BREATHE. | Joe DiStefano | TEDxLugano

  • Published on May 11, 2016
  • What is the most fundamental aspect of our survival and wellbeing that we most commonly overlook? In this inspiring talk, Joe DiStefano reveals the importance of getting back to fundamentals through our own breath.
    Joe DiStefano is a lifestyle and fitness expert who solves chronic health problems with simple lifestyle adjustments. Over the past five years, he has lectured on coaching, training, nutrition, lifestyle, and obstacle race preparation all over the world, to experts and professionals from over 30 countries. He is currently the Director of Sport at Spartan Race, the world’s leading obstacle racing company. Joe is also the founder of RUNGA, an eight-day retreat in Costa Rica designed to help busy people unplug and unwind.
    Joe’s philosophy of health revolves around simple lifestyle changes that anyone can make at any time. His simple method, which he first used to recover from a traumatic brain injury, revolves around the optimization of breathing, movement, and sleep patterns. He has used it to help several thousand clients, and his work has been featured in several print and online publications such as Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, Outside, and SELF.
    Joe currently lives in Boston, MA.
    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Comments • 202

    V SREEJITH 7 days ago

    Patanjali the great Indian monk or psychologist explains all this in his yoga sutra as pranayama. Western world is still on kindergarten level

  • t north
    t north 9 days ago


  • Evanescent
    Evanescent 11 days ago

    I think his jokes were good...

  • Antonio Domene
    Antonio Domene 18 days ago

    3 weeks without food and 3 days without water....not very knowledgeable ..

  • nadeem khan
    nadeem khan 24 days ago

    While running. Swimming. Cycling. When walking 10 miles. I breathe profusely. Does that count as breathing or do i still have to do these conscious breathing techniques? I feel that breathing during exercises is sufficient. Please advise

  • Vga1968
    Vga1968 25 days ago

    Thanks for sharing great video !

  • Douglas Porter
    Douglas Porter 27 days ago

    Take a deep breath and put the back of your hand over your mouth and blow as hard as you can to expand the capillaries in your lungs and then let your air out and you will see a small blast of steam come from your lungs. This is a good way of cleaning and expanding your breathing also!

  • Ritik Buddy
    Ritik Buddy 27 days ago +2

    1:33 Masturbation??
    ohh yeah Breathing

  • E. G.
    E. G. 28 days ago +3

    Tobacco corporations have nearly destroyed me.

  • Adam Campbell
    Adam Campbell Month ago +2

    Anuloma Viloma

  • W C H
    W C H Month ago +1

    Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers (1994)- Robert Sapolsky.

  • Danylo Korotin
    Danylo Korotin Month ago

    Didn't start with pearl jam - unsubscribed.

  • Barbara Lammi
    Barbara Lammi Month ago +2

    I love this! Heart Math Institute has been studying HRV for about 30 years. It seems more and more people are talking about HRV. I'm pretty sure I heard someone like Dr. Wayne Dyer say, "JUMP IN EVERY PUDDLE!" I shared this over and over.

    RADO MIR Month ago +5

    Leaving the comfort zone, that's my target from now on! Thank you

  • Meg Hebert
    Meg Hebert Month ago +2

    Thanks for the great info! Listen to this yesterday, and the techniques were already helpful for today.

  • Jones Mereu
    Jones Mereu Month ago +1

    Wow! Just wow. Excellent presentation. Incredible perspective.

  • Shaz Van Kann
    Shaz Van Kann Month ago

    Note some of the people at the front in the crowd at 10:54 with their arms crossed and that look of confusion on their faces as they're unable to disengage from their logic and reasoning as opposed to actually trying the breathing method! Body language is everything!!!

  • José Pablo Arellano
    José Pablo Arellano Month ago +1

    thans for this!

  • sharkface
    sharkface Month ago

    good talk. you might want to update your opening statement though. the human body can go 6 months or more without food.
    (3 weeks without food is an old saying) it isn't close to being scientific .

  • Flip Gz
    Flip Gz Month ago +4

    He makes you feel like "ok ok dude I'm going start breathing more daily" Good presentation but you forgot to add a few jokes aswell

    • Maliq Morris
      Maliq Morris 14 days ago

      I know what i was just thinking about you and your family are doing well

  • Andrew Souther
    Andrew Souther 2 months ago

    This lung expander/exerciser changed my life the first day I used it! It’s called the “BreatheEasy Lung Expander and Abs Exerciser”. It’s on Amazon and super affordable.
    I use it mostly for the inhale which really relaxes me and also helped my sleep improve considerably. It also comes with an informative eBook, too!

  • terry tristan
    terry tristan 2 months ago

    The coment about air and 3 minutes is false, if you relax your body, and use only your legs, or only your arms, and you meep yourself calm, saying I am not deprived of air. 3 minutes is nothing

  • soraya shanko no5sofia
    soraya shanko no5sofia 2 months ago +1

    2:15 I. Never eat all that stuff.
    Only potatoes fried in my home
    Sometimes from fast-food

  • Dan Bujor
    Dan Bujor 2 months ago

    Why are you so uninformed !?!?
    Anybody can fast 2 to 3 months. Record is 380 days. Angus Barbieri. And I saw people dry fasting for 7 days.

  • Muenkap
    Muenkap 2 months ago

    certainly, can go longer than 3 weeks without food

  • live with reddy
    live with reddy 3 months ago +6

    You just told Indian pranayam ( yogic breathing)

  • Sharon Anderson
    Sharon Anderson 3 months ago +5

    This was an eye opener for the different breaths, I'm going to try this for sure tks for the info!

  • Salam B
    Salam B 3 months ago +2

    Thank you 🙏🏽

  • Atheist Hindu
    Atheist Hindu 3 months ago +2

    This is called pranayam.. Find "baba Ramdev" on RU-clip(who is doing this thing from 30+ years) instead of this guy.

  • Mary Beth Hempel
    Mary Beth Hempel 3 months ago +7

    11:58 positions to hold and breathe for about 5 minutes

  • Partima Wati
    Partima Wati 3 months ago +1

    Mate this is all yoga. All of the. Excuse your speaking of is in yoga you never rerences it . This is thieft

  • Linda Nehls
    Linda Nehls 3 months ago

    I did deep breathing exercises until I suffered a brain stem stroke. Shut my throat 80%, killed 1/4 of my tongue, and left me with the whole area paralyzed. Just getting some breath in is huge for me now. But I battle on 🤗

    • Linda Nehls
      Linda Nehls 3 months ago

      But practicing, makes it easier for me 🤗

    • MrMarcus1225
      MrMarcus1225 3 months ago

      Linda Nehls wow ... that’s crazy

  • subhkaran singh
    subhkaran singh 3 months ago +1

    That is What Swami Ramdev has been teaching in India for long years.

  • Mary Beth Hempel
    Mary Beth Hempel 3 months ago +19

    10:34 begins exercises

    • valy0f
      valy0f Month ago +3

      Better watch the whole speech ... good information.

  • Eisenwerks
    Eisenwerks 3 months ago

    Indians in comments "hey, breathing deeply is our thing, credit where it's due, Westerners!"
    No Westerners ever "hey, polo shirts are our thing, credit where it's due, Indians!"

  • Damon Mora
    Damon Mora 3 months ago +3

    Anybody else start breathing properly, then feel the sudden urge to take a massive dump?

  • Jay Caveman
    Jay Caveman 4 months ago

    He puts up limitations from the beginning. We can go a LOT longer without food or water. Ignorance. Go within yourself. Limitations are all we were ever taught. I healed myself & we can do ANYTHING. Depression broken ankle that NVR healed right & back injury. I went inside of myself & used cold air breathing

  • Sultan M
    Sultan M 4 months ago +9

    Literally no one:

    Indians: that's our...

  • tra ve
    tra ve 4 months ago

    Evolution designed out lungs, I think it knows how to breath better than you, bro. thats why we got tony robbins wannabe sayin it instead of a doctor

  • RoiF
    RoiF 4 months ago +1

    I can hold my breath for 2+ minutes, try Wimhoff method but don't force yourself first.

    • Eisenwerks
      Eisenwerks 3 months ago

      Wim hof method is amazing! Haven't gotten sick in the two years since I started, look forward to winter now as a challenge haha. Keep on breathing brother!

  • RawMan Raines
    RawMan Raines 4 months ago

    I'm curious if there's a results after site of people who did these things???

  • RawMan Raines
    RawMan Raines 4 months ago

    We can go 10 or 11 days at least without water - I have done it 7 myself (Dry Fast) I know others that have gone longer. Dysfuncal breathing is a fact too...

    NICK COIN 4 months ago

    I am have been a few times without water for 4 -5 days . Once it was an emergency ,the others was during therapeutic fasting .I dont do anymore fasting without water ,but I know that many people are able to ..survive much longer than three days without any water or other liquid.

  • Vadi Velan
    Vadi Velan 4 months ago +2

    PL give credits to India.. these breathing techniques are already in practice, prescribed 2500 years before by first yogi Pathanjali...

  • John Smith
    John Smith 4 months ago

    Wish he would have explained the science or reasoning behind and spent more time on breathing through one nostril technique.

    • Lynevil
      Lynevil 4 months ago

      yoga with adriene has a video on alternate nostril breathing. These are all pranayama techniques

  • Brad Mihai
    Brad Mihai 5 months ago


  • VJ J
    VJ J 5 months ago +4

    This is all Yoga... Hail India!

  • Vyom Sharma
    Vyom Sharma 5 months ago +2

    Seth Myers did his research for this bit!

  • Notadonna
    Notadonna 5 months ago +5

    Yes! Perfect! Do the sphinx position facing the early a.m. sun touching the ground (Dr. Jack Kruse). Thank you!

  • Kim Williams
    Kim Williams 5 months ago


  • Rajiv Shah
    Rajiv Shah 5 months ago +2

    this ancient indian beathing called prana. they have do this in india

  • harish tunki
    harish tunki 5 months ago +1

    Why can't he just say two words "yoga", " pranayama" in the whole talk. So many people can benefit out of it. So strange 🤔

  • Mayur Singh
    Mayur Singh 5 months ago

    Dude actually it is 1:4:2

    • Eko Hermiyanto
      Eko Hermiyanto 5 months ago

      For starter, this ratio is too difficult. I suppose 1:2:2 is better. We can increase it later.

  • Sanal C cherupurath
    Sanal C cherupurath 6 months ago +2

    Science explains pranayama

  • Jonathan Glock
    Jonathan Glock 6 months ago

    No. Thank You!!

  • trickie502
    trickie502 6 months ago

    that was fantastic, thank you. Going to try this from now on....will get back to you in a month with an update.

    • Angel
      Angel 2 months ago


  • Michal Viktorin
    Michal Viktorin 6 months ago

    Sorry but beer is healthy. That is not the thing I would stop using to get heathy, just not overuse it.

  • LionTheHeart
    LionTheHeart 6 months ago +2

    We take so much for granted!

  • Olmec ST
    Olmec ST 6 months ago +16

    Breathing, along with grounding thought saved me from a few panic attacks.

    • Jake Morrison
      Jake Morrison Month ago +1

      Grounding thought.?

    • Lss
      Lss 2 months ago +1

      grounding thought?

  • Sandra Remolina
    Sandra Remolina 6 months ago +29