Move Daily Health Podcast Episode 016: Breathing Techniques with Leo Ryan

breathing techniques leo ryanDid you know that you can cure yourself of asthma? Did you know that this is possible simply through the power of breathing techniques? In today’s episode we welcome to the show Leo Ryan, one of the world’s leading Health Performance and Breathing Specialists.

Breath is the foundation of human health and performance. After curing himself of asthma, Leo went on to study over 50 different breathing techniques and joins us on the podcast today to discuss everything from Wim Hof to Buteyko, and how these various breathing techniques can help you improve your performance, reduce stress, and most importantly- regain your health.

Show Notes:

0:00 – Who is Leo Ryan? How did he cure himself of Asthma?

5:40 – How Leo become an expert in such a wide variety of breathing techniques.

13:40 – A disclaimer: Why you shouldn’t dive deep into breathing techniques on your own

16:55 – How breathing is just like weight training: Progressive overload is key

20:55 – Leo explains the various breathing techniques and who they apply to:

– Buteyko: Breathing rehabilitation

– Oxygen Advantage: Functional breathing patterns for athletes (Buteyko for athletes)

– Wim Hof: Mental health, great for highly-stressed and Type-A personalities

25:25 – Should people with Raynaud’s Syndrome use Wim Hof?

29:05 – How the Win Hof Method can help dull pain, and the purpose of ice baths!

33:00 – What is “functional breathing?” Leo breaks down the science of breath, what happens on a cellular level, and how this affects breath training

39:10 – We discuss daily over-breathing aka chronic hyperventilation, and how this can lead to everything from asthma, to cardiovascular disease and diabetes, depending on genetics

43:55 – How to measure your breathing capacity and state of health: A morning controlled pause aka Bolt Score.

46:25 – We discuss the importance of nasal breathing

49:25 – Some breath advice for strength athletes and lifters

50:55 – The importance of breath work for Strongman athletes

53:50 – Leo explains why breath work can do just as much for people as going to the gym itself

56:25 – How to restore functional breathing with daily breathing techniques.

58:45 – How to train yourself to nasal breathe

1:00:15 – How mouth-taping at night can hugely impact both breath and sleep quality

1:02:45 –  Leo’s book recommendation:

– Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds, by David Goggins

1:06:00 – We talk about what it means to be your own Health Hero

1:09:55 – Leo’s non-negotiable daily self-care tool

1:12:40 – Leo’s one piece of health advice

1:14:20 – Where you can find Leo

More about Leo Ryan:

Leo Ryan is a Health Performance and Breathing Specialist. He is the founder of Innate-Strength.com. He has studied athletic training, health and breathing since he healed himself of asthma in 2004.

After graduating with a MSc from University College Dublin, he continued to educate himself prolifically throughout his professional career in Ireland and internationally. He has attained multiple diplomas and certificates from many elite personal training, physical therapy and breathing schools including Dip. Buteyko Method, Wim Hof Instructor, Oxygen Advantage Master Instructor, Fascial Stretch Therapist, Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Pilates teacher.

Leo’s love and experience for health and physical performance has seen him research more than 50 breathing techniques, mentor with coaches to Olympians, UFC Fighters and World Champions and he undertook several internships with the world renowned Dr. Eric Serrano.

Leo began his sporting career playing Gaelic football, and despite his illness, he won underage championships and became a club senior member with St. Sylvester’s in Dublin. After healing his body from asthma he took up judo and became a Black Belt, he ran marathons without any specific training, he gained more than 52lbs of muscle and he even climbed a mountain (in -10 degrees celsius!) with nothing but a pair of shorts and boots. His clients have healed their own cardiovascular disease, asthma and anxiety. Others have reduced symptoms of depression, panic, colitis and rheumatoid arthritis. Some have gained weight, purposely and others have intentionally lost weight. Most importantly, they’ve also gone onto to return to their passions in life, like tennis, running and gaelic games.

Connect with Leo:

Website: Innate Strength

Instagram: @InnateStrength

Facebook: Coach.Innate.Strength

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