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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Healing Arts Press (April 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892813970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892813971
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #911,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BODYWORK / HEALTH

Ways to Better Breathing

Carola Speads, who studied and taught for many years with the pioneering movement teacher Elsa Gindler, shows us how the quality of our breathing determines the quality of our lives. Her flexible program of gentle exercises maximizes the benefits of breathing for people of all ages. Once learned, these exercises take only a few minutes each day. Their regular practice brings improved health, psychlogical well-being, energy, and creativity. Whether we use our breath consciously in professions such as the performing arts, teaching, or heavy physical labor, or whether we would simply like to learn basic techniques to alleviate the pressures of stressful living, Ways to Better Breathing offers, powerful methods for bringing more vitality and fulfillment into our lives.

Born in Germany, CAROLA SPEADS began her professional career at the Anna Herman School of Physical Training and Movement in Berlin, where she later opened up her own school. Since 1940, Ms. Speads has offered group and individual instruction in New York City and given workshops across the United States and Europe.

About the Author

Born in Germany, Carola Speads began her professional career at the Anna Herman School of Physical Training and Movement in Berlin, where she later opened up her own school. Since 1940, Ms. Speads has offered group and individual instruction in New York City and given workshops across the United States and Europe.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 1999
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This excellent book provides you with the essence of how to gain skill and confidence in better breathing. Since breathing is a part of all that we do, it is a key to mastering life for everybody no matter what their situation is, and the author does an excellent job of conveying this. Thus an olympic level athlete or a person recouperating from a serious injury will find guidance and improvement in learning these experiments.they are extremely effective, yet taught by Carola in a way that is gentle, and adapts to everyone's varied situations. Just as learning the alphabet gives us access to create and also read many words, learning these breathing experiments is a key that will open us up to a much fuller potential in all our life situations. Once these experiments are learned, they can be applied, even with just a few seconds of time to improve our breathing.Carola Speads is a master teacher, who lived for 98 years and taught this work for 83 years of her life. We are fortunate that she shared her brilliant ideas in a do it yourself format so that we can all benefit from her expertise. I recommend this book to all my friends, colleagues and patients, since it is so basic and effective to improving their lives, no matter what challenges they face or aspirations they are reaching for.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Minnesota Raven on May 16, 2000
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I find the thought of doing breathing exercises based on readings from a book a bit daunting. I am the type that would much rather prefer a class or one on one instruction on how to properly do a breathing exercise. But... you don't need that with this book. It's so clearly written that you feel like the author is right there giving you instructions. Granted from time to time I would have to stop what I was doing and read it again but I always looked at the first couple of tries as a practice session and then I would do the full blown exercise once I thought I understood what it was I was to do. It's clear, concise and to the point....
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By rchapra@aol.com on August 21, 1998
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This is the most complete, down to earth guide to working with your breathing. Carola Speads is a profound and generous teacher and both of those qualities come through in "Ways to Better Breathing". Read this book and, more importantly, do this book. It will be a friend to you for life. A true classic.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 1998
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I work a lot with one of her primary students and am amazed at the insights I have benefitted from. Why she is not a household word is beyond me. I even asked for permisson to copy two exercises from the book into my breathing book. What a jewel this "Ways to Better Breathing" is. What a gift Carola has given. God bless her.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 1998
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I work a lot with one of her primary students and am amazed at the insights I have benefitted from. Why she is not a household word is beyond me. I even asked for permisson to copy two exercises from the book into my breathing book. What a jewel this "Ways to Better Breathing" is. What a gift Carola has given. God bless her. Michael Grant White
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