David Jackson is a Master Instructor with the Oxygen Advantage
working now as a breathwork coach. He is a former professional
rugby player, accredited UKSCA Strength & Conditioning coach,
NASM performance enhancement & corrective exercise specialist
on a mission to make breathwork a normal part of our everyday
Having retrained his own breathing after a brain injury in 2013
forced him to retire from professional rugby, he's passionate about
helping others change the way they breathe to improve the way they
feel, move and perform. He believes that in breathwork there is
something for everyone, having worked with professionals seeking
better stress management or those suffering with anxiety to
professional athletes looking to improve performance and everything
in between. David knows how your breath can impact all areas of our
body and mind, which is why he is so passionate about helping
people use breathwork to fulfil their true potential. Having felt
the benefits personally, he wants to share it with others.
Please note there is a short part of a couple of minutes or so
that the sound quality isn't great.
In this interview, we discuss:
How your breathing affects your health as a whole.
Why breath-work can be a secret sauce to win more, think better
and live healthier.
How to level up your breathing right now.
And so much more.
Here are some key points that I would advise you to concentrate
Always remember your current point need not always be your end
point - you can change at any time.
When one door closes, another opens and you can continue on a
path you maybe hadn't considered.
Always be chasing that next level in your life, to keep that
handbrake off in your life.
You can train your breathing like any other skill.
An improvement in your breathing can enhance your living
systems and cognitive behavior with some work.
Your breathing is a key system that keeps you alive, it can be
dealt with by the body on auto-pilot but if you train your breathe
more automatically you can become more efficient and skilled.
At the moment, there are a lot of athletes who are not working
on improving their breathing system, so take advantage of their
short-comings and upgrade the key performance area now before it
becomes part of the mainstream training methodologies in all
Shallow breathing or panting is never a good thing, normally a
sign of distress and panic.
Better breathing can help you take in more oxygen each breath
to help fuel you brain and movement.
Better breathing can allow you to deal more efficiently with
Better breathing can create better cognitive function.
Better breathing can help you relax and reduce the level of
stress you are feeling.
Better breathing can be learnt at any age and will benefit
By breathing quietly, it tends to make you breath slowly.
Close your mouth, put the tongue to the top of the mouth and
breath quietly the nose will change your life!
Your brain will always go the path of least resistance.
Just because something is automatic doesn't mean its
Breathing can be affected by the size of breath, the time held,
the speed of inhaling and exhaling, how it is expelled etc.
You need to breathe into your belly, not your chest.
Learning to breathe better shouldn't be complicated.
Shallow breathing will not help you catch your breath better
than long slow breaths.
Being seated or stressed can have a big impact on your
body and in turn the quality of your breathing.
Your posture and how you sit will affect the quality of your
breathing and that in turn will affect how your health and body
responds to the quality of breathing and quality of air you take
Stress causes will always be there, so we need to build a skill
to deal with them, and better breath control and quality of
breathing is the key.
Exercise is a great method to check the quality of your
breathing. You shouldn't be out of breath going up stairs!
About the Podcast
The Next Level Guy Show, a podcast where I interview experts to learn the hacks and tips to better our own lives. The website URL is https://www.nextlevelguy.com/ and previous guests have included Gary Vaynerchuk, Tom Bilyeu, Diamond Dallas Page, Mark Bell, Aubrey Marcus, Jay Morton, Jay Cutler, Josh Barnett, Mark Beaumont, Forrest Galante among others.