Butterfly breathing

In this exercise, I hyperventilate by speed. I inhale and exhale rapidly, and then I hold my breath. The exercise quickly reduces Carbon-diOxide in my bloodstream and increases my heartbeat.

The way I exercise ‘butterfly’ breathing

  • Breathing: exclusive through the nose.
  • Position: I sit comfortably with a straight back, relax my tongue and jaw, and close my eyes.
  • Reset my breathing.
  • Interlace my fingers and place my hands under my chin, my elbows pointing away from my body.
  1. Inhale rapidly, pushing my chin up, my head tilts to the back, my elbows pointing down.
  2. Exhale, interlaced fingers stay under the chin, elbows pointing to the sides, head leans forward.
  3. Continue until I reach the point of ‘hyperventilation sensation start’ on the tip of my tongue.
  4. Exhale fully and hold my breath until I reach the point of ‘air hunger start.’


My elbows move up and down as I shift from exhaling to inhaling and vice versa. My arms create two triangles that flap like the wings of a butterfly.

The intensive back-and-forth tilting of my head makes it more challenging to identify my tongue sensation.