When Donald and I first conceived our campaign to help the world gain greater health, happiness and peace of mind through these profound, ancient, effective deep breathing techniques, in 2007, we called it Breathe Strong. These two words, we felt, best described the benefits people would acquire through practicing this full-body breathing system, besides the physiological changes - lowering blood pressure, calming the mind, releasing toxins, reducing stress - the process also strengthens the entire body: lungs and other organs, muscles, connective tissues and bones; and it strengthens and uplifts the spirit.
We even wrote some lyrics to accompany the launch of the program:
You’ve got to breathe strong, to be strong
You’ve got to breathe strong, to live long
Our desire to share this life-enhancing and health-reinforcing breathing method with the world was born from seeing the suffering caused by the global economic meltdown that began in 2007, also known as the Global Financial Crisis. We knew we had a way to bring comfort and certainty to humanity; a simple, effective, easy to learn, natural method to strengthen the bodies, minds and spirits of our global community.
One thing we all have in common, as humans, is that we all breathe, and anyone, anywhere, can learn to re-train their bodies to breathe continuously in a way that brings instant relief to all types of debilitating symptoms.
After we were threatened with a cease and desist order from a well-known nonprofit, concerned that the public would be confused by, and that their brand would be harmed by ‘Breathe Strong,’ we changed the name of our transformative breathing system to ‘Extraordinary Breath.’
A few years after we abandoned the use of Breathe Strong, and our BreatheStrong website, we found a competitor has taken it, and is promoting, without hindrance, a breathing system to athletes.
The words Extraordinary Breath, though, best describe the quality of the process, as shallow breathing has, unfortunately, become the norm; ordinary breathing is shallow, life-shortening breathing.
The normal breath merely sustains us
The Extraordinary Breath fulfills us
Stories of inspiration:
- Not long ago, one of our students had a terrible accident while hiking with her two dogs in the foothills near her home in West Marin, California. She slipped while climbing over a fallen tree and tumbled down the hill, rupturing a tendon
and dislocating and fracturing her ankle. While waiting for the paramedics, she had the presence of mind to practice the Extraordinary Breath, and, as she proudly recounted to us when we visited her in the hospital, by doing the Extraordinary Breath she experienced no pain from the injury and later, took no painkillers post-op.
- Two of our students, while trekking high in the Peruvian Andes, in an exquisite but remote area, came upon a young couple suffering severe altitude sickness. Our students taught them the Three-Part Extraordinary Breath, and the next day watched as the young couple passed them on the trail and finished their climb.
“As God breathed life into Adam through his nostrils you may do the same for yourself. When you are ready for the inspiration of your mind, body and spirit read this book and follow the path it will teach you to navigate.” - BernieSiegel, MD author 365 Prescriptions For the Soul and 101 Exercises For The Soul
"Sitting still and attending the breath are mankind's oldest spiritual practices. Cheryl Lynne and Donald Rubbo are both masters of this ancient tradition as it is expressed in meditation, Shaolin, and Qigong. Without fanfare and self-promotion, they have been teaching, healing, and actively building a community in Northern California, as more and
more people have come to recognize the deep spiritual grounding of this extraordinary couple. Their book is a straightforward primer on the fundamentals of the breath. As profound as it appears simple, it offers beginners and experienced practitioners a series of practices to improve their health, sense of joy and contentment, and their ability to heal the world around them. I have the deepest respect for both of them, so it is not surprising that I love and respect this useful book." - Peter Coyote (Hosho Jishi) writer/actor
"The easy to learn deep breathing techniques developed by the PDP II Research Foundation has literally changed my life. Making this system available to a large number of people will prove to be the greatest cost effective, preventative medical program ever enacted." -Ken Fischer, an award-winning Sound Effects Editor for feature film post production.
“BE INSPIRED! The profound breathing practices detailed in this beautiful, insightful book are easy to learn and incorporate into your daily life. In a matter of minutes, you can experience how deeply a full, relaxed breath will benefit your entire body, mind and spirit, infusing you with a sense of joy and well-being. Highly recommended!” - CJM
“THE RIGHT BOOK! The breath is how we access life. I have studied breath work for over 30 years in the contexts of health, spiritual awakening, bodywork, psychological development and martial arts. Despite my extensive experience, I found "Extraordinary Breath" to be invaluable. I now follow its practices every day. This book is straightforward and easy to understand, yet very profound and powerful. I recommend it to everyone.” - Steven K. Fox
“INSPIRED AND PRACTICAL! This lovely book is filled with messages of inspiration and possibility. The Rubbos are like divine cheerleaders encouraging us on to healthier and happier lives. I found these simple but profound mind, body, and breath practices to be immediately effective.” - MG