Maggie Cowan Hughes Natural Breathing Training Founder and Teacher

Maggie Cowan-Hughes
Founder and Teacher
Natural Breathing Training Company
Member BBEA

I am a teacher by profession and a life-long asthmatic.

Just after my 60th birthday, I found myself in a South American public hospital emergency room, breathing in yet more drugs from a nebuliser, trying to get through a nasty asthma attack. I felt  desperate and worn out: asthma was again taking over my life. I longed to be able to control it. As my panic subsided, I remembered the little Buteyko book I had carried with me from England several years earlier, but somehow never got around to reading. I was at that point where anything was worth a try.

After I finished the book,  “Freedom from Asthma” by  Alexander Stalmatski, I searched the internet and found Patrick McKeown’s videos. They were so helpful that I decided to take a course with him via Skype, and I dedicated myself to getting better with Buteyko. The results were amazing. How can I describe to you the relief of being in control of my asthma after 60 years? Freedom at last!

I knew I had to help other people to discover that freedom too. I trained as a Buteyko instructor with Patrick himself at the Buteyko Clinic, became a member of the Buteyko Breathing Educators Association (BBEA), and now run Buteyko programmes in Bristol and Argentina and internationally with Skype in both English and Spanish.

I’m asthma free after suffering for 60 years, and I’m passionate about teaching other people to regain their health with the Buteyko Breathing Method. I am constantly amazed at the far-reaching benefits of the Buteyko Method, not only for breathing problems, but for snoring, sleep apnoea, circulation problems, insomnia, allergies, eczema, depression, improving sports performance… In fact, every system and function of the body is affected by how we breathe.

If you want to be well – first, get your breathing right.
This is what I will be very happy to teach you on your Natural Breathing Training Programme.

Stephen Darch Natural Breathing Training Founder and Teacher

Steve Darch
Founder and Teacher
Natural Breathing Training Company
Member BBEC

My general condition and health had deteriorated over the years, culminating in regular hospitalisation during 2011 and 2012. Each hospital stay meant an increasing cocktail of drugs and treatments which seemed to make me worse rather than better, and I was suffering with weight problems and other side effects from my medicine regime.

My story is almost exactly like that of my colleague Maggie: it was only when I was really ill that I remembered a training course I’d attended in London in 1996 to learn about The Buteyko Breathing Method. I’d bought the book “Freedom from Asthma” on that course. In my desperation I decided to read it in hospital. I have never looked back. By adapting my breathing patterns, I am now free from medication and my general health and well-being have improved beyond my wildest expectations.

Learning to breathe correctly has turned my life around and gaining this knowledge has given me a deep passion and desire to assist other people to improve their health and well-being. Following a Practitioner Course run by the Buteyko Institute of Breathing and Health (BIBH), I am now a member of the Buteyko Breathing Educators Council (BBEC) and I am registered with the General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies (GRCCT).

Taking responsibility for your own health, especially when you decide to look at alternative approaches to conventional methods of treatment, it can be quite scary. It takes time to rebuild your core strength and immune system, and requires hard work and commitment to gain the maximum benefit. I can help you to do it with Natural Breathing Training.