etaining vital body gases is the goal in Step 2 of the Essential Breath™ program by conditioning the medulla oblongata, the breathing center of the brain, to tolerate higher levels of these gases, especially carbon dioxide. Step 3 of the Essential Breath™ program ensures the higher levels of these gases stay in the body all the time.
As we saw in Step 2 of the Essential Breath™ program, vital body gas levels are controlled by the medulla, which adjusts our breathing to raise or lower body gas levels. To get rid of more of these gases, the medulla increases the volume and frequency of our breathing. To retain more of these gases, the medulla decreases breathing volume and frequency.
Getting The Medulla to Breathe Less Air
During Step 3 of the Essential Breath™ program, a specialized breathing technique is used to reduce the volume of air we breathe. The technique has us slightly reducing the amount of air we breathe for 10-15 minutes at a time. With continued use of this technique over four to eight weeks, the medulla takes the hint and gradually reduces the volume of air breathed.
Step 3 of the Essential Breath™ program focus on keeping breathing volumes balanced between getting enough oxygen in while not blowing off vital body gases. By changing your breathing, reducing the volume of air inhaled in short increments, the medulla is reprogrammed to think reduced breathing is normal. Once again, how you breathe really matters.