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Pranayama: The Yoga of Breathing (Mandala Books) Paperback – June 1, 1983

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  • Series: Mandala Books
  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Unwin Paperbacks (A Mandala Book) (June 1, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0041490509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0041490503
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,015,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
The most comprehensible, in-depth book on the subject of pranayama that I've yet found. Even more informative and accessible than B. K. S. Iyengar's "Light on Pranayama." As it is a more advanced yogic practice, pranayama can be somewhat difficult to explain and even more complicated to perform. Lysebeth has spared no secret and presents the processes involved in a clear, straight-forward manner. No hocus-pocus. Just the facts. This is the book I was looking for on these more advanced yogic practices.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Nicolas Courtial on May 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
I am a freediver (i dive without bottle). That sport requires an extreme concentration and capacity to handle stress. Pranayama is a known technique to improve diving performances because if you don't panic you will stay longer under water. However when i started to read the book i discovered that pranayama was usefull far beyong the scope of this book. By better controlling my body I came to reduce stress, diminish any pain i could have, be better at presenting courses (I am an IT trainer) and to increase my concentration.
The introduction to the book attemps to link science to yogist technics, but it's badly done and frankly could have been spared.
Fortunately most of the book covers the pranayama technique. The postures, which are illustrated with pictures greatly help to succeed in the technique. Some exercises had powerful effects on me such as lowering my heartbeat, increasing at will of skin temperature, tickeling effects in differents parts of my body or simply helping to fall asleep.
The book has opened a new perspective in my life. It helps me to feel better in my body.
If you have some knowledge on yoga, you can safely buy the book. Else you need to learn some basic postures to effectively make the exercices. You can take some class or buy from the same author "Yoga self Taught".
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