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How to Breathe on a Staircase

Sasha Yakovleva - December 17, 2018 11:03 AM

Many people feel out of air while walking upstairs. Some people start coughing, wheezing or they experience tightness in their chest or throat. Unfortunately, almost everyone breathes through his or her mouth.

Some people have to walk upstairs many times during each day. If they don’t breathe correctly, this can significantly worsen their breathing and health. On the other hand, if they know how to control their respiration, they can turn a staircase into a Buteyko-case – an ultimate tool for breathing and health improvement. Here are my recommendations on how to achieve this:

1.     Breathe exclusively through your nose while walking up or downstairs. If you cannot, then stop, rest a bit, and continue walking maintaining nasal breathing.

2.     Make sure your breathing is quiet. If it is not, then stop, relax, wait until it becomes not audible, and then continue.

3.     If you can breathe quietly through your nose while walking upstairs, you might want to consider adding some breathing exercises such as humming or short breath holds. If you are not sure how to do this, please register for an online session with a Breathing Normalization Specialist.

If you follow these simple rules, every time you walk on a staircase, your breathing will be improving. It should become stronger and soon allow you to move fast without experiencing any discomfort.

This blog was originally posted on the Breathing Center website -


Sasha Yakovleva is an expert on the Buteyko Breathing Normalization Method and Russian Healing Arts, an Advanced Breathing Normalization Specialist and co-founder of Her work has been featured in The New York Times and many other publications, TV and radio programs. 


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