Breathing Habits of High Performers
In This Episode
Mouth-breathing evolved as a survival mechanism during “fight or flight”. But today, because so many of us experience chronic stress and anxiety, mouth breathing is the dominant way in which we breathe – much to the detriment of our health and performance. In this episode, Patrick McKeown, International best-selling author of The Oxygen Advantage and one of the world’s leading breathing re-education experts, explains why breathing isn’t just for Yogis and why high performers, creators, or anyone who wants to spend more time in flow states must learn how to breathe properly.
International best-selling author of The Oxygen Advantage and creator and master instructor of the Oxygen Advantage® technique, Patrick McKeown is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading breathing re-education experts. Over the past two decades, Patrick has trained thousands of people around the world to safely challenge their bodies and produce positive changes through breathing re-education. He teaches a new way to breathe, combined with specific exercises designed to improve blood chemistry. The result is an increase in oxygen flow to all the body’s systems, meaning greater endurance, strength, and power.
Website(s): The Oxygen Advantage
Episode Resources and Links
01:30 – Intro to Patrick
03:50 – Chronic over-breathing and breathing pattern disorders are extremely prevalent for people with anxiety or asthma.
06:00 What is dysfunctional breathing? And, how to screen for breathing pattern disorders.
09:00 – Stress, HRV and Breathing
12:50 – 3 Mistakes made when breathing
13:15 How nasal breathing differs from mouth breathing and why mouth breathing evolved.
16:00 The problem with mouth breathing
16:50 Why breathing is essential for high performers: focus, concentration and attention span
17:40 Why taking a full deep breath can be a big mistake.
19:00 – Air hunger stimulates the vagus nerve
22:40 – During sleep, what can we do to improve our breathing?
27:20 – LSD
39:00 – The founding father of sleep medicine
44:00 – The basics often get overlooked
51:00 – Tongue in the roof of the mouth
53:30 – Patrick’s books and what they address
1:05:00 – Where to find Patrick’s work