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Breathe to Beat the Blues Audio CD – October 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Yoga to Beat the Blues (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097473800X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974738000
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,133,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amy Weintraub's work is some of the most important in our world today. --Rama Jyoti Vernon,Founder, American Yoga College -- Rama Jyoti Vernon, Early Praise for Yoga for Depression

Herein lies a Yogic blueprint for how to be a human being, written by a compassionate and generous teacher. -- Stephen Cope, author of Yoga and the Quest for the True Self, from the Foreword, Yoga for Depression

This book belongs in the hands of every person who experiences depression and in the library of every therapist. -- Richard Miller, Ph.D., Early Praise for Yoga for Depression

About the Author

Twenty-five years ago, Amy Weintraub, MFA, RYT, author of Yoga for Depression (Broadway Books, 2004), was an award-winning television producer and writer, suffering from depression. Her own recovery from depression began in 1989, when she began a daily Yoga practice. Today she is a Senior Kripalu Yoga Teacher and Mentor, who leads national workshops on Yoga and depression and regularly writes on the subject for magazines, including Yoga Journal, Psychology Today and Yoga International.

Her forthcoming book, Yoga for Depression: A Compassionate Guide to Relieve Suffering Through Yoga has received advanced praise from physicians, psychologists and master Yoga teachers, including best-selling authors, Christiane Northrup, M.D., Lauren Slater, Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., Sylvia Boorstein, Stephen Cope, and master yoga teachers, Angela Farmer and Richard C. Miller, Ph.D.

Weintraub has done many Yoga trainings in the United States and in India, including Kripalu Center in Lenox, Massachusetts, Lakulish Institute in Gujarat, India, Vivekanandra Kendra in Mysore, India and the Narayana Gurukala in Tamil Nadu, India. A frequent presenter at Kripalu Center in Lenox, MA, Weintraub teaches workshops on Yoga for depression nationally.

She holds the Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars, Bennington College. Weintraub currently lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her cat Smokey.


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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A. Truame on May 15, 2005
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The 11 tracks of breathing exercises on this CD help transform me in the morning from a fatigued and grouchy gal into my higher self in 38 minutes! Even if I have time to do just 4 exercises, I feel energized, centered, and more clear-headed. (The other 2 tracks on the CD are an introduction explaining the author's recovery from depression via yoga and a 15-minute guided relaxation.) I am not clinically depressed, so you don't have to be to benefit from this CD, but I would definitely give this to my friends who are. I've never done yoga, so I found it helpful to look at the photos of a couple of the sitting and standing postures in the author's book, Yoga for Depression, even though the verbal descriptions are good.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amy L. Williams on August 10, 2008
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This CD has changed my life! Anyone who struggles with depression should try the breathing exercises on this CD. I have struggled with debilitating depression for years, and I have had periods of serious malaise and low energy. But this CD has changed all that! The exercises on the CD are meant to give you more energy, and they really work. When my brain feels like it's in a fog, I do these exercises and I feel much, much better.

What an underappreciated product. Everyone with depression should own this CD and, Ms. Weintraub, you should really be teaching this technique to fellow yoga instructors (maybe you are already, I'm not sure...). Thank you so much for changing my life. I would highly, highly recommend this product!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By doctor_beth #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 4, 2007
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In this CD, yoga instructor Amy Weintraub, who struggled with severe depression herself, teaches various yoga breathing techniques, or pranayama. Given her own history of depression, she focuses on the ability of breathing exercises to increase prana (life force) and thus improve mood, but these practices are actually appropriate to address a wide variety of conditions, from depression and anxiety to more commonplace issues like stress and fatigue.

There are a total of 13 chapters on this CD, including an introduction, 2 meditation practices, and 10 individual breathing exercises (approximately 2-4 minutes each). The majority of the breathing techniques are performed in a simple seated position (try them while sitting in front of your computer at work!), but a few involve arm movements or even basic standing movements designed to increase energy. Whereas the greater movement is more energizing, other practices are more calming, such as alternate nostril breathing. Weintraub covers breathing techniques from several major yogic traditions, including the ujayyi pranayama common to most forms of hatha yoga and Kundalini yoga's breath of fire. Other components included in the practices are breath retention and body locks (eg, lowering the chin to the chest). The two longer meditations (9 and 14 minutes) incorporate breathing with increased awareness, intention, chanting, and relation.

Although I can't personally vouch for the effectiveness of these breathing techniques for alleviating depression, as a psychologist, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this CD to a client who was experiencing depressive or anxiety symptoms. Furthermore, yogic breath work is appropriate for anyone wanting to attain a greater sense of calmness, relaxation, and peace, and Weintraub does an excellent job of making these timeless techniques accessible to a modern audience.
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By Laura VN on July 25, 2014
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very easy to follow. In small bites for consuming easily over time. Very helpful. Gives clear instructions without talking too much.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn on November 8, 2011
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I was really looking forward to this - put it on, leaned back, and turned the volume up full because the sound was so soft....and it got softer and softer.... until I couldn't hear it at all. So I'm thinking it was defective and I should send it back.
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