Some symptoms: Dizziness, palpitations, numbness, dry mouth, sweating, difficulty
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 inhale comes from the diaphragm (stomach goes up on in breath)