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"Keeping in mind all the complications that can emerge during the training, we forbid self-training. Supervision by a specially trained practitioner is essential"   
K.P. Buteyko 
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We follow the guidelines of Professor Buteyko with regards to the training and administration of Practitioners.


They are as follows:


When a prospective Practitioner has managed to master the method for themselves, reverse their chronic diseases and achieve a high "Control Pause", they may commence training. Initially, this involves assisting a fully qualified practitioner, with a title of "Associate Facilitator". After gaining sufficient experience, they may go on to practicing under supervision, with the title of "Senior Facilitator".


Upon the recommendation of their teacher they may begin to work independently, but still report their results and progress to their teacher. At this point they are an "Associate Practitioner".


After around five years of working with students and gaining diverse experience with complicated and difficult cases and demonstrating solid results and upon the recommendation of their teacher, they are able to work independently, at which point they hold the position of "Practitioner".


The process of becoming a fully qualified and endorsed Practitioner is around five to seven years. 

Meet our Practitioners AND FAcILITATORS...

Vladimir Sukhonosov

Senior Buteyko Consultant


Vladimir commenced his training with Professor Buteyko in 1979 to treat his allergies and a heart condition. He left his position as the head of the mathematical faculty of the University of Kemerove, to work and train under Alexander Stalmatsky, Dr. Sheveiev and Sergei Luzgin – giving workshops all over the Soviet Union.


In 1985 he received his diploma from Professor Buteyko who appointed him to manage the vast Kuszbass region (Eastern Siberia) wherein he supervised workshops for thousands of people in factories, chemical plants and mining operations. He became one of the most experienced Russian Buteyko Practitioners – with a particular interest in complex and serious disorders.


Professor Buteyko awarded him one of the only several “Audit Diplomas” in which he was authorized to check the work of other practitioner and now offers practitioner training online. From 1997 – 2003 he practiced in the UK and Europe and now regularly conducts intermediate and trains the Learn Buteyko facilitators and practitioners.

Christopher Drake

Senior Buteyko Practitioner


Christopher Drake was the first “Western” practitioner to receive diploma accreditation from Professor Buteyko, whilst under the supervision of his teacher Alexander Stalmatsky.


In 1991 he co-founded the first authorized Buteyko Clinic in “West Sydney” Australia and participated in the first published medical trials. He introduced the method to the UK in 1996, where his results attracted major publicity. He has taught over 20,000 sudents in Australia, UK, US Europe and Asia.

In January 2013 Christopher launched the Learn Buteyko Online service to promote and offer the Classical Buteyko Method to students all over the world. Christopher teaches Advanced Training online and takes a special interest in serious cases. He divides his time between Europe and Asia.

Martha Roe

Buteyko Practitioner


Martha became a involved with Buteyko in 2007 to treat her chronic fatigue and did so well at mastering the method personally and reversing her health problems, she was invited as a practitioner by her teacher, Christopher Drake.


After assisting as a Facilitator and worked as an Associate Practitioner for seven years. In 2015 Martha was awarded the role of Buteyko Practitioner upon the recommendation of Vladimir Sukhonosov and Christopher Drake.

Marcelle Adamson

Buteyko Practitioner


Marcelle is from Melbourne and lives in London began assisting as a facilitator in 2011, after managing to overcome her own debilitating health problems. She has worked with Martha following up students over 5 years supervised by the Senior Practitioners. Marcelle regularly conducted basic workshops under supervision and in 2015 was awarded the role of Associate Practitioner.


Marcelle has continued to work with Martha and Joe teaching workshops and following up students supervised by the Senior Practitioners. In 2019 was awarded the role of Buteyko Practitioner as recommended by Vladimir Sukhonosov and Christopher Drake.

Joe Morrell

Buteyko Practitioner

Joe hails from Yorkshire and learned the method in 2011. After managing to overcome a decade of fatigue triggered by chemical exposure, Joe is an enthusiastic proponent of the method and has a keen interest to make it more available to others. Joe regularly conducted basic workshops under supervision and in 2015 was awarded the role of Associate Practitioner.


Joe continued to work with Martha and Marcelle teaching workshops and following up students supervised by the Senior Practitioners. In 2019 Joe was awarded the role of Buteyko Practitioner as recommended by Vladimir Sukhonosov and Christopher Drake. .

Pipat Pokiaw

Senior Facilitator

Pipat was one of the first Buteyko students in Thailand and has managed to develop an exceptional standard of personal practice.


Pipat assists Vladimir and Christopher for serious cases within the administration of the IAOBP. He is based in Thailand.

Liora Friedman

Senior Facilitator


Liora is from Israel and is actively engaged in teaching Yoga introducing her students to Buteyko’s ideas on breathing which are along the same times as those of authentic yogis.


Liora has been practicing the Classical Buteyko Method since 2014 and has made some significant improvements with her own health. Liora actively promotes facilitates online training for those wishing to learn this approach in Hebrew.

Tini Lubberink

Senior Facilitator

Tini is from the Netherlands, she started her training in 2015 and managed to make significant improvements with her own health.


In 2016 Tini joined our team and is working towards becoming a practitioner. She actively promotes and now facilitates online training for those wishing to learn Classical Buteyko method in Dutch.

Renate Du Plessis

Associate Facilitator

I came to Buteyko in 2018 and was curious as to why I have such a healthy life style with a control pause of 16 seconds. I’ve made it to the Olympics as a swimmer in 2000. Haven’t really been ill for 16 years and have a successful career as a licensed massage therapist and certified personal trainer. It’s amazing how the mind can let you live in an illusion. Upon starting the method, it was soon revealed that what I thought was health, was really just a strong immune system powered by will.


The method revealed: the sinus problems I had as a child, the destruction that a highly competitive sport can do to a very young athlete, the additive behaviours that one uses to cover up the anxiety from trauma, the bully that lived inside telling me to overextend no matter what the price. The continued process of knowing myself and growing my consciousness is where my Buteyko practice becomes the constant in the chaos. Keep calm and breathe less. I wish to assist students to become a better version of themselves. Anyone who would like to take responsibility for their own health and do the work required, will reap the benefits.

Laila Neilsen

Associate Facilitator

Laila lives in California and learned the Method in 2015. She suffered with chronic, and at times severe, asthma since infancy which became significantly more serious and complicated by adrenal fatigue. Laila attended workshops and with individual training she was able to reverse a lifetime of chronic asthma.


Her gratitude to the Method and desire to benefit others resulted in an invitation to join the Buteyko team in 2017. Today she enjoys a level of health greater than she has ever experienced in her life. She actively promotes and facilitates training for those wishing to learn Classical Buteyko Method in the United States.

Nicolas Nessi

Senior Facilitator


’m Argentinian (¡Hola che!) and my background is in theoretical physics. I found the Buteyko method in 2020, looking for alternative treatments for a malignant nodule in my wife’s neck. The sustained practice allowed us to reverse several chronic symptoms and to stop the degenerative process associated with deep breathing.


The Buteyko method provides the possibility to live your life in peace, without being worried about chronic health issues, and without being a slave to the medical/pharmacological industry.


I am promoting Classical Buteyko Method and making webinars and workshops available to the Spanish speaking public. 

Javier Borda
Senior Facilitator

Javier is originally from Navarra in Spain, he initially experienced the benefits of Butyeko in 2014 for his vocal work as an opera singer. He soon realized there was much more to the Classical Buteyko Method as he observed his family and closer circle of friends reverse chronic diseases. This convinced him that the method should be brought to Spanish speaking countries.

In 2021 Javier joined the team and is currently offering webinars and teaching workshops with his Argentinian Associate Nicolas Nessi and training to be a practitioner under the supervision of Martha Roe, Christopher Drake and Vladimir Sukhonosov. 
John Georgiou
Associate Facilitator

John has worked in primary care, and urgent care for about twenty years, in US hospitals and clinics.

He has studied and applied the classical  Buteyko method since 2019. As a result, he was able to reverse a so called "incurable chronic illness", and fully restore his health. He is now an enthusiastic advocate of the method, and is working toward becoming a qualified practitioner.
Christine Kenney
Associate Facilitator

Chris lives in New England USA and started practicing the Classical Buteyko Method in December 2019.  With diligent practice and a strong desire to get well, she now experiences freedom from migraine headaches, chronic fatigue, anxiety and depression, allergies, rosacea, and other chronic symptoms. Grateful for having finally found the answer to these baffling conditions, she wants to teach the method and share her recovery with others.

Jeff Jadryev
Associate Facilitator


Jeff lives in rural Virginia in the United States of America. He started practicing the Classical Buteyko Method in April 2020 to treat a list of over 20 symptoms. This list included chronic fatigue, major depression, brain fog, irritable bowel disease, food intolerances, chronic infections, panic attacks, anxiety, sensitivity to sound and mood swings.

Jeff’s practice has radically transformed his health, life and relationships. He has gone from bedridden isolation and misery to able to enjoy daily physical activity and a full family life with his wife and three children, who also practice and continue to benefit from the method.


His primary motive to teach the method is to save others the time, effort, resources and suffering he went through with trying ineffective treatments before finding Learn Buteyko.

Paul and Nikki Glantz
Buteyko Students London

Nikki came to Buteyko in December 2017. She has almost completely reversed her chronic asthma (of 40 years) in 10 months as well as having huge benefits to all areas of her health and mental health.

Paul, 52 a high school teacher, has been practicing since January 2018. He has reversed his suffering of migraines, fatigue, depression and greatly reduced his cholesterol level. He has never been happier or enjoyed teaching as much. Nikki and Paul are excited to spread the wonders of the Buteyko Method and refer students and have arranged a few seminars over the years and plan to organize more.
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