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Testimonials


According to Andrew Weil, M.D., Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Arizona in Tucson, "The simplest and most important technique for protecting your health is breathing. I have seen breath control alone achieve remarkable results: lowering blood pressure, ending heart arrhythmias, improving long-standing patterns of poor digestion, increasing blood circulation throughout the body, decreasing anxiety and allowing people to get off addictive anti-anxiety drugs and improving sleep and energy cycles."   Begin here


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"Like many people, I thought breathing was just something we did naturally....until I took some voice lessons, and learned a little about breathing correctly. Your 176 DVD is teaching me even more." Ann Hurt


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A recent private session client arrived with high anxiety, high blood pressure (medicated), poor sleep, low energy and sub-par blood oxygen. 3 days later his blood pressure had normalized (un-medicated), sleep was great, anxiety way down to "relaxed", and resting blood oxygen up 4 points. Private sessions

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Mike:
I do not know if you remember me as it has been a while since I have emailed you. I have been using your video for many years and have gained tremendously for doing so.
I am 60 yrs. old and have been on oxygen for 8 yrs. 24/7. My lungs according to my doctor have remained stable, thanks to you. Patricia D. age 60   176 DVD


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Dear Mike: I received your package this past week and I started with "Begin Here", and have worked my way through all the material at least once. I am learning the 176 DVD , and have only tried the straw, squeeze and breathe, and belly/chest breathing before going to sleep. I need some help with the strapping, and I will continue to practice from the DVD. I just wanted to share with you some big changes in the week I have started with your program. My heart no longer pounds when at rest. I stopped using Ativan to sleep, I no longer feel helpless and full of anxiety because I just squeeze and breathe and I am okay again. My cloudiness/brain fog has lifted, and I know many other good things will follow. Gratefully, Sandi S


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Naturopath
"Even though I have been practicing in the healthcare field for over 28 years, I was stunned by the data Michael Grant White presented in his Optimal Breathing Manual and DVD. His work is so well researched and presented that it should be a 'must-read' for anyone who breathes. Bonnie Weston ND Strongsville, Ohio   176 DVD


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"Non Reversible Airway Disease"
I am a 69 year old MD Ear Nose Throat specialist who developed adult onset asthma and "non reversible airway disease". I could not get any real help except inhalers. I came across breathing.com from Stephen Sinatra's Newsletter. I ordered 176 and have had tremendous improvement. I do not get winded doing simple tasks. My wife and I do Tai Chi at 5 AM everyday. I also agree with Mike regarding the raw food diet and drinking a lot of water. I believe that chronic dehydration is another key to aging and in my case lung disease. I plan to take the breathing school this year and become involved in helping people help themselves. That proper breathing is the first step in wellness seems so logical but is most frequently overlooked. Keep up the good work Mike
Randall Langston MD More about the Optimal Breathing School   Private sessions


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Pain
Dear Mike: Optimal Breathing has allowed me after 12 years of chronic awful pain to face the other levels. I don't believe I could have done that without your guidance and knowledge. Usually the lock up after any type of activity would make me fear more movement. I hope you know how grateful I am. Lynne Goss  Private sessions


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Asthma

Learning to breathe under the guidance of Mike White has not only saved my life but profoundly altered its quality.
In the first training session, Mike address my restricted breathing, which was steadily becoming worse, despite the inhalers I was using three and four times a day. He taught me the Leg Lift and shhhh breath, a deceptively simple and powerfully effective breath which stopped within days my chronic coughing, and began to clear and relieve lungs and bronchial tubes desperate for air.
He also used carefully controlled hand pressure and other techniques to "wring out and soften hard and atrophies lung tissue. This "re-birthing" of my lungs has affected my entire being. The relief from asthma turned out to be only an introduction into fuller and more vibrant participation in life. In the process of learning to breathe more deeply and easily, old fears and insecurities are beginning to dissolve. I am discovering the joyful calm that supports life at its base.
I believe Michael Grant White's work with the breath is a critically important contribution to an area of scientific research still in its infancy.
M.D. California. Private sessions


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I am a changed person
Dear Mike:
I would like to thank you very much. I am a changed person. I watched the video and did the first exercise it was just what I needed. I sleep better, look better, and think better, all because of the video and exercise #1. I will try the others later, You are really doing some wonderful work. I need to read more of the manual. God bless you for the help, its just wonderful. Thanks again, Wanda Chafin   Recommended Program


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Adrenal Exhaustion, Anxiety

I am a 58 years young woman, High School teacher, and have spent much of my life off and on going through periods of adrenal exhaustion (of which I really had no name for up until a few years ago) and wondering why I couldn't catch my breath, actually have to crawl up stairs sometimes, waking up at night breathless etc. This all would come to pass when I was going through some kind of loss or what I perceived as a loss, or just any old time especially during times of a great deal of change. Interestingly enough when I was not going through those times, I have amazing energy, accomplish a great deal and rarely get tired. It became clear to me about 15 years ago that losing my mother at 3 years of age and not being told until I was 5 where she went, and simply living in hell with my father in one of those abusive long term dysfunctional stories (tragic but boring) put me in so much fear that I learned to hold my breath and do all of the stuff that goes along with the flight or fight syndrome.
Long story short approximately 10 years ago described these symptoms to my doctor, adrenal surges, not being about to catch my breath, waking up at night many times gasping for air and feeling like I am suffocating was put on Zoloft or Paxil off and on for about 10 years. I would tell the doctors, that I didn't feel depressed and really had no idea why these physical symptoms would happen to me and be so debilitating, but they just treat symptoms with meds. People would tell me, well just take a deep breath. OK I'll do that I would say but I could not seem to get a handle on being able to get a real breath when I'm suffering the panic and anxiety.

One fine day last October it finally dawned on me, I do not know really HOW to breathe! With all of the Yoga, meditation, bodywork, no one has been able to really teach me "HOW TO BREATHE". So I got on the WWW and said help!!! Punched in "breathing" and Wa La came "breathing.com" and Michael. Got Michael's tapes in his Breathing Kit.

Breathing Exercise Tape #1 was such a shock for me, what I mean is I had no idea there was a reflex action at the bottom of the exhale breath that actually "breathed your body". The shallow breathing that I was in the habit of doing had never allowed the development of that reflex action. So naturally I'm waking up at night breath holding, panic stricken and clueless why this is happening. My body has been oxygen starved and getting worse as I get older. EVEN THOUGH ALL OF THE CHILDHOOD ISSUES ARE WORKED OUT, GONE, DONE WITH, the old breathing habits had remained, I was not aware of something better.

Breathing Exercise #2 was even more fantastic! The exercise uses what you have learned in tape #1 and gives you the tremendous tools and power over the physical disablement of being oxygen starved and emotionally stressed.

Very soon after starting the tapes, I visited Michael for 6 days in North Carolina to get private instruction. I can only tell you all that it was the best thing I could have ever done for myself. I am now of course still practicing proper breathing (50 years of bad habits), off meds, and have not awaked at night even once since starting the tapes and getting private instruction from Michael.

Again Michael, thank you a million times over for actually dedicating your life to helping people understand the importance of the breath and actually in detail showing how to really practice it.

Phyllis Ross   Begin here

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Chest Pains, Shortness of Breath, High Blood Pressure
I have tried emailing this testimonial sometime in May but somehow it never got through. Since then my daughters have been urging me to send in my testimonial because of how much your breathing exercises have helped me "cure" my chest pains, shortness of breath and lower my blood pressure. So I am sending it in now hoping this does get through to you.

I need to thank God for leading me to your website back in march when I began experiencing mild to severe chest pains every nite. I had gone through a full bottle of 30 nitroglycerine tablets within two weeks. My chest pains always occurred at nite when I am going to bed, so much so, that I was afraid to go to bed. I need to explain something, Mike. Because of my past two open heart surgeries and heart problems, I am quite knowledgeable about the symptoms of a possible heart attack when you experience chest pains. In my case, I had just gone through an ultra sonic and a treadmill test in February. During the treadmill test, at the final stage, I complained to the attending nurse that she had to stop the treadmill because I was experiencing severe chest pains and was out of breath. She insisted I continue because the test is almost over and I needed to go on just for another minute or so. Somehow I got through the run and nearly fainted, heaving and breathing rapidly.

Two weeks later when I returned to my cardiologist for the results of my test, the cardiologist stated that I had over 75% blockage on my right carotid artery and 50% blockage on my left carotid artery. He immediately recommended an angiogram to determine the actual extent of the blockage. After consulting with my wife, I decided to forego the angiogram and in fact vowed that I would not go through that invasive examination again. Right after that was when I started to experience my chest pains. However, as I mentioned to my wife, the chest pains that I was experiencing could not be heart related but instead, I suspected it may be initiating from my lungs. After my treadmill test, I also started to cough out some mucous. Its color was pure white and not yellow or black so I felt that I may have a latent lung problem. After all, I am over 73 tears old. Besides during my chest pains, I did not experience any of the usual symptoms of a pending heart attack. I felt like I couldn't breathe and the center of my chest hurt badly. The pain vanished after I slipped a nitro tablet under my tongue. My blood pressure was not low at the time but it wasn't high either. Of course I was frightened. I would get chest pains for two or three nites, then none on the next nite, and then it started again. About that time, I read an article in our local newspaper about breathing. I went on the internet and I can't tell you how or why I selected your web site. I spent all day reading the information on your site especially the testimonials. I ordered your Optimal Breathing package and received the tapes in early April.

Now, let me tell you what happened.

I started out on the middle of my living room floor, arranging some couch pillows on a towel on the floor. Didn't take me long to adjust myself on the floor and started with the Tibetan Caffeine tape. As God is my witness, by the time I was into the second half of the tape and into the exhale and inhale on a single bong strike, my right leg from my thigh to my feet felt like ice. I continued my breathing exercises and had my wife cover my legs with a blanket. I went through the entire exercise which took me nearly an hour that very first time. Mike, that nite I did not have any chest pain. I did the same exercise twice the next day, once in the morning and then again before going to bed.

The second nite, my chest pain returned, but this time instead of taking a nitro tablet, I went into the living room and sat on the edge of my couch and in the dark, started to breath slowly. The chest pain slowly subsided and after a few minutes it was gone and I was able to go to bed. From that day on I have had no chest pains and have not taken a nitro tablet. This all happened in April after I started with your breathing exercises.

Today, I do breathing almost the entire day, mostly subconsciously because the breathing exercises is part of my daily routine. There is a lot more I can tell you about my health as a result of the breathing exercises I learned from you. My daughter who lives in Hawaii has just visited you in North Carolina and I am grateful for the teaching and help you have given her. I have told my youngest daughter about the Tibetan Caffeine (Better Breathing Exercise 2) and she too will be doing the healing breathing exercises herself. In closing here is my email address, bobby7778@hotmail.com for anyone who is fortunate enough to find your website, they can contact me and I would be happy to tell them how wonderful breathing the right way can do for them.

Aloha, Bruno Yim Recommended Program    Begin here

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Chest Pains

Aloha Mike! I am ordering your tapes because my Dad has had great improvement in his health with them. He was having chest pains (after two bypass surgeries) and high blood pressure, both of which subsided/went down, after practicing the Better Breathing Exercises #2 for a month. He is 73yrs. and sounded very pleased and enthusiastic - the best I've heard him in years! Recommended program    Begin here


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Hi Mike,
This is Doru Anghel, 48 yr old male, I came across your website 4 months ago when I first took the free breath test and started following your programs and advice. The problems that brought me to you are excess gas, bloating and pain in my abdomen (IBS), waking up tired most of the time and general lack of energy. The initial breath test opened my eyes to just how dysfunctional my breathing was and the one I took 3 days ago showed great improvement. Besides the test, I'm happy to report feeling better overall, more energy and better coping with everyday life. When I exercise I have better endurance (by breathing more correctly) so it's not the pain and suffering it use to be. And it feels good afterward. For the last few years, my vision has become somewhat blurred and I thought "well, it's time for glasses". But now I believe my vision has improved. I still have some way to go in my recovery which is why I intend to continue with your program. I feel much more optimistic about my life now. Thanks a lot ! Sincerely, Doru    Begin here

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Meditation

Greetings from London, England.
I thought some positive feedback might be of help.

I have been practicing TM since October of last year. I have also been practicing your Breathing Exercise #1 for the past few weeks since ordering the tape.

I enjoy TM but find it's effects variable and occasionally quite negative (although this was pointed out as being natural by the excellent tutor).

Your tape on the other hand has been a total revelation from the word go. I have been an asthmatic for 38 years and in just a few weeks of assiduously practicing this one exercise I have received more benefit than in twenty years of practicing all manner of other breathing techniques. Now here's the really good bit. I decided I would try using the "Waking Breath, - Breathing Exercise #1 - whilst doing my TM even though in basic TM practice there is no conscious breath control (the mantra itself is supposed to encourage shallow almost imperceptible breathing).

The result is a totally positive quality of experience both in the meditation session and afterwards. I can't speak for other TM practitioners but the moral seems to be that whatever practice you are engaged in get your breathing right first and it will help and support everything else. It really is the place to start.

I can't thank you enough. (And yes, I am now going through the manual. Recommended Product

Later in the week.

It is early days for me in studying optimal breathing but here is a significant fact. After practicing Exercise #1 I can hit 650 on my peak flow instrument every time (I've just tried it four times in a row without so much as a wheeze). Now that's what I call progress. Michael Davis   Deepest Calm Program


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I bought the "Better Breathing Exercise #1" CD and have been listening to it for about a week and a half now. First of all, it is a very soothing, calming sound and is neither too overwhelming nor too vague. The background music is not complicated at all, and doesn't force you to listen to it (as opposed to listening to a classical music CD, where the music can be so complex that you can't listen to your inner world -- you're too busy listening to the music!). The bells sound soft and clean, yet not bothersome or annoying. On the contrary, when I breathe with the bowls and bells and your voice I find myself slipping into a tranquil, relaxed state within one or two minutes. I just concentrate on the bowls and am not only relaxed, I am truly meditating, because I am AWARE of my breathing. This is a very unique and absolutely thrilling thing about this CD. Most meditation CDs are great and relaxing, but they all put me to sleep within 15 minutes, no more. The "Better Breathing Exercise #1" CD keeps me aware of my breathing, which is essential to truly meditating and not simply relaxing or falling asleep (although, like I'd already mentioned, it does relax me quite deeply) – Shirley Haddon  


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M.I.T Trained Biochemist

Of all the essential nutrients needed by the human, oxygen is the one we must have on a moment to moment basis; we can’t live without it even for a few minutes. yet, this is the one nutrient most people don’t associate with deficiency problems. Nothing could be further from the truth.. One problem is that oxygen concentrations in and around major cities have been measured as much as 30% below normal. That means that each breath brings in less oxygen. As if this weren’t bad enough, most people have developed poor breathing habits, thus further restricting oxygen intake. The resulting oxygen deficiency is having a negative effect on our health and our overall performance. Oxygen deprivation can be associated with all kinds of chronic diseases, including cancer. Michael White is an extraordinary breathing coach who teaches people new patterns of breathing, helping them to bring in more oxygen. These techniques help to improve health, stamina and even voice quality.
– Raymond Francis, Director, Beyond Health Corporation  Begin here

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Raw-Living Foods Chef

I highly recommend the work of Michael Grant White. It has touched my life on a very profound level. Excellent breathing is absolutely essential to everything in our lives. It provides energy, assists digestion, improves brain efficiency and assists in providing optimal body functioning. Breathing for me though is much more. Breathing correctly has allowed me to tap into the magical side of life... the spirit within!
Through learning how to breathe in the whole body we can go beyond the mind and our animalistic thinking. Most of us breathe in the chest area stimulating the sympathetic (Flight or Fight) nervous system. This incorrect breathing began at birth with our conditioning, civilized life's non stop emotional upheaval, polluted cites and increased stress without the release.

By learning how to breathe we can bring our breath down and learn to stay in the parasympathetic (slowing down, restorative) nervous system for most of the time. In times of crisis we can use optimal breathing development and exercises to bring it back there.

The practice of Mike's exercises allows the natural reflexive breathing to be rehabilitated.

Basically we are retraining our body to breathe naturally, so these are not just short term exercises, they are designed to recondition and reorganize the way we breathe.

One of the my favorite exercises was not a specific breath exercise, but a Qi Gong exercise. This simple exercise, taught in his Secrets of Optimal Breathing manual, of standing still in relaxed posture has revolutionized my own posture and thus increased my breathing capacity. The Better Breathing Exercise #2 (aka Tibetan Caffeine), singing exercises, the shhh breath have also opened up my breath and lungs like never before. Two years later I still practice the techniques and exercises because I get results from them. While working with Mike in 2000 I was introduced to a strapping exercise which really allows an opening and expanding of lung capacity, Mike has a video that you can use at home for this.

The changes for me were very subtle, yet like any true natural health practice, accumulative over time. And I have not even practiced them daily!!

So don't despair if you don't get immediate results thought many do, just persevere and gradually your breathing will open on a whole new level.

Excellent breathing in conjunction with living foods, yoga and meditation, provides you with the tools that may enable you to find your peace... whatever life throws at you. Phillip Madeley http://www.sattvic-life.com www.freshupnorth.com Recommended Program Advanced Breathing Kit

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Click here for a few words from leading California physician Dr. Len Saputo


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James Biddle M.D.
Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine
Diplomate, American Board of Chelation Therapy


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Chiropractor
Mike White is truly a master of the breath. As a long time martial artist, Chiropractor and singer. I thought I had a handle on breathing. What I had in fact was created non optimal breathing patterns by over emphasizing the abdominal aspect of the breath. This was depriving me of the fullest expansion possible. Mike’s due diligence and keen powers of observation helped me open up. As I breathe easier I am letting go of patterns of effort in my life. The breath is truly a living metaphor. Thank you, Mike

David Miller, D.C. Recommended Product


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Speech Language Pathologist
Coming to The Optimal Breathing School has been a life altering event for me. I learned how critical free flowing, coordinated, and balanced breathing is to our human existence. Mike White has many real life stories about clients who reported life saving experiences at the OBS as well as the hard numbers showing absolute results. What has happened to me though, is more up close and personal. It is precisely when I tried the breathing exercises that I realized how I need to breathe for optimal body function. It simply boggles my mind to now know how much power we humans have over our health and well being without relying on the “side effect” riddled pharmaceuticals and “pop another pill” mentality of the medical community. The equation is frighteningly simple. With a straight posture (resisting the pull of gravity into slouch) and smooth/full breaths a person increases oxygen to all body cells – improving body functions, warding off illnesses, and taking one to a place of true peace and happiness with oneself. Even athletes and singers would not breathe freely and coordinated, with proper posture unless they were shown how to do so or spent 30 years researching breathing like Mike White has done.

In addition to the breathing exercises I learned, Mike also introduced me to better nutrition with and emphasis on raw foods, reducing grain intake and DIGESTION. For a few years now I have had a serious problem with reflux. I woke up in the morning with a burning sensation in my throat and would experience bursts of acid after eating. An MD and an ENT advised me to tilt my bed, take a pill to reduce acid production stay away from acid producing foods. Mike suggested that I focus on digestion and make sure that the food I eat is broken down and absorbed by my body. He showed me information on how the body needs enzymes that break down out food to either absorb it or eliminate it.

When food is not broken down properly builds up as unwanted debris in the body as fat or “gunk” that sits around and feeds into many different illnesses. Since I have been taking the enzymes Mike suggested, I have had NO reflux and do not have the burning sensation in my throat in the morning. I have been sleeping better and feel more energized, with an inner peace I have not known her to fore.

I came here to learn breathing exercises to share with clients in my private practice as a Speech and Language Pathologist specializing in voice therapy and training, but I am leaving with a completely new awareness of the central role which breathing and proper nutrition play in optimal body functioning. I also learned what OPTIMAL BREATHING and OPTIMAL NUTRITION are. You can not do it right if you do not know what it is!

I am grateful to Mike for teaching me so I can now help others including my family and my clients. I have the opportunity to assist people I care so much about (at home) and those people I will come to know and care for in a clinical setting. Sam Leiter, Philadephia      Recommended program


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Hi Mike,
I’ve been searching for information on better breathing for a long-time including taking yoga classes for many years, reading books on pranayama and breathing workshops. I’ve gotten your program and have been going through it recently and it is the best I’ve ever seen. I was feeling exhausted this morning and no amount of rest helped. I did some of your breathing exercises and felt energized.

I’ve been a chronic poor breather my whole life. I believe that breathing is a real key for me and that you have put together a very effective program. For example, now when I do yoga classes, breathing in the postures is not such a mystery as before. I was doing some Qi Gong exercises this morning and it felt like it was really working. I believe that what you teach are the fundamentals of breathing that are both powerful in themselves and can make other breathing practices more effective.

I live in the L.A. area and was wondering if you are ever going to be in the area, or have some breathing coaches here? Am also interested in attending some of your training sessions. I would be appreciative if you could send me some information.
Thx, Dave     Begin here


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Migraines, Chest Pains, Vitality and Emotions

Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your newsletter.
My sister was fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet with you in early June. She mentioned what a kind person you are. She lives in Hawaii, I in Nevada, but we talk with each other several times a week and she has continued working with her breathing. On her way back from North Carolina, she stopped in Nevada to join us in celebrating my daughter's high school graduation, and shared with us what she has learned.
I have had terrible migraines for several years now and just this week, I tried some of your techniques for breathing (properly!) and lo and behold, they first subsided and then eventually disappeared. How wonderful it was to rid myself of this. I will continue these techniques whenever I feel the need.

In closing, please keep me informed if you plan on visiting Las Vegas. My father who also lives in Las Vegas, uses your tapes, etc. as faithfully as my sister and I know he would love to join me in going to any seminars/classes that you may present. He was experiencing chest pains (angina?) periodically and since he started his Optimal Breathing program, he has not touched his nitroglycerine. It is amazing given his history of heart disease. He also feels more vital. The greatest reward is that even emotionally, he has opened himself up to us all. I thank you, Mike, as there are many more things that have happened to our family since meeting you.

Sincerely,
D. M. 
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