Assess your breathing fitness! How many of these 25 symptoms and behaviors associated with problematic breathing do you have?


Breathing retraining activities are appropriate for people who seek to improve their breathing habits as a complementary, self-care, wellness and fitness activity.

If you have symptoms of breathlessness, please see a doctor to identify the cause and rule out acute illness. 

Here is a list of contraindicated conditions and other situations for which caution is required.

  • severe renal failure (includes dialysis)
  • uncontrolled hyperthyroidism
  • sickle cell disease
  • acute schizophrenia
  • some types of COPD, including cor pulmonare (please check with your doctor)
  • arterial aneurysm
  • hemorrhagic stroke
  • thrombosis
  • current cancer treatment
  • recent heart attack within the last six months
  • brain tumor and trauma
  • uncontrolled hypertension
  • history of serious cardiac rhythm disorder
  • current pregnancy 
  • presence of transplanted organs


Make sure to advise us if you have one of these conditions so we can design a very gentle program for you. Breathing retraining and breathing exercises produce a mild stress on the body so that it can adapt to new conditions and function better in the future. It’s similar to weight or aerobic training at the gym. If the demands due to the exercises are too high, there is no adaptive response, and as a result, the exercises can even produce a negative effect.

  • diabetes, particularly Type 2
  • hypertension
  • thyroid disease
  • angina/previous heart attack
  • past history of serious mental illness
  • reduced kidney function
  • history of blood clots
  • loss of CO2 sensitivity