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What's the difference between meditation and breathing retraining?

Posted by Lisa Bowen on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 Under: Breathing Retraining

Where we are located in the San Francisco Bay Area, most people have had some exposure to meditation, usually Buddhist meditation.  There are thousands of meditation styles, and most of them are directed to training the mind as a spiritual discipline-- through awareness, concentration or visualization. 

Buddhist meditation techniques have been increasingly employed by mental-health professionals to help alleviate a variety of health conditions such as anxiety and depression.  In fact, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn developed Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1979 as a form of complementary medicine.

Typically, mindfulness is known as a technique to center your attention on your breath, without any effort to change the breath.

Breathing retraining holds an entirely different intention.  We measure respiratory fitness, then do exercises to  build more breathing capacity and reset the respiratory center in the brain so a person's breathing rate and volume are back as good as the day they were born.  It’s not that different than taking a car in for its annual tune-up where the mechanic cleans up the engine and resets it to factory standards – except unfortunately it’s not a passive process that you can pay someone else to do for you. 

The Buteyko Breathing Method, the main set of techniques we teach, can be considered a no-frills fix-it strategy.  It’s not that complicated and if you “work the program”, you will achieve the goals.  It doesn’t however address the emotional reasons or patterns behind poor breathing – so maybe we need breathing retraining AND mindfulness meditation.

If you liked this post, check out an older post on how Ram Dass learned Buteyko Breathing .

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