Valve breathing

In this exercise, I slowly push air through my mouth, between my teeth, while making a hissing sound. The exercise is meant to improve my ability to release unwanted thoughts and tensions.

The way I exercise ‘valve’ breathing

  • Breathing: nose inhale, mouth exhale.
  • Position: I sit comfortably with a straight back, relax my tongue and jaw, and close my eyes.
  • Reset my breathing.
  1. Inhale fully in 3 parts.
  2. Exhale deeply in 3 parts, pucker my mouth while extending my lips out, leaving an opening so that I release the air through the gaps between my teeth.
  3. Hold my breath until ‘air hunger start.’
  4. Repeat for a few rounds.


The sound generated resembles the sound of a gas leak or when depressing the valve stem of a car wheel.

I exhale monotonously, creating airflow resistance by limiting air passage between my teeth. My abdominal muscles drive the last part of the exhale.

The breath hold allows indication. If I exhale slowly enough, once holding my breath, I should rapidly reach ‘air hunger start.’