Breathing is the most fundamental of our body's physical processes, yet most of us give it little or no thought in our daily lives. However, once fully acknowledged and harnessed, the power of the breath is unlimited - enhancing self-confidence, sharpening the ability to focus, easing stress and anxiety, strengthening the quality of the voice and even helping to relieve pain.
A Sanskrit proverb claims, 'If you breathe well, you will live long on earth'. Renowned yoga teacher Swami Saradananda aims with The Power of Breath to give gentle guidance on the art of breathing. The introduction explains the basics of breathing and the complex connection between the breath and the subtle body, as well as offering advice on rediscovering natural breathing and preparing for breathing exercises.
The sections that follow then lead the reader through five types of breath - vitalising, nourishing, expansive, cleansing and expressive.
Over 30 life enriching breathing exercises are explained within these sections, each one beautifully illustrated for clarity and maximum visual appeal.
There is a final section of mini breathing programs that helps you to specifically target common ailments and issues such as asthma, skin disorders, depression, lethargy and phobias as well as harnessing your breath to enhance vocal, dramatic or sports performance.
About the Author
Swami Saradananda is the ex-director of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres, in New York, Delhi and London, and former editor of Yoga Life magazine. She has been teaching yoga, meditation and breathing for over 30 years, and runs workshops on these subjects worldwide. She is the author of Chakra Meditation.
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 6th April 2009
Publisher: Duncan Baird Publishers
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.3 x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.434