Buteyko Breathing for Anxiety

Buteyko Breathing for anxiety

By Buteyko Clinic International
The world's leading authority on the Buteyko breathing method

What is Buteyko Breathing for anxiety

What is the Buteyko breathing method?

The Buteyko breathing method is a series of exercises and guidelines that prevents hyperventilation by retraining your breath so that your breathing is continuously:

Slow quiet and gentle.

 In and out through your nose.

Happening with your mouth closed and that your tongue has the correct posture.

With a natural pause after each exhalation.

Driven by your diaphragm.

What do we do at Buteykohead:

  We teach the Buteyko breathing method together with mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy strategies, which will allow you to react well to life’s challenges and carry on doing the things you love. When you break away from your anxiety, worry, anger and sadness. You find your freedom. You live your life…

What is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)?

CBT is a short term, hands on approach to improving and maintaining mental health.

Its aim is to change the thinking patterns which trigger the emotions that can consume our day or hold us back.

Buteyko breathing for anxiety

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We can help you to:

Our Training Objectives:


Repetitive, Intrusive,

Racing, Unhelpful,


Quieter, Balanced,

Flexible, Supportive,



Intense, Overwhelming,

Fearful, Down,


Calmer, Empowering,

Confident, At Ease,



Hurtful, Avoiding,



Beneficial, Resilient,



anxiety and Buteyko breathing

Buteykohead and Neuroplasticity:

As you learn new ways to manage your breathing, quieten your mind and balance how you view yourself and others, you will build neuroplasticity. Your reactions to life’s challenges will become calmer automatically. You will cope better and live freer.

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What do our students say about our Buteyko training?

Studies Showing the Association Between Hyperventilation and Stress Disorders

Indiana University School Of Medicine, St Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, United States

Panic initiates hyperventilation, and symptoms from the latter then trigger more panic”

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Heli Ristiniemi, RPT (Researcher), Aleksander Perski, PhD (Associate Professor),2 Eugene Lyskov, PhD, MD (Associate Professor), Margareta Emtner, PhD (Professor)

The severity of their hyperventilation syndrome was highly correlated with levels of exhaustion, depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances and quality of life.”

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Int J Psychophysiol

Rapid respiration rates, frequent sighing, and predominately thoracic rather than abdominal breathing. Additionally, these patients were often described as feeling anxious and depressed”

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Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry

“By chronically hyperventilating, panic patients may likewise be at risk of exposure to prolonged periods of cerebral hypoxia which, in turn, may contribute to the chronicity of their panic and anxiety symptoms”

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The experience and expression of anger and anxiety in bronchial asthma patients

Anuario de Psicología Facultat de Psicologia Universitat de Barcelona

The fear experienced during a panic attack may be directly responsible for dyspnea-induced hyperventilation, with cognitive factors playing an important role in the origin of dyspnea”

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Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

Slow breathing…increased comfort, relaxation, pleasantness, vigor and alertness, and reduced symptoms of arousal, anxiety, depression, anger, and confusion”

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Studies Showing the Effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Initiatives

Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience

“Based on thirteen studies, the authors concluded that using a CBT approach, was more effective than treatment as usual for anxiety disorders”

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Oxford Academic Family Practice, Volume 32, Issue 1, February 2015, Pages 3–15,

“CBT is effective for anxiety and depression symptoms in primary care”

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Behaviour Research and Therapy, Volume 51, Issue 2, February 2013, Pages 82-86

“Posttreatment success was significantly maintained at one-year follow-up”

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BMJ Journals Evidence Based Mental Health Volume 1, Issue 4

“the average patient who received CBT fared better than 76% of patients who did not receive CBT

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British Journal of clinical Psychology

”MABIs are associated with robust and substantial reductions in symptoms of anxiety and comorbid depressive symptoms”

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Clinical Psychology Review

“testing the effects of Mindful based initiatives (MBIs) on mental health outcomes. It found strong, consistent evidence for cognitive and emotional reactivity”

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