Frequently Asked Questions
Here are various questions that have been asked and here to hopefully guide you a little bit.
I don’t have time to dedicate time to breathing exercises. How long should I practise on breathing exercises everyday?
We breathe about 20/25,000 times a day on average, which leaves plenty of opportunity to focus on your breath.
There are different possibilities like trying to dedicate some time to breathe, for example the Wim Hof Method would recommend 3/4 rounds, which overall takes about 15 minutes in a day, but if really stuck, there is always the possibility to do 1 or 2 rounds, which would be better than no practise at all.
You also have the possibility to focus on your breath whenever walking in the street, during a meeting, when practising an activity or other. With focusing on nasal breathing, slowing it down and making sure you are breathing as lightly as possible, and doing it for 2/3 minutes at a time to begin with and several times a day is also great practise.
If you are really stuck with time, there is always the possibility to tape your mouth with a stamp size plaster on your lips during sleep and that will encourage you to breathe through your nose and will have many other benefits, while not taking anything away from your active time and improving your sleep quality at the same time.
You don’t especially need a yoga mat, a plant and Himalayan salt lamp to practise breathing exercises. The simplest ones can be done anywhere, anytime.
What to choose between online and in-person training?
The options exist for you and your preferences. We all have different lives and need to adapt everyday, that is why we are offering several options to suit people’s requirements.
You can find more details to help you choose under CLASSES and if you are still in doubt, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.
What is the right way to breathe?
The right way to breathe is one that suits you based on your lifestyle. However, there is scientific proof on many levels that breathing through the nose is perfect. The nose’s only purpose is to breathe. The mouth has that capacity but has other purposes like eating, drinking or talking. We are the only mammal to use our mouths to breathe to such an extent.
Of course there are times when you can use your mouth to breathe, like when making an intense effort or if your sinuses are fully blocked and you’ve done everything to unblock them but your nose and nasal cavities will slow down your breath, filter bacteria and viruses, warm up and humidify the air before reaching the lungs.
So breathe through your nose, lightly, using your belly, less chest, as much as you can.
I’m new to breathing exercises. Which technique would suit me best?
There is no better breathing exercise for people per se. It depends a lot on what your purpose is.
It is always good to ask for advice if you have any questions, you can always contact us and organise a free 20-minute call to answer your questions and help you find what suits you best.
What is Deep Breathing? What are the benefits?
Deep breathing actually means breathing using your diaphragm. Most people use their chest too much. Breathing using your belly has many benefits including:
. Helping you relax
. Reducing blood pressure.
. Slowing down your heart rate.
. Increasing oxygen distribution throughout your body.
. Improving sleep and much more…
You can find more online such as https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/9445-diaphragmatic-breathing or https://www.healthline.com/health/diaphragmatic-breathing#steps
What are the benefits of cold exposure?
There are many proven benefits to cold exposure such as reducing inflammation, helping with muscle recovery, triggering your vagus nerve (helping with the activation of your parasympathetic nervous system - rest and digest), boosting your cardiovascular system, having a stronger immune system, having a better balanced mental health, increasing your energy level and much more.
How cold does the water need to be to feel benefits?
Several studies have come up with slightly various results but it often provides temperatures between 16 and 18 degrees celsius (61 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit). Your safest bet would be 16 degrees celsius. Cold enough but not bad and a great way to create more brown fat and feel great.
How long should I stay in the cold?
It depends on your experience with cold but a few seconds to begin with is great. Start with 15 or 30 seconds and slowly but surely increase. One way you can do without counting is making sure you get in control of your breath, make it as relaxed and comfortable as possible then have about 5 comfortable breaths. That should be enough for a start.