integrating how
we think, feel and act. But this balance can never be without a sustainable,
replicated, healthy breathing foundation. The breath is the glue that
connects the body, mind and spirit. They are all interdependent. Which comes
first—feelings or thoughts? It depends.
I again suggest that the way the breathing works holds much of the foundation for being able to experience or express our
individuality in unbalanced or balanced ways. To the degree that
the breathing pattern of the creator of any given
paradigm is disorganized or maladaptive is the degree that
that paradigm will be slanted in favor of the individuals embraced by it. A restricted chest
often fosters imbalance or prejudice. Study body language and learn more about this, or read
“Emotional Anatomy” by Dr. Stanley Kelemen. A restricted abdomen fosters
restricted breathing and neurosis. Study Dr. Alexander Lowen of
Bioenergetics for more on that.
There are so
many ways of thinking that it seems to me more difficult to ever get
agreement unless we all breathe or at least have the capability of breathing
in a similar way—like walking in another man's footsteps.
Whether you call it “overbreathing,” hyperventilation,
maladaptive breathing, or sub-optimal breathing, many receive great
breathing AND respiration improvement with our self-help combination of the Optimal Breathing Kit,
Deepest Calm or one of the
other programs or The
Optimal Breathing School. If they need more, they work with me
personally or over Skype or come to our office and benefit from
adjunctive modern oxygen and carbon dioxide technology in addition to
An MD recommends Optimal Breathing®
Smoke or Smoking Recovery
7. Shortness of breath including
Asthma Bronchitis COPD Emphysema
8. Singing, Speaking,
11. Most other
chronic challenges are Control-Find searchable in the Supplemental material
CD included in the Kit.
THEMES TO ENHANCE:
2. Deepest Calm for: emotional
regulation, 12 Steps, anxiety-panic, headaches, high blood
pressure, pain reduction,
stress management, immune strength
stamina, recovery, sports, gentle yoga, breathwork, Pilates,
Qigong, Tai Chi
Free Breathing Tests
Undetected Unbalanced Breathing
Private one on one training on
Skype and in
Exercise, Rest & EWOT
"He who breathes most
air lives most life."
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
"Mike's Optimal Breathing teachings should be incorporated into
the physical exam taught in medical schools as well as other allied physical and mental health programs, particularly
education, and speech, physical, and respiratory therapy."
Dr. Danielle Rose, MD, NMD, SEP