The Art of Breath: Brian Mackenzie
“Breathing is the physiological intercept to our mental state. So, if things are going haywire, I can turn back to my breathing and control the physiological reactions that are happening in my mind. If I can take a step back and do that, I'm actually fixing the entire system.” – Brian Mackenzie
How can you enhance your health through nostril breathing versus breathing through the mouth?
Is technology a crutch to how you eat, move, and sleep?
On Wellness Force Radio episode 203, the mind behind The Art of the Breath Clinics, Co-Founder of Power Speed Endurance, and Co-Author of Unplugged, Brian Mackenzie, shares why breathing is a by-product of what's going on in the brain, how to be more mindful of technology use, and how you can change your state of mind at any moment of your choice.
Discover the process of rewiring the subconscious mind through conscious training, breathwork, and heightened awareness.
The Art of Breath
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In less than a day you can learn the exact tools to perform better, manage stress & improve health.
Imagine being able to mix it with the big dogs in a workout and not get gassed. Imagine being able to reduce your stress in less than 10 minutes in the comfort of your own home or at your work desk.
Imagine being able to maximize your Oxygen usage to become a fatigue resistant machine.
You can do all this. But you need the tools. That is where the Art of Breath comes in.
At an Art of Breath clinic, you will learn:
- Why you should breathe through your nose during your training so you can go harder and faster for longer.
- What the diaphragm is and what it does because it may be the most important muscle you’re not using.
- How to increase your tolerance to carbon dioxide because it is the key to accessing your fuel stores.
- How to mobilize your upper back so you can use your lungs to their fullest.
- How your breath is the key to your mental state so that you can manage the stress of everyday life.
- How to use breath work into training sessions so that you, or your clients, can enjoy the power of the breath.
What Is The Art Of Breath Clinic?
Listen To Episode 203 As Brian Mackenzie Uncovers:
- What he is currently working on with breathwork and the mind.
- How to be more mindful of technology use.
- The concept that everything is everything and it all can be integrable to the point where anything from breathing to posture affects who you are.
- How you can change our state of mind at any moment you choose.
- Why we're almost using technology as a crutch for our natural sensory units.
- How to use non-meditative methods to enhance your state of mind.
- The process of rewiring the subconscious mind through conscious training and heightened awareness.
- How you can alter your mind in the present moment in order to re-focus on the task at hand.
- A common thread between improper breathing and poor performance.
- Why technology cannot ultimately replace our internal awareness.
- His thoughts on mouth taping and whether it's beneficial or not.
- How he has trained himself to no longer breathe through the mouth as he sleeps.
- Cueing nostril breath practices vs. breathing through the mouth and when one is more appropriate than the other for high performance
- What you can gain and learn from training yourself to only breathe through the nostrils.
- The fact that the yoga world has been focusing on breathing solely through the nostrils for ages.
Power Quotes From The Show
“By design, we want comfort and we want life to be easy. Just look at the world we live in today. It's so easy today to get food or whatever we want at any given moment but go back a hundred years and it wasn't possible. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with it but we get so focused on what is making things easy and comfortable that we forget that the only reason we make change is because of discomfort. Getting caught in that, we get afraid of stepping outside our comfort complex of technology.” – Brian Mackenzie
“I daily catch myself spending too much time on my phone but I know what I need to do as a result of that. So, if I've been on my phone for too long, I know I need to take a visual break because my visual system actually works with my physiology and my entire body reacts. In those situations, I do a breathing pattern, look 20 feet away from me in the distance, listen to music, or go outside to easily change what I'm doing for a few minutes to instantly improve how I feel.” – Brian Mackenzie
“Meditation is a practice that you put into play that becomes a part of what you're doing, but I can breathe, look at my visual system, or focus in on some sounds. I can do a lot of things in the moment and this is what we're really trying to teach. We want to be able to make these changes in the moment so that I can focus on what I need to or be open to what I need to do.” – Brian Mackenzie
“Technology is only being used to get us back to what it is that we're capable of actually doing ourselves. Technology is going to help and allow us to do a lot more, but how far are we removing ourselves from these basic physiological responses? Technologically is going to allow us to get back to that place.” – Brian Mackenzie
“Everybody has a response to fear. Even Navy SEALS have the exact same response that you and I have and these are the supposed to be the people who aren't afraid of anything, but that's not true; we're all the same and we all have the same reaction. The difference between them and us is how fast they can come back to their baseline. Most of us have a great jolt of fear and then it takes awhile to come back down or we need to be in a state of anxiety or sympathy for a longer period of time. That's where our breathing is playing the biggest role.” – Brian Mackenzie
Brian Mackenzie: Power, Speed, Endurance, and the Art of Breath
Links From Today's Show
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- Power Speed Endurance
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About Brian Mackenzie
Brian Mackenzie is an expert in the development and application of custom protocols to optimize human health and performance. His work harnesses and integrates respiratory, movement, strength, conditioning, endurance, and temperature based training approaches to elicit unprecedented positive results.
His protocols have been used to accelerate and raise both mental and physical performance in world-class Olympic and professional athletes, top executives, and elite military operators, as well as to improve the health for people suffering from various chronic illnesses. Everyday people have also used Brian’s tools to reduce pathologic stress and to vastly heighten their mental and physical well being and performance.
Brian is himself a highly accomplished athlete. He completed the Ironman (Canada, 2004), completed both the The Western States 100 mile and The Angeles Crest 100 mile runs using adapted training protocols he developed to prevent injury and fatigue. Also prolific writer, Brian co-authored the book Power Speed Endurance, The New York Times Best Seller UnBreakable Runner, and UnPlugged, which assesses the integration of emergent technology and human performance. His programs have been featured in Outside Magazine, Men’s Health, Runners World, Triathlete Magazine, Men’s Journal, ESPN Rise, as well as periodicals such as The Economist. Brian and his protocols have been featured in 3 of Timothy Ferriss’ New York Times bestselling books including: “The 4-Hour Body” and “Tools of Titans”.
Brian MacKenzie’s programs have been taught at hundreds of seminars worldwide and are used by thousands of athletes ranging from beginners to elites via his “Power Speed Endurance” platform and by private consultation.
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