Breathing Technique

What is hyperventilation?

Some symptoms: Dizziness, palpitations, numbness, dry mouth, sweating, difficulty swallowing...


With hyperventilation, the body has too much oxygen. To use this extra oxygen, the body needs a certain amount of carbon dioxide CO2. When we hyperventilate, we do not give our body long enough to retain CO2, so it cannot use the oxygen. You might feel short of air…you actually have too much!


The OPPOSITE of hyperventilation:

1. Diaphragm Breathing:You have  to breath from the lower abdomen, feeling your stomach go up as you breath in.

2. Breath gently in (through the nose), stomach lifting and then  breath out slowly, through your mouth, for longer than you breathed in.


This way of breathing stimulates the Para-Sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for relaxation. It is a basic law of biology but don’t underestimate it because of its simplicity ! Practice every day until it becomes automatic.


It has been called the 7/11 breathing: Breath in for 7 seconds and out for 11...but find your own comfortable rhythm.  (You can count in your head to make sure your OUT breath is longer than your IN breath)


There are 2 important points to remember:

The exhale has to be longer than the inhale