About Robert Litman

For the past 30+ years, Robert Litman has guided clients and students in the use of movement, breath and sound as a tool for personal growth, restoring healthy breathing rhythms, structural alignment, and efficient body mechanics. He founded The Breathable Body in 2003. He co-developed the Wellsprings Practitioner Program with Emilie Conrad, founder of Continuum and co-taught with her for 18 years. He was on the faculty of Continuum until 2014 and has made many contributions to Continuum’s practices, particularly in the sciences, incorporating respiratory physiology, neuroanatomy and cellular biology. Emilie and Robert collaborated in developing The Body in Question, a year-long program in Berkeley, CA in 1996 and many other programs in California throughout the years.Robert Litman

Robert has been a faculty member and head of the Departments of Anatomy and Physiology and Movement Education at the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts Massage School. He teaches the Buteyko Breathing Technique, helping people with disorders such as asthma, anxiety, allergies, panic attacks, snoring, sleep apnea, insomnia, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue to control their symptoms and reduce their medications. He is as an organizing member, registered educator and trainer of the Buteyko Breathing Educators Association,

He was a preceptor at the University Of Arizona School Of Integrative Medicine teaching the Buteyko Breathing Technique to visiting doctors for Doctor Andrew Weil for 5 years.

Robert has an advanced certification in:
-The Duggan-French Approach – Somatic Pattern Recognition, which has provided him with hands on skills to help guide clients’ movement and breath education awareness processes.
-Graduate Certification as a Breathing Behavior Analyst.

Robert now makes his home on Vashon Island, WA., continuing to offer private sessions and classes in movement and breathing. He regularly leads classes and workshops worldwide.

Entries by Robert Litman


Sa – Ha Guided Meditation

The purpose of the Sa~Ha meditation is to have a quiet and easeful experience of moving air in and out of your body. You can practice this anytime, anywhere, in any posture that maintains good breathing.

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The Air We Share

Everybody breathes. We are born, in most cases, with the capacity to breathe in ways that nourish our bodies and minds. When we are breathing well, breath enters the body with almost no manipulation or control on our part. Then, as breathing moves unrestricted, breath and …


Fluid Movement of a Cheetah

Watch this Cheetah movement in slow motion produced by National Geographic.  It is a perfect example of how to move with ease, power, grace and determination. Watch how the cheetah never varies it eyes from the prey, balances its forward trajectory with its tail and how gingerly it places it paws…

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Cannabis – THC and Effects on Breathing, Asthma, and COPD

Well, it’s interesting about what the other things that drive breathing is the ratio between carbon dioxide and oxygen in the system. Then most of the time we think about the oxygen as a nutrient and carbon dioxide is the waste gas. And actually the truth of that is carbon dioxide regulates the distribution of oxygen in our bodies. So when I talked about hyperventilating, the reason we faint is because the carbon levels get so low because we’re blowing it out all the time that the oxygen distribution to the brain slows down…

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Breathing and Renewal a Podcast

Equally important is how conscious nose breathing triggers the Rest and Settle response of the parasympathetic aspect of the nervous system. This Rest and Settle response is the opposite of the activation of the Fight and Flight response when we mouth breathe and when our minds and imagination of possible future fears are running the show….

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Metabolizing Life

Ultimately, both physically and psychically, metabolism is controlled
by the same Force that creates life; It is beyond human agency. We
could say that it is the sum total of all Self-regulating processes which
belong to human survival and growth. Since all experience happens…


Molecules of the Body and Meanings in the Psyche

What we call “health” is dependent upon our knowing when we are
operating from the felt flow of the’ Perfection of What Is’ and when
our thoughts, feelings, actions are motivated by our need to change
what we can not accept or tolerate. That ‘need to change’ anyone or
any experience will register in the body and psyche as distress…

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A Breathing Class?

By learning to breathe well, you’ll also begin to feel better on a physical level.  Relaxation research indicates that proper breathing can help ward off disease by making people less vulnerable to viral infections and by lowering blood pressure and improving cardiovascular health. The breath retraining process shows…

Reasons Breathing Through Your Nose is Good for You

Heightens your sense of smell, linking it to the limbic system—the seat of your emotional body—to allow you to make more choices about how you feel about things you encounter in your immediate environment.

Maintains your sense of hearing by cleaning the environment around the inner auditory tube at the back of the upper throat, to keep it free from stagnating debris…