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The Art of Breathing: 6 Simple Lessons to Improve Performance, Health, and Well-Being Paperback – August 28, 2000
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According to the ancient Chinese discipline of chi kung (pronounced chee gung), the body's energy is released by the air breathed into it. Zi, a classically trained American singer raised in China, has adapted that idea in an intriguing method she calls chi yi. (Chi means breath, breathing or air.) Her premise is that controlled breathing can create new sources of life-enhancing energy. In six concise, uncomplicated lessons she shows how to tap into that energy through a range of exercises (accompanied by line drawings), imagery and situational applications. Her techniques for using the body's inner dynamics (the Chinese "core") will be especially valuable in relieving stress, building stamina and engaging in sports.
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skimmed the book, I pretty much laid it down and packed it away. Later, I might actually read it in detail and revise this review.
OK, the day has come for me to revise my review, thanks to an honest critic of my first review. I had noted in my First review that the course wasn't what I needed. S/he pointed out that I had complained of shallow breathing during the day and severe sleep apnea at night. I had reviewed that this book was only for singers. Well, duh, the critic was right. These exercises will improve my breathing, singer or not. I had asked people why they didn't think my reviews were helpful. This person explained, and I see why this one wasn't helpful at all. Thanks to that person, sincerely.
This book is wordy, and the diagrams are simplistic and too few. It took me several rereads of each lesson to do the exercise, and I don't believe in the end I was getting it right.
This book is written like a paperback novel, and is 237 pages long.
Needless to say, I moved on in search of a more effective book rather quickly.