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Open Minds: The Power of Conscious Breathing with Anders Olsson (February 2016)

Season 6, Episode 10
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Can something as simple as breathing become the foundation for a healthy mind and body? Anders Olsson explains that breathing is the basis for the quality of your life and enlightenment. To this effect, he offers proper breathing techniques which can help you to reduce stress while increasing energy and harmony within. The practice of conscious breathing only takes a minute to learn, but a lifetime to master. This interview with Regina Meredith was originally webcast February 25, 2016.

Regina Meredith
Anders Olsson


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pierre.yfitness, posted on August 6, 2016

I am a huge advocate of breathe and breathe awareness but I found some of the material a bit removed from scientific evidence. A common saying is correlation is not causation, to speak in purely mechanical fashion re:intense exercise causes poor breathing is rather lacking (it says something grand without suffice evidence to back it). I was also surprised the lung-heart correlation didn't tie in a short description of how a diaphragmatic breathe activates the vagus nerve---elicits the relaxation response---> Lowers cortisol and other inflammatory pathways---> with ultimate hormonal cascade that promotes vitality (optimal energy exchange and adaption). I haven't even touched upon the psychosomatic bio- core- energetic perspectives on poor breathing. Respectfully this work could have been grounded more and hopefully this helps the work evolve. I did learn as well, which I am grateful for!

christmannstephanie, posted on August 4, 2016

I believe I've finally found the reason for having insomnia!!! I don't lay there and think, or worry, I just lie down and am awake, although everything is saying "I'm tired". The answer is so simple. My left nostril is slightly restricted, meaning I am consistently breathing in and out of my active activation nostril... so simple!
Thank you, thank you!

jdtannehill90, posted on March 19, 2016

Lots of excellent information. He talks about athletes and their breathing habits. I'm sure most don't pay much attention to how they are breathing, but I certainly do.

My experience with running is that, at almost any pace, I will perform best running two steps per inhale, two steps per exhale. On the first step I inhale into my low belly, on the second my chest rises and I fill my lungs completely. On the next two steps I exhale first from the chest and next from my belly, just as I've learned through practicing yoga! Perhaps because of where I live, in a large city in the southeastern United States, I do not find it is possible for me to get enough air intake through my nose while running, but maybe I just need to practice...

Weightlifting is different and proper breathing before the lift is, in my experience, maybe just as important as inhaling on the eccentric phase and exhaling on the concentric phase of the rep. For most lifts it is best for me to breathe easily and relax for a minute or two, just as he advises to breathe in everyday life, taking a few larger breaths, and then one small one right before starting. However, for really heavy lifts, squatting over 365 pounds or deadlifting over 400 or going after a personal record on a single rep, I breathe very differently. For several minutes, perhaps 3-5 minutes before, I will hyperventilate, taking huge gulps of air, emptying my lungs with each exhale and filling them completely each time. After a few minutes my extremities start to tingle and after another minute or so I will take a few smaller, more relaxed breaths, and then lift. Although I know it isn't the healthiest kind of breathing, I also know from experience that this technique substantially increases my strength for a short period of time, maybe 15 seconds or so, which is all that I need in that situation. For anything longer than these 10-20 second bursts, this will reduce my strength, probably because it interferes with the CO2-O2 exchange as he describes in the video.

Thank you, Regina and Anders!

Kibitzroomcomedy, posted on March 11, 2016

Regina! You are so intelligent. I absolutely love your interviews. Thank you for being who you are and creating this wonderful network. You have truly inspired me!

alkimia2012, posted on March 4, 2016


thatcrazytoaster, posted on February 28, 2016

another reason to be activists for our environment. Research what this is and it's ingredients. It IS in our air. I would connect this information with the reality of our current world/environment. This concerns all life forms.

michelezina, posted on February 28, 2016

I started consciously breathing through my nose alone. It was hard as I was congested. But after persisting, about five minutes later to my delight, my congestion cleared up!!!! I will add this as a conscious meditation in my daily life! Thank you!

SuzannaB@Gaia, posted on March 4, 2016

@Michelezina, thanks for writing!
We have a collection of video here on Gaia featuring Pranayama breathwork that you may also be interested in:

All the best,

joanlulich, posted on February 27, 2016

One needs to study the detrimental effects of man made supplements. This is the main cause of poor breathing, narrow palate, and restricted fascia.

Please have Dr. Barry Gillespie on your program. His work is life changing.

myboojan, posted on February 26, 2016

I remember my first experience with some very good teachers 20yrs ago about the importance of breathing, BUT also in Breathing properly. I was brought up be a chest breather and I always wondered why I still didn't get enough air. My teachers taught me that Prana relies on proper abdominal breathing where the breaths begin with inhaling thru the abdomen, and pushing it outwards, bringing the breath up into the chest area. When I had major surgery in 1996, I remember the Respiratory therapist was amazed at how effectively I was using their gadget during my breathing treatments. I told him that I relearned how to breathe properly... where it starts with the abdomen first rather than starting with the chest area. I hope I explained this properly.

ZackLMiles, posted on February 26, 2016

I will definitely be working on my breathing now. (And have to say... You always do such good interviews. And you always look very lovely doing it, Regina. Thank you.

bvb10, posted on February 25, 2016

Amazing information. Breath is our only intercourse with the physical. The magnetic imprint at births first breath sets our astrological chart spinning. Too much oxygen in is interesting. I take one Protandim daily and have reduced my C Reactive Protein blood test to near 0. See more on Protandim at my
Thanks for this great interview.
Beata aka TFHL

lynn19, posted on February 25, 2016

on breath though this whole interview and felt relaxed and alert but sleepy after. Being Svenska, I also enjoyed very much the Swedish inflections in his excellent English. Thank you.

Puptart, posted on February 25, 2016

Great interview, informative and clear presentation.

SuzannaB@Gaia, posted on February 25, 2016

@PUPTART, thank you for your support of the Open Minds series! We're happy you enjoyed the interview.

All the best,

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