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Patrick Mckeown - The Oxygen Advantage: How To Rethink The Way You Breathe

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Patrick McKeown is a world-renowned breathing expert, author, and lecturer. Over the past 15 years, he has trained thousands of people around the world with breathing techniques that lower stress levels, reduce overall anxiety, and improve physical wellbeing.

Patrick is a student of the Buteyko breathing method, and his latest book “The Oxygen Advantage” aims to revolutionise your health and fitness, using simple, scientifically proven, breathing techniques.

Patrick McKeown’s journey into the world of breathwork was shaped by personal experiences. Dealing with asthma and respiratory challenges during his childhood, McKeown embarked on a quest to find alternative solutions beyond traditional medical approaches. His exploration led him to various breathing techniques, ultimately empowering him to overcome his own breathing difficulties. This personal transformation ignited his passion for sharing the profound impact of optimal breathing on health.

Central to McKeown’s contributions is the Oxygen Advantage program, a holistic approach to breathing that integrates principles of functional breathing, sports science, and mindfulness. Going beyond simple exercises, the program aims to optimise oxygen delivery to the body’s cells, enhancing overall health and performance. McKeown’s methodology emphasises the significance of nasal breathing, controlled breathwork, and adopting functional breathing patterns.

Nasal breathing takes centre stage in McKeown’s teachings. He underscores the importance of breathing through the nose rather than the mouth. Nasal breathing serves to filter, humidify, and warm the air entering the lungs, optimising oxygen exchange and supporting respiratory health.

The program also focuses on improving breathing efficiency by balancing oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the body. Proper carbon dioxide levels are vital for the release of oxygen from the blood to the tissues. McKeown introduces various controlled breathing exercises to enhance breath awareness, increase lung capacity, and improve the function of respiratory muscles.

The Oxygen Advantage encourages individuals to adopt functional breathing patterns aligned with the body’s natural mechanisms, fostering overall well-being. The teachings extend beyond alleviating respiratory issues; athletes have reported enhanced endurance, faster recovery, and improved stamina during physical activities. Controlled breathing techniques have proven effective in reducing stress levels, enhancing focus, and promoting mental well-being.

Furthermore, conscious breathwork has been linked to improved sleep quality, aiding relaxation and reducing the likelihood of sleep-related breathing issues. Optimising oxygen delivery to cells through breathwork has been associated with increased energy levels and an overall sense of vitality.

Patrick McKeown’s journey from personal struggle to becoming a global advocate for optimal breathing reflects the transformative power of conscious breathwork. Through the Oxygen Advantage program and his influential book, McKeown has empowered individuals to take charge of their respiratory health, leading to improvements in physical performance, mental well-being, and overall quality of life. As a beacon in the field of breathwork, Patrick McKeown continues to inspire individuals worldwide to harness the potential of their breath for a healthier and more vibrant existence.


Chapters

00:00 | Trailer.
02:46 | Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
04:01 | Brian’s introduction.
05:01 | Wake up to the fact that breathing affects child development, your health and your sleep.
09:24 | Importance of correct breathing in childhood.
11:59 | Historically we were nose breathers.
17:00 | How Patrick furthered his knowledge of the importance of breathing correctly and began teaching it.
20:29 | Mouth breathing at night and sleep apnoea massively affect health and waking hours.
24:03 | The importance of sleep for everyone and lack of quality sleep, shortens your life.
28:58 | Hope that public opinion will further medical and dental research into affects in mouth breathing.
32:49 | Conor McGregor’s breathing is terrible Patrick observes at boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.
39:29 | Patrick’s opinion of Wim Hof’s breathing technique of hyperventilation.
48:02 | The breathing techniques Patrick advocates for athletes.
54:16 | Adult restrictive breathing masks and mouth taping for children and how it benefits them.
1:16:36 | Why nose breathing is always referred to in Neanderthals.
1:18:40 | The stupidity of breathing through your mouth in physical exercise – breathing test.
1:40:56 | Breathing exercise to aid falling asleep.
1:46:48 | What Patrick foresees he will be doing in five years.
1:50:32 | What is Patrick’s superpower.
1:51:59 | Best and worst days of his life.
1:55:34 | What scares him.
1:57:37 | What keeps him awake at night.
2:00:18 | Success secrets.
2:00:53 | Brian’s summing up.

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