Learn The Buteyko Breathing Method in a one on one Online session

Pure Buteyko


When we started out in 2002 breath-work was almost exclusively the domain of athletics and eastern disciplines. Then as an ever-increasing amount of studies came in showing the correlation between hyperventilation and common ailments and the benefits of slow diaphragmatic nasal breathing the medical community started to recommend breathing programmes more often.

Today optimal breathing is considered fundamental to well being. The reason is obvious: The way we breathe affects every cell in our body. Whether you suffer from asthma (1), rhino-sinusitis (2), poor sleep (3), anxiety (4), reduced heart rate variability (5) or stress (6), you should really take a closer look at you breathing.

Learning Buteyko is not about practising breathing exercises and then going back to poor habits. It is a method that teaches you how to change your breathing full time so that your breathing is continuously: nasal, slow and diaphragmatic. In short, we will train you to breathe optimally. Find out why our students say: “everyone should try this.”

 We are running one on one online sessions with practitioners, who since 2002 have been teaching, writing about and training other teachers in the Buteyko breathing method. If you would like to book a session with us, or find out more, read on.

How our online courses work:

Answer a questionnaire and enrol

Choose a date and time that suits you

Learn one to one with our practitioner

The benefits of learning with us:

  • Buteyko taught by expert practitioners

  • One to one learning that is tailored to suit your needs

  • Learn at times that are convenient for you

  • Learn at your own pace

  • Easy scheduling and rescheduling of sessions

  • Class notes on completion

  • Affordable 

Course Content

During our lesson we will give you an overview of the Buteyko method procedure and provide you with one on one guidance in finding your Control Pause and the following Buteyko breathing exercises:

  • Nasal Stress Exercise 1- familiarisation to nasal breathing

  • Many Small Breath Holds – create air hunger and pause training

  • Breathe Light Exercise – normalise breathing volume

  • Nasal Stress Exercise 2 – nose unblocking and inhalation control

  • Cadence Breathing – slow reduced breathing with prolonged exhalations

  • Steps Exercise – moderate to strong air hunger exercise

  • Hands Cupping Face – distress relief exercise

Exercise Objectives

Our exercises re-educate your breath in order to:

•Bring a greater awareness and agency towards your breath
•Lessen any fear response that is associated with your breathing
•To become habituated to full-time nasal diaphragmatic optimal breathing
•To monitor and prevent upper chest mouth breathing
•To decrease the sensitivity you have towards carbon dioxide and thus be able to normalise your    breathing volume and respiratory rate (resetting your breathing centre)
•To become accustomed to controlling your inhalations and exhalations under stress

In short these exercises allow your breath to always have the following characteristics:

  1. Nasal
  2. Diaphragmatic
  3. With an optimal respiratory rate and volume
  4. With a natural pause after each exhalation

Our Advice

Stick with It: 

Most of the exercises can be practised while you are doing other things, however like anything that is new it may be a little hard for you at the start. Our advice is to get past the first couple of weeks.

The Benefits After Just Two weeks:

For those with asthma: you will have less wheezing and coughing and quieter breathing. Allergy sufferers, you will have less congestion, less fatigue and you will begin to notice how your consumption of tissue has gone down!
If you have anxiety or stress while your triggers may not go away they will be more easily managed. This is because the fight or flight symptoms that are generated by your triggers are lessened. In simpler terms: the levels at which you feel anxiety, irritability or sadness will be much less extreme. Your sleep will also improve: you will sleep deeper,  wake up less and be more alert throughout your day.

Two weeks is also usually when the exercises become easier to do. Measure your Control Pause before every exercise session for extra motivation and commit to the two-week challenge.

Pure Buteyko Online Learning FAQ

This course is for any suitable candidates wishing to learn the Buteyko breathing method. Whether you want to learn Buteyko as a way of managing your asthma, rhinitis, anxiety, poor sleep or stress. Your session will be tailored to your needs.

Persons having the following conditions, unfortunately,  are not suitable candidates for learning the Buteyko method: Sickle cell anaemia; arterial aneurysm; very high uncontrolled blood pressure; any heart problems in the past three months; uncontrolled hyperthyroidism; a known brain tumour or kidney disease. Buteyko breathing exercises should also not be taken up during pregnancy. The best option is for mothers to learn the method and have a high Control Pause prior to becoming pregnant.

Persons suffering from diabetes: a reversal of hyperventilation will reduce blood sugar levels which may, in turn, lead to a diabetic coma, exercises must be performed only under the direct supervision of a healthcare professional such as an endocrinologist or diabetes nurse. Supervision when performing Buteyko exercises is also required for sufferers of severe asthma, emphysema, epilepsy, and schizophrenia.

You will learn techniques and guidelines that will allow you to retrain your breathing.

All Buteykohead online sessions are taught by Ciaran Mckeown.

The Buteyko breathing method is a series of exercises that retrains your breathing so that your breathing is continually: Effortless, slow and gentle, that it is nasal, driven by your diaphragm with your mouth closed and with a correct tongue posture. And finally that there is a natural pause after each exhalation.

Nasal diaphragmatic breathing influences the parasympathetic nervous system, the rest and digestion state. It is shown to reduce the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body. It is also proven to lower heart rates and blood pressure. For anxiety sufferers, the greatest benefit is that it prevents the onset of hyperventilation and fight or flight symptoms.

Each session is ninety minutes long. 

For most students, it takes just one session to learn all of the techniques involved. After your session is completed we will provide you with refresher notes. You may if you wish, book a follow-up session later on.

Each 90-minute online session costs $150 USD. There are no other fees.


You can book a session with us at any available time slot. All time slots are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Yes, you may change your session time here, however, please let us know at least 1 day in advance.

A mobile phone, tablet or computer with Skype or Zoom installed. We will ask you for your Skype Name during your booking. Then we will reach out to you using that Skype Name when it is time for your appointment. If you are using Zoom we will Whats App and e-mail you an invitation ten minutes before your session. You will also need a notebook and a pen. When your session is completed we will email you notes from your session.

We will email and Whats App you an invitation to join the online session ten minutes before it begins. We will also send you an SMS reminder and email the day before your session is due to start.

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1. New Zealand Medical Journal: Buteyko Breathing Technique for asthma, an effective intervention


2.University of Limerick: Role of Buteyko breathing technique in asthmatics with nasal symptoms


3. Breathing retraining in sleep apnoea: a review of approaches and potential mechanisms


4. How Breath-Control Can Change Your Life: A Systematic Review on Psycho-Physiological Correlates of Slow Breathing


5. Frontiers in Public Health: The Impact of Resonance Frequency Breathing on Measures of Heart Rate Variability, Blood Pressure, and Mood


6. Frontiers in psychology: The Effect of Diaphragmatic Breathing on Attention, Negative Affect and Stress in Healthy Adults