Better Breathing Techniques with Richie The Breath Guy

Richie Bostock

Richie Bostock, or “The Breath Guy”, is a leading figure and evangelist for breathwork, the next revolution in health and wellness. He is a breathwork coach, author and speaker. His mission to spread the life-changing possibilities of breathwork to the world. Having worn many hats, from a corporate management consultant to digital entrepreneur,  Richie eventually discovered breathwork which was a catalyst for a life-changing journey that completely shifted his own perspective and beliefs on the potential for human beings. 

Richie spent years traveling across five continents learning from many of the modern-day masters of breathwork.

He continuously witnessed the transformative effects of when people became aware of their breathing and started to use it as a tool to create physical mental and emotional benefits. This free medicine is available to everyone and it’s Richie’s mission to remind the world how to breathe with purpose – we are so excited to catch up with Richie and get to know the man behind the breathwork phenomenon.

As the cover feature for our June magazine issue, we asked Richie to share one of his favourite Breathwork techniques with us.

Re-learn how to breathe

By simply learning how to use your breath as a tool the way nature intended you to, you can quickly affect the systems and functions in your body, improving your physical and mental health and performance and emotional wellbeing. You might be a sleep-deprived parent, a stressed business executive, an elite athlete or anyone in between.

The way you breathe affects just about every system and function in your body. This means that the way we breathe has a direct effect on our cardiovascular system, endocrine system, digestive system, nervous system, immune system and lymphatic system.

If your breathing changes, whether consciously or unconsciously, then all these systems will change accordingly. It is the state of these systems that largely dictate our physical, mental and emotional health and well-being.

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How to breathe with purpose with the Breath Guy

A simple place to begin, start getting comfortable in breathing more slowly.

While many people habitually breathe at a faster than natural rate, consciously slowing down your breathing for a few minutes has been scientifically shown to shift your body into your parasympathetic (also known as ‘rest and digest’) response, promoting functions such as digestion, helping you sleep better and to feel more calm.

You can try this yourself with a technique called ‘coherence breathing’ Research on this technique has shown how breathing at a rate of 5 breaths per minute can help you to balance your nervous system in just a matter of minutes.

  • Inhale through your nose for six seconds.
  • Exhale through your nose for six seconds.
  • Repeat this cycle for at least 3 minutes, but there really is no limit as to how long you can go.
  • If six seconds feels like a struggle, reduce it to five or four seconds and get comfortable breathing at that rate first. You can then gradually build it up to six seconds.

Are you looking for more inspiration on how to breathe with purpose? Don’t forget to check our June magazine issue, as well as Richie’s upcoming book Exhale.

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