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Soma Breath® instructors help you increase your cardiovascular health and heart rate variability. Your Breath Hold Time (BHT) is an indicator of overall health and Co2 tolerance.

Lower Co2 tolerance = less oxygen to tissues. If you want to increase your knowledge of daily exercises and practices that can increase your BHT, heart rate variability, and Co2 tolerance, I can help.

Private coaching is available! Text, call, or email me for details.

What we work on:

  • Aerobic vs. anaerobic exercise

  • Proper yoga breathing (building muscle)

  • Breathing practice for increasing HRV

  • Breathing practice for increasing BHT and Co2 tolerance

  • Slowing breath through the day 

  • Importance of nasal breathing

  • Nasal cycles

  • Daily practices to build endurance, vitality, clarity, strength, BHT, Co2 tolerance, HRV and enhance immune system.

How to check your BHT:


Within 20 minutes after waking up, sit upright and exhale all the air out of your lungs and plug your nose with your fingers. See how long you can hold your breath. BHT's are affected by quality of sleep, diet and exercize. And daily Chest vs. Diaphragmatic breathing. 


  • Unhealthy breathing patterns: 15-20 breaths per minute and less than 20 seconds BHT.

  • Normal breathing patterns: 10-12 breaths per minute and 30-40seconds BHT.

  • Super healthy patterns: 60-80 seconds BHT.

Soma Breath Group Sessions:

If you join me for group sessions, here is some pretty awesome science for you to geek out on!

Several minutes of rhythmical breathing creates coherence in the physiology. Coherence creates positive emotions: appreciation, love, and compassion. Incoherence is created by feelings of frustration, anxiety, worry, and irritation. Rhythmical breathing balances the central nervous system, creating coherence between the heart and brain and improving our emotional state.

Several minutes of rhythmical breathing releases more Co2 than normal, allowing us to increase our BHT. 

Several minutes of rhythmical breathing is followed by breath holds (Kumbhaka in Sanskrit). 

During breath holds, we enter a deep meditative state. Gamma waves increase inducing an altered state of consciousness. Gamma waves are seen in veteran meditators- monks. 

Our oxygen levels drop and Co2 levels rise. At 90 seconds, we enter a state of hypoxia. And if you can train your Co2 tolerance, you can hold your breath 2-3 minutes longer! Gaining the benefits of intermittent hypoxia.

Athletes train in high altitudes because of the low oxygen environment. This has shown to improve overall fitness and stamina. The world's animals teach us that animals who live in low oxygen environments live longer! For example, the naked mole rat can hold its breath 18 minutes in hypoxic conditions underground and does not get cancer. They can live 30+ years disease free. The Bowhead whale lives 200 years free of disease and can hold its breath up to 2 hours. Oxidative stress happens when we breath shallow and through our mouths and rapidly throughout the day. We need a balance of oxygen and Co2.  The best way to breath is through the nose and slowly throughout the day.

Dr. Prakash Malshe wrote in "Medical Understanding of Yoga"


Benefits of Intermittent Hypoxia:

  • Trains for oxygen efficiency (signaling oxygen to fall of red blood cells and oxygenate the tissues more efficiently)

  • Relieves chronic tension

  • Improves cadiovascular health and circulation

  • Improves fitness, stamina, and endurance

  • Reduces inflammation

  • Dramatically boosts Nitric Oxide (NO)

  • Increases red blood cells

  • Improves circulation to the brain and heart

  • Stimulates neurogenesis

  • Induces p53 "guardian of the genome" (prevents tumor growth)

  • Awakens stem cells (stem cells love hypoxic environments)

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