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Breathing: The Master Key to Self Healing (Self Healing Ser.) Audio CD – November, 1999


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Product Details

  • Series: Self Healing Ser.
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated (November 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781564557261
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564557261
  • ASIN: 156455726X
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.4 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Listeners get a complete course of eight breathing exercises that Dr. Weil has used in his own life and prescribed to hundreds of patients to aid in physical healing. To learn the art of healthy breathing, Weil turned to Eastern traditions, including yoga, which view breath as a vital link to the energy of the universe.

About the Author

Andrew Weil, one of America's best known advocates of alternative medicine and holistic healing, attended Harvard Medical School. He has worked for the National Institute of Mental Health and the Harvard Botanical Museum. He is the founder of the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center and Associate Director of the Division of Social Perspectives in Medicine, University of Arizona. Weil's books include Spontaneous Healing and Natural Health and Eight Weeks to Optimum Health.

More About the Author

Andrew Weil, M.D., is a world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, a healing oriented approach to health care which encompasses body, mind, and spirit. His next book, "True Food: Seasonal, Sustainable, Simple, Pure," will be released October 9th, 2012.

View all of Dr. Weil's current speaking engagements here: http://weil.ws/Tojqex

Combining a Harvard education and a lifetime of practicing natural and preventive medicine, Dr. Weil is the founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, where he is also a Clinical Professor of Medicine and Professor of Public Health and the Lovell-Jones Professor of Integrative Rheumatology. Dr. Weil received both his medical degree and his undergraduate AB degree in biology (botany) from Harvard University.

Dr. Weil is an internationally-recognized expert for his views on leading a healthy lifestyle, his philosophy of healthy aging, and his critique of the future of medicine and health care. Approximately 10 million copies of Dr. Weil's books have been sold, including "Spontaneous Healing," "8 Weeks to Optimum Health," "Eating Well for Optimum Health," "The Healthy Kitchen," "Healthy Aging," and "Why Our Health Matters."

Online, he is the editorial director of DrWeil.com, the leading web resource for healthy living based on the philosophy of integrative medicine. He can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/DrWeil, Twitter at twitter.com/DrWeil, and Dr. Weil's Daily Health Tips blog at drweilblog.com.

See a comprehensive list of Dr. Weil's information: about.me/DrWeil

Customer Reviews

This is a fantastic, short, highly usable CD from Dr. Weil.
Angie
I enjoyed listening to his opening comments and have used the breathing technique almost dialy ever since.
Nancy L. Beck
The second cassette has guided breathing exercises that are very easy to follow and are quite useful.
CPTScott

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119 of 122 people found the following review helpful By CPTScott on October 24, 2004
Format: Audio Cassette
Some may think that it's ridiculous to have a program about breathing. We all do it right?

For those of us who take breathing for granted, there is a Zen tale about a young monk who complains to his master that "meditating on the breath is boring". So the master grabs the student, holds him under water plenty long enough to make his point and then looks at the student and asks "Do you still think the breath is boring? ".... Let's just say that this fellow had a change of heart (and took a nice deep breath) :)

While this program isn't specifically a meditation program the point still remains. While it's obvious that all of us who are alive are already breathing and have been doing so our whole lives, our breathing can be either unconscious or conscious.

Likewise we can either choose to live unconsciously or consciously as well. It is to the conscious control of the breath this program deals with and if practiced regularly it can likely affect your ability to live each moment of your life more consciously as well (a nice side benefit and perhaps the most important one at that).

There is a definite connection between rate of breathing and either stress or relaxation. It is very hard to be in a complete state of stress if your breathing is slow and deep. It doesn't mean you won't encounter stressful events, but you can certainly let them take less of a physical toll on you even when you are dealing with unavoidable stressful situations by not letting your breathing put you into overload.

Becoming relaxed doesn't mean you have to be isolated from the world or zoning out, rather you can be active and functioning but still be relaxed internally by learning to work with your breath.
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283 of 300 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I never really thought much about my breathing but finding out what Andrew Weil says, in conjunction with going to a yoga class where they really emphasize proper breathing, has woken me up to how much this affects my life. The book "Science of Breath" by Swami Rama is also an excellent resource - very highly recommend it. In the short time I've been working with simple breathing exercises I've noticed dramatic effects - stress seems not to affect me as much!
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Gerard Montigny visit www.adhdcanada.ca on December 30, 2003
Format: Audio CD
On this 2 CD set Dr. Andrew Weil introduces listeners to the practice of breath work based on Pranayama yoga. This CD set is definitely not your typical new age fair and is applicable to just about everyone. The first CD focuses on the theory in history behind this type of breath work, and includes several interesting case studies. The second CD essentially is an audio workshop, which will guide you step-by-step through the series of eight individual techniques. In my opinion, this type of breath work is excellent for individuals with ADHD. The techniques contained within this CD set cover a wide range of applications. Some breath exercises will help listeners learn how to calm hyperactivity and redirect a scattered mind, while other exercises can generate energy and mental alertness. What's nice about the techniques taught in this series is that they are extremely simple and can be done anywhere by anyone. Whether a student or in the workplace the techniques taught in this series can really help manage those troublesome and unpredictable ADHD energy shifts.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By John P. Morgan VINE VOICE on October 10, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I've been into breathing as long as I can remember...uhhhh...that was a joke by the way, you can laugh now...I remember when I was a kid if I hurt myself my dad had me look up at the sky and breathe deeply. Even recently, I just had back surgery and I was having trouble getting comfortable, my dear, sweet, 80 year old "poppa" told me to look up and breathe deeply, and y'know what, it still works.

Conscious and deliberate breathing is a real skill that we all can develop. Like most things in the West, we tend to laugh at things before we fully understand them. "You bought a book on breathing. Wow...they saw you coming..." But our breathing techniques are probably right in line with just how much we know about diet. No matter we're a bunch of stressed out fat people.

Real Breathing is learning to take slow and deep breaths, it is about catching yourself when you may be in a stressful situation and you are holding your breath, it is about becoming more and more aware that there is ALREADY a center within you and you just need to bring yourself back to it and you do this through your breathing.

When I am in a session with a client, the first thing we do, is we breathe together. I get them to lay aside all burdens, all fears, all frustrations and to just breathe in....and out...in....and out...I find that just a few minutes of breathing in and out calms the mind and opens the heart and takes the "stinger" out of the situation they find themselves in. Breathing slowly and deeply clears the mind and allows one to see that there are answers to their challenges.

Proper Breathing is a "golden key" to restoring balance and health to your life. If you did one thing to change your life, you could do this and everything else would follow suit.
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