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To help remedy this situation, Lewis shows how breathing exercises really work. He does so by exploring the seven basic self-directed approaches to working with your breath: conscious breathing, controlled breathing, focused breathing, movement-supported breathing, position-supported breathing, touch-supported breathing, and sound-supported breathing. Within each of these approaches he offers a wealth of breathing practices and insights to help you open up the constrictions in your breathing, breathe with your whole body, and live with more presence and vitality in your everyday life. His emphasis throughout is on helping you to learn how to exhale more fully, to let go of everything that impedes the movements of your breath.
According to Lewis, we in the Western world dont pay much attention to the way we breathe, but the world's great spiritual traditions all have practices of breath awareness. Lewis maintains that "the breath of life" is what truly connects the different dimensions of ourselves--body, mind, and spirit--and that through conscious breathing we can help transform not just our health but also the very way we live. Lewis explores in depth both the physical and spiritual aspects of how we breathe, and discusses the many ways that our self-image (including the clothes we wear, the way we exercise, and our sense of self-importance) shapes our breathing and our lives.
Many books on breathing have appeared in recent years, but Free Your Breath, Free Your Life is one of the rare few that does not take a one-size-fits-all approach. Lewis explores the basic principles of healthy, whole-body breathing in clear, simple language, with numerous illustrations, and offers a variety of safe exercises and practices for experiencing these principles firsthand. And just as important, Lewis shows how you can apply these principles in relation to your own specific physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, so that you can live a freer, fuller, more conscious life.
it have help me get a hold on my life. I feel a differance in myself a must read and do.Published 14 months ago by Prinest Swopes
I did these breathing exercises daily for a couple of months. I'm a very relaxed person and probably breathed fine to begin with. I didn't notice any changes from the exercises. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Alexandra Hopkins
I could just be that lazy ignorant college student, but I feel add if this was written to be a text book (Yawn). Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
After delving into the mind-body connection recently, I became interested in breathing for stress relief/illness recovery. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Mel
This book is fantastic. I wanted to learn breathing exercises and have the basics of breathing practices explained. Read morePublished on July 13, 2011 by J. Austin
A wonderful book that, besides offering many of easy practices, along with truly helpful illustrations, the book provides an entire chapter to help open up "breathing spaces" as... Read morePublished on July 6, 2009 by Christine Richardson
Most of us...most of the time...do not breathe adequately. Change your breathing and you change everything.
Easy to read and understand.
I think this book had some good ideas for breathing techniques, I liked that there was more than one so you could try and find the one that was most effective for the reader.Published on April 7, 2009 by book reader