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Answer 1-1.
Is he already breathing with his belly?     [ Back ]
D.A. Schat, 2-21-04

Answer 1-2.
Bones are slave to soft tissue. Have soft tissue release through therapies such as Cranio-sacral, this will also help the lungs themselves.     [ Back ]
Johnson, 2-26-04

Answer 1-3.
A few things came to mind when I applied image-streaming to the issue of the 17-year-old boy with breathing problems. For what it is worth...
  • Stretching exercise to lift and expand the rib cage — such as assisted arching (backwards) over a barrel-shaped device.
  • Diaphragmatic breathing to allow the lung to expand downward as well as outward.
  • I saw an image of a solution/substance being applied to the rib cage cartilage to soften it and make it very pliable — coupled with deep breathing to (over time) expand the rib cage.     [ Back ]
Brian Bijdeveldt, Melbourne. Australia, 3-9-04

Answer 1-4.
In regards to the 17-year-old with difficult breathing. My first question would be, does he suffer from a congenital abnormality of the rib cage which is causing the total respiratory volume to be decreased, and by how much? Has the total respiratory volume available been compromised with the concave rib cage, and if so, by how much (has a physician specializing in lung disorders quantitated this)?

In any case, yoga and breathing can assist him by teaching him

  1. relaxation techniques, and
  2. different breathing techniques to bring consciousness to his breathing pattern.
In terms of stress, it is a well-known fact in studies with pain therapy that 1/3 is fear of the future (apprehension), 1/3 is based upon fear from the past (unpleasant memories which we can make even more dramatic in our minds), and 1/3 is the actual discomfort. If the young man can separate out and learn to observe how his mind works, then he will get a handle on what "is" in the present moment, and eliminate the 2/3 based upon fears.

It is a well-known fact that we only use about 70% of our respiratory volume at the most and the rest is dead space. Many use far less than that, and trained yogis are capable of doing far more. In general the teenage years are ones filled with stress and tension... with training he might be able to overcome his breathing difficulty significantly so as not to have surgery. If he does need surgery, then yoga/relaxation and breathing techniques can help him accept what needs to be done with grace.     [ Back ]

Carol Shireena Sakai, Ph.D., Medical Physiology, certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, Yoga for the Special Child, 3-9-04

Answer 1-5.
The gentleman should take a series of 1- and 2-week vacations at increasingly higher altitudes over the next several years. Acclimatizing to higher altitudes should fill out his rib cage. Add to that some of the above suggestions, and Project Renaissance's held-breath underwater swimming, and he should experience much improvement.     [ Back ]
Win Wenger, 3-15-04

Answer 1-6.
The following answer came to me by a combined use of Image-Streaming (Win Wenger), Mind-Mapping (Tony Buzan) and Provocation (Edward De Bono).

No need to stress that this is a very serious health problem. Health problems are commonly associated with doctors. Who told the young man that surgery is the only solution? Did this idea pop into his head just like that or was it suggested by a doctor? It is first of all very important to assure the young man that for his problem there are an infinity of solutions, more than he could at first imagine. Once he is brought to believe that, his physical and mental attitude will alter for the better, including his breathing problem, for he will breathe easily (I mean without anxiety of a death threat) and naturally diminish the frequency of his breathing. Some relaxation techniques like Velvety-Smooth Breathing or a carefully supervised Underwater Swimming will do it!

Anyway, the central issues here is to cut through his 'normal' breathing rate of 31/minute to a normal breathing between 20-25/minute (I guess) and to teach him to LOVE his concave rib cage and to learn living with it and not without it! He needs therefore constantly to caress his concave rib cage with literally a loving attitude. It is essential to tell the boy that in order to live longer he needs to breathe longer, deeper and slower, and not shorter and faster. Telling him that he needs at least 31/minute to live is like telling a heart patient that his heart needs to beat 95/minute. This is dangerous and certainly unhealthy! A genius heartrate should have a maximum of 60/minute and likewise a genius breathing level should be beneath the 31/minute (otherwise the young man wouldn't have any problem had this breathing level of 31/minute been a genius level).

I trust the boy will give my suggestions a try!     [ Back ]

Mastaky Salim, Belgium, 3-19-04

Answer 1-7.

  1. Hold his breath underwater.
  2. Blow through a straw in a glass of water followed by oxygen breathing.     [ Back ]
Juan Carlos Calderón, Canada, 5-2-04
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