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Certify as an Oxygen Advantage® Functional Breathing Instructor

Add a new dimension to your practice
with functional breathing training

Oxygen Advantage® Functional Breathing Instructor Training
Invincible Breathing™


Functional breathing is one of the most important pillars of health. In fact, the breath is the first and most basic autonomic function, influencing mind, body, and personal potential.

As a teacher or health professional, whether your specialism is yoga, Pilates, physical therapy, mental health, sports and wellness, public speaking or presentation coaching, the Oxygen Advantage® Level 1 Instructor Training can provide you with the tools to:

  • Optimize performance
  • Promote better sleep and a better quality of life
  • Boost energy and focus and reduce anxiety
  • Manage symptoms of many common health complaints

The course explores functional breathing from a scientific, practical, accessible standpoint, leaving you free to inspire your students, clients or patients, whatever their needs.

Inspire: to breathe/to impart a truth or idea to someone


The training consists of content and videos, designed and presented by breathing expert, Patrick McKeown. No previous knowledge or experience in breathwork is necessary. It’s easy to complete the course from the comfort of your own home, achieving certification within just ten weeks.


Comprehensive instruction is provided in a straightforward, easy-to-follow format. Simply learn in your own time, and take advantage of the training manual and step-by-step videos with Patrick to deepen your knowledge. All of Patrick’s training material is updated regularly to ensure that it encompasses the latest research.

How can I use the training?

Functional breathing training has been
proven to help with:

  • Overall health
  • Exercise performance and stamina
  • Yoga breathing
  • Lower back pain, posture and core muscle strength
  • PTSD, anxiety, depression and panic disorder
  • High stress and mental agitation
  • Energy, focus and concentration
  • Insomnia and snoring
  • Fatigue and mood
  • Rhinitis (stuffy nose and hay fever)
  • Asthma and exercise-induced bronchoconstriction
  • Diabetes and epilepsy control
  • Depression and anxiety in people with comorbid conditions like bipolar disorder, that prevent the use of anti-depressant medication

Become an Oxygen Advantage® Functional Breathing Instructor

Investment: USD395.00

For a one-off investment of $395.00, you will receive around 100 hours’ worth of study material comprising:

  • Pre-recorded online video tutorials by Patrick McKeown covering the theory and practice of Functional Breathing within the Oxygen Advantage® method
  • A comprehensive training manual written by Patrick McKeown
  • Marketing images and designs to use on your own website and publicity material
  • The chance to join our global network of instructors (35 countries and counting)



The body can survive for days without water and weeks without food, but without the breath, it will die within minutes. The breath is closely connected with the heart, and its relationship with the nervous system is so direct that different responses are triggered depending on whether you are inhaling or exhaling. As those skilled in ancient contemplative practices have long known, the breath influences every part of the human experience.

Functional breathing often forms the missing link in terms of fitness and quality of life. It’s cost-effective and suitable for everyone. Despite this, breath training has nowhere near the same following as many mainstream diet and fitness trends. While most people will adapt other aspects of their lifestyle to promote better wellbeing, fitness or mental health, they often don’t think to adjust their breathing.

When focus is drawn to breathing, very few health and fitness professionals are trained to accurately identify dysfunctional breathing patterns and habits, or to give instructions that correct them. With the best of intention, they often lack the tools to help their clients learn practices consistent with physical and mental health. Instead of looking to the root cause of a problem, teaching is often symptom-led. It’s time to change this.

As awareness of functional breathing begins to gather pace in sport and in the wider community, this is the perfect time to gain practical, knowledge that will be relevant for you and your students for the rest of your life. Once certified, you will be able to apply your skills anywhere, any time, making a huge, quantifiable and immediate difference to your clients’ lives. And you will earn a great living in the process.


Every single person breathes, all day, every day. It’s fundamental to life. While it might make sense that elite athletes or people in high-pressure jobs could profit from some sort of extra breath training, surely it’s nonsense to suggest that breathing itself is the root cause of problems in the wider population?

The truth is, functional breathing training is relevant for everyone because:

  • Breathing pattern disorders affect 9.5 percent of the adult population. In people with asthma, its 29 percent, and 75 percent of people with anxiety have dysfunctional breathing (Jones et al., 2013/Thomas et al., 2001)
  • Most of what we know about breathing is wrong. For example we believe that oxygen is good and carbon dioxide is bad. The reality…
    CO2 is essential for good health and vital to oxygenation of the cells. Without carbon dioxide, the body would be starved of oxygen, whether or not oxygen was available in the blood (Singh, 2017)
  • We often urge our students to take a ‘deep breath’. But without an understanding of what a deep breath actually is and how to explain it, we may be inadvertently causing more harm than good
  • One of the most common breathing pattern disorders is something called chronic hyperventilation. Forget the image of someone puffing furiously into a paper bag – this is long-term over-breathing that causes imbalances in the blood chemistry and factors in many pathological conditions – read that again – poor breathing patterns are an underlying factor in a lot of illness
  • Chronic hyperventilation tends to involve fast, upper chest breathing. This triggers the sympathetic nervous system’s ‘fight or flight’ response leading to chronic stress (and many associated physical and mental health disorders)
  • Breathing should be through the nostrils, and rarely, if ever, through the mouth. Breathing through the mouth has been likened to trying to eat through your nose!
  • Slow breathing at six breaths per minute has been found to optimize heart rate variability (HRV), respiratory sinus arrhythmia RSA), baroreflex (blood pressure receptor) reflexes, gas exchange in the lungs, and to activate the calming power of the parasympathetic nervous system via the vagus nerve
  • Sleep disordered breathing is considered to be a public health epidemic, costing the economy millions of dollars in poor productivity and sick days, and contributing to road accidents and early mortality
  • Conditions including asthma, diabetes and epilepsy can often be successfully managed by increasing blood CO2 levels. In the case of epilepsy, hyperventilation has been proven to trigger seizures, and in panic disorder, blood CO2 levels are directly related to the panic threshold
  • Breathing exercises can help with problems as wide-ranging as performance anxiety, sleep, stress, poor digestion, heart health, hypertension and cognition
  • It is possible to maintain nasal breathing even during intensive exercise such as running. One study found athletes were able to train to 85 percent of VO2 max whilst breathing through the nose (Thomas et al., 2009)

Become a part of our growing international team and provide your clients and students with a comprehensive functional breathing program. We will supply you with everything you need to become an Oxygen Advantage® Functional Breathing Instructor from the comfort of your own home.

Patrick McKeown BA, MA, is considered to be one of the foremost teachers of functional breathing. He has authored eight books, is published in 14 languages and has taught breathing for mind, body and sports since 2002. He has worked with more than 7,000 clients from children to elderly, from the most unwell to elite athletes. He has channeled a wealth of experience, expertise and passion into the delivery of this simple, easy to follow training, in order to share his approach with others, so that many more people can enjoy better health, performance and quality of life.

“When I was a young child, I suffered from asthma, tightness in my chest and constant wheezing. My nose was always congested, and so I learned to breathe through my mouth. This caused me to snore and sometimes even suffer sleep apnea at night. Things worsened during my teens and early twenties. I remember feeling tired all the time, and I struggled at school and university. No matter how hard I worked, my grades were only ever average. In 1994, I underwent nasal surgery, but there was no follow-up or information about how to restore nasal breathing, and so my breathing problems didn’t improve at all.

What I didn’t realize at the time was that my dysfunctional breathing was limiting the amount of oxygen that reached my brain on an ongoing basis. This caused me to experience tension, fatigue, stress and constant over-thinking. Eventually, my intake of asthma medication increased to the point that I ended up in hospital. I desperately needed help.

As luck would have it, in 1998 I chanced upon a newspaper article about the work of Dr. Konstantin Buteyko. His breathing method was fairly unknown at the time, but I do remember the newspaper piece contained instructions for an exercise to unblock the nose using a breath holding technique. I tried it, and it worked. In fact, it made such an impression that I made the switch to nasal breathing full time. I also made an effort to breathe more slowly, and to normalize my breathing volume. Within just a few days, I began to notice I had significantly more energy, my head felt clearer, my sleep was more restful, and I didn’t need to struggle to breathe. The changes I felt were so marked that I was inspired to find out more about the Buteyko Method, and to focus my new-found energy sharing it with other people. I received accreditation from Dr. Buteyko in 2002 and ever since then have worked with the breath, devising my own methods and applications in the Oxygen Advantage®.

Now in my mid forties, my health, focus and quality of life are unrecognizably better than they were in my teens. I’ve turned my entire life around simply by learning functional breathing techniques, and that’s why I am so passionate about teaching others to do the same.”


Based in Galway, Ireland, Patrick was educated at Trinity College Dublin and completed his clinical training in Russia in 2002. He is breathing adviser to Laird Hamilton’s XPT, Fellow of The Royal Society of Biology and published by international medical journals and leading book publishers. A TEDx …. Patrick’s work has… …touched the lives of thousands worldwide.

Patrick’s latest book, The Oxygen Advantage (published in fourteen languages), combines specially formulated techniques to reduce breathlessness during physical exercise, increase oxygen delivery to the brain, improve sleep and concentration, and retain focus under stress.
Patrick has worked with elite military Special Forces, SWAT, Olympic coaches and athletes, and with 173 trained instructors worldwide, Oxygen Advantage® is recognized as a foremost authority in breathing for exercise performance and sleep.


What does Functional Breathing Instructor Training provide?

The training comprises detailed instruction in methods of optimizing breathing patterns across three dimensions for improved health and exercise performance. You will study:
The biochemical dimension – how to normalize carbon dioxide levels
The biomechanical dimension – how to achieve better functioning of the diaphragm breathing muscle
Cadence or coherent breathing – how to achieve optimal parasympathetic/sympathetic balance

Will this course certify me to teach my students functional breathing?

Yes. Once you have passed the multiple-choice exam, you will receive a certificate in Functional Breathing from OxygenAdvantage.com. As well as this certification, we will add your photo, profile and contact details to our list of instructors so that prospective clients can find you.

What are the course objectives?

On completion of the program you will:

  • Be able to identify dysfunctional breathing patterns
  • Understand dysfunctional breathing and how this impacts sports performance and health
  • Have a clear knowledge of respiratory physiology
  • Be able to teach exercises to decongest the nose and help establish nasal breathing
  • Have the tools to deliver breathing re-education exercises and guidelines to help restore physiologically normal breathing in adults

What is the difference between Functional Breathing Training and Advanced Oxygen Advantage® instructor training?

Functional Breathing Training provides certification in functional breathing during rest and physical exercise. The Advanced Instructor Training provides certification in functional breathing and simulation of altitude training (intermittent hypoxic, hypercapnic training).

How long does it take to certify as a Functional Breathing Instructor?

Certification on average takes around 60 hours of online tutorials and self-study. Most instructors complete and pass their exam within one to three months of registration. There is no set time limit to certify.

What materials are provided?

The Oxygen Advantage® trademarked logo, downloadable PDF of instructor manual, marketing materials and client intake form are available to all instructors.

Is there an exam?

Yes. The exam consists of 70 multiple-choice questions. You can complete this in one sitting or over several sitting.

Do I receive a physical certificate?

Yes, a certificate in Functional Breathing will be provided to you digitally via email for you to print.

Is there follow up support?

Yes, there is continuous follow up support by email. Please email our team at [email protected] if you have any queries after registering for the training.

During the course, how do I reach out if I’m having a problem or want to ask a question?

You can email your questions to Patrick McKeown. Email: [email protected]


The Level 1 Certified Oxygen Advantage® Instructor Invincible BreathingTM Training covers two modules:

  1. Functional Breathing
  2. Breathing Mindfulness Method

Patrick will guide you through each topic using simple terminology. Classes are delivered in video format.

In order to earn your Level 1 Instructor Certification, you will need to pass the online exam. The exam entry fee and certification is included in the overall cost of the program, which also features access to the Oxygen Advantage® advanced portal.

There are no prerequisites for entry except an enthusiasm for learning and a strong belief in possibilities! Keep reading to find out exactly what you will learn…

How can I apply the training in my professional life?

If you work in health and wellbeing, as a yoga or Pilates teacher, physiotherapist, fitness coach, medical doctor, occupational therapist, osteopath, speech therapist, psychotherapist, martial arts teacher, hypnotherapist, Alexander Technique teacher, caregiver or in any profession that involves unlocking potential, the Oxygen Advantage® training will give you the tools to understand and apply functional breathing training in ways that are directly relevant. Every teacher knows that sense of satisfaction when the penny drops and a student breaks through difficult barriers. Functional breathing training can help you to achieve this.

Once you’ve passed the exam, it’s up to you how you use the training. You may find that this course is the missing link that takes your fitness business to the next level, or you might find that breathing training becomes the focal point for your work with corporate clients. Once you have the knowledge, you can apply it to your students or clients, your area of interest, and your own life. Read on to find out how Oxygen Advantage® instructors incorporate the training into their work.


There are currently 1000+ instructors worldwide, from a wide variety of disciplines including Pilates, Yoga, Strength & Conditioning, Buteyko breathing, professional athleticism, Wim Hof Method instructors and more.

Some instructors teach the Oxygen Advantage® techniques as a standalone, while others integrate them into their existing training. There’s the opportunity to offer breathing classes to help people with asthma, high stress and sleep disorders, or workshops exploring the concepts of light, slow and deep breathing for yoga asana practice. The Oxygen Advantage® is a technique that can be incorporated into most settings in which the instructor wishes to optimize breathing to improve mental health, sleep quality, respiration and exercise performance.