Based on the situation, circumstances and needs, many different breathing techniques expand one's ability to perform, reduce stress, combat dehydration, increase nutrient absorption, and help people have greater focus and a better immune response.
The key is identifying ones needs, limits and influences. Breathing, coupled with other game-changing practices, empowers and restores you to much deeper levels. Even the most advanced breathing programs have limited efficacy, because they are not individualized or integrated with other practices.
Breathing through your nose, rather than your mouth, filters the air your breathe to limit exposure to airborne toxins and improves your water retention and hydration. We advocate for breathing through your nose, even during vigorous aerobic training.
Varying your cadence of the inhale and exhale and holding your breath at a point along the breath cycle enhances the body's adaptive capacity. Whether you need to calm down or get fired up, controlling your breathing allows you to manage the stress response more effectively.
Forcibly breathing in and out for a few breaths helps your body adapt more quickly to changes in external temperature or prepare better for physical exertion. Pump breathing is a form of adaptive breathing to deal with stressful situations, such as getting the "wind knocked out of you" or exhaustion.