Sharon Kleyne & Expert Colleagues Teach Breathing Exercises

Daily Breathing Exercises Improve Health Says Kleyne. Kleyne Says Most People Don’t Know How To Breathe To Stay Healthy.

What does it mean to you to breathe correctly? Is there any such thing? Not many people really think about these questions. They breathe more or less unconsciously because that’s the way they have always done it. After all, breathing is natural, right? Well, yes and no. Breathing is natural, yes, but it is also a great gift from nature. Earth’s atmosphere is rich with life-giving moisture, which we need to breathe in if we want to live and have a healthy life. But all breathing is not equal.

This is what Sharon Kleyne, founder of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®, wants everyone around the world to understand. As she teaches proper breathing techniques, Kleyne draws for support on the beneficial practices of Tai Chi and Qigong Grandmasters Steven Aung, M.D. and Dr. Effie Chow, Ph.D., RN, LAc(CA), DiplAc(NCCAOM). According to each of these experts, breathing correctly, in concert with these 7,000 year old traditions, can improve health, increase energy and prolong life. Each agrees that correct breathing is one of the most important things one can do to improve and sustain peak health.

Kleyne, also the host of the nationally syndicated radio program, The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health on VoiceAmerica sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, explains that to breathe correctly, one must inhale slowly through the nose, pause for a few seconds, and exhale slowly through the mouth. This deliberate practice teaches that breathing is primarily a balancing exercise. Like the ocean surf, inhaling draws life energy in; pausing before exhaling allows your body to absorb the moisture in the oxygen; exhaling expels waste and prepares for the next breath. You should practice inhaling from the diaphragm (at the bottom of the ribs) rather than from the chest or shoulders. A good cleansing breath, according to Dr. Chow, should take about 20 seconds: 10 seconds to inhale and 10 seconds to exhale. For most people, a breath lasts only three to five seconds. Aung recommends a minimum of 20 minutes per day of deep breathing exercises.

Breathing is the body’s primary life source and the interface with the surrounding atmosphere, Aung, Chow and Kleyne agree. Water vapor is the conduit between the two. As a result, breathing and water vapor are the two most basic necessities to sustain life on Earth. Lungs could not absorb oxygen without water vapor, Kleyne notes. Eyes and skin also “breathe” by absorbing water vapor and oxygen directly from the atmosphere. Lungs, like the skin surface, urinary tract and bowels, also flush toxins and waste.

Every human activity is performed with more control and energy, less stress, and greater harmony and centeredness when correct breathing technique is applied. The greater one’s skill and mastery over their breathing, the healthier and more successful they will be. The difference can be felt from the very first correct breath. Chow adds. Tai Chi – one of thousands of forms of Qigong – is a martial arts discipline as well as a holistic body and health discipline. Its exercises improve the ability to execute certain controlled martial arts movements. Correct breathing, according to Aung, Kleyne and Chow, is slow and deep and done with the entire body, especially the diaphragm. Infants are born with the ability to breathe correctly, but this skill diminishes as the child matures.

Kleyne, Chow and Aung also agree on the benefits of drinking pure water every day. The body does not expend nearly as much energy flushing and eliminating water as it does, for example, on flushing energy or caffeine drinks. Energy-draining drinks and foods are easily identified, Kleyne notes. They are foods we know are bad for us, either because they are hard to digest or because of high sugar, fat, cholesterol, caffeine or alcohol content.

Kleyne recommends eight-to-twelve full glasses of pure water per day, in addition to all other fluid intake. Tea, non-sugared juices and water with vitamins or slight flavoring added are acceptable choices to supplement one’s daily water. Caffeine, sugar, alcohol and carbonation are dehydrating and cause the body to lose water.

The objectives of Tai Chi and Qigong, everyone agrees, are balance, control and harmony of the body, mind and spirit. Chow observed that Western medicine can perform miracles for a broken body but that traditional ancestral healing is just as important. Each individual must take responsibility for their own health before symptoms develop. Breathing properly is a huge step in the direction of a long and healthy life.


Do you perform deep breathing exercises at any time during your day? Were you aware of the health benefits of deep breathing? Have you ever tried Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® or known someone who has done so? What’s the verdict? If you have a comment about this story or have stories you’d like to share, why not get involved? We’d like very much to hear from you! You can reach us in the following ways. 800-367-6478 ~ Fax 541-474-2123 or on Twitter at @sharonkleynehr


Irish Expert Teaches Breathing Through The Nose

Patrick McKeown Leads Breathing Revolution from Galway, Ireland. Irish Tedtalker Says Breathing through Your Nose Improves Health.

Guest: Patrick McKeown (in Galway, Ireland)

When Patrick McKeown of Galway, Ireland was just a lad of five or six, he was diagnosed with asthma. While other boys ran across the fields and played soccer, McKeown retired to a lonely bench in the shade where he tried to rest his wheezing lungs. All through his school and academic career, McKeown suffered acutely. His asthma made him feel tired all the time. Sometimes he would even fall asleep at his desk. School work was hard because concentration was so difficult.

This came as no surprise to Sharon Kleyne, host of the nationally syndicated The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health on Voice America, who teaches around the globe that we breathe in water vapor with every breath we take and that without that oxygenated water vapor, we cannot live. “There is no eternity without water,” Kleyne is fond of saying, adding that good health also depends on moderate exercise, a good diet, plenty of sleep and drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water a day.

As McKeown entered university, he became more and more interested in exploring and studying different breathing styles while constantly feeling himself that he could not get enough air. This all changed when he discovered the work of Dr. Constantine Buteyko, who emphasized breathing through the nose rather than the mouth to reduce water vapor evaporation (and increase natural hydration), increase sterilizing nitrous oxide in the nasal cavity, relieve dry mouth symptoms and produce restful sleep and increased energy when awake. Studies have shown that breathing through the nose helps people with obstructive sleep apnea and children with ADD, among others. “My mission,” says McKeown, “is to empower people to take control of their own health, well-being and fitness using simple breathing exercises proven to improve body oxygenation.”

In carrying out this mission, McKoewn has authored 8 books, two of which have consistently ranked in the Top 10 at Close Your Mouth and Asthma Free Naturally. Kleyne recommends these and McKeown’s latest book, The Oxygen Advantage, which is already in its third printing. The book is based on 4 years of scientific research and tailors breathing exercises for anyone seeking to improve their fitness and sports performance. It should surprise no one that McKeown trains NFL, GAA and Soccer players in The Oxygen Advantage® Program.

McKeown and water advocate Kleyne, founder of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®, urge people to practice yoga and to concentrate during practice on breathing that is subtle and light. Both agree that breathing through the nose is more beneficial to everyone because it slows down dehydration. When you breathe through your mouth, you quite literally dry out; you evaporate faster. Your water body vapor dries out more quickly. But when you breathe through your nose, which is built to retain water, you and your body are happier, healthier and more resistant to disease. When Kleyne asked if there was any example to show this clearly, McKeown suggested holding up a clear water glass and breathing on it from your mouth; next, breathe on a second clear glass through your nose. You’ll see significantly more moisture on the glass on which you breathed through your mouth.

McKeown can be seen on several Youtube videos, including this Tedtalk appearance in which he demonstrates various breathing techniques


Sharon Kleyne invites you to share your stories of the breath with us. How do you breathe and how does it affect your health? Let’s start the conversation!