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Breathing Space: Twelve Lessons for the Modern Woman Paperback – Bargain Price, December 30, 2008
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In a nutshell: We take our breath for granted. It happens automatically - in, out, in out - . . . without thought. If we really experience our breath's full potential, it brings us awareness, power and release. Throughout the course of this book, Katrina gives the reader a glimpse into her life, and her conversations with Alan Finger, which ultimately lead to her learning breathing exercises that provide great benefits. At the end of each chapter she shares the exercises that she learns in an easy-to-follow format so that we can learn them too. I was amazed to find that I could follow the instructions, and that I have become more relaxed and am sleeping better. I have not done the exercises long, so have not reached the full benefit, but I do believe that they can bring the reader/practitioner many benefits.
Extended Review: Each chapter begins with a brief glimpse into Katrina's life, which soon flows into dialogue between her and Alan, ultimately resulting in a new breathing lesson. Each of the breathing exercises help the participant to focus or improve something such as their focus or redirecting "self-destructive tendencies."
Content: Each of the twelve chapters focuses on a different yoga breathing technique. Each technique is meant to provide a benefit to the person performing them.
Format: Each chapter starts with a memoir-type story, which leads to a conversation with Alan, ending with a new breathing technique. The end of the chapter includes the step-by-step instructions so the reader can do the techniques, and a personal note by Katrina to provide extra explanations or tips.Read more ›
The author continuously claims to have grown and matured through her work with Alan Finger, yet I didn't really see it. It made little sense that someone who is so insecure could suddenly have profound experiences through following a breathing technique and then return to her needy state. Where was the change and how did the change come about? Right up until the end she was still appearing needy and insecure. It seemed that she was not making too many decisions about her own life but was rather allowing all of the men in her life to make them for her while she made all the women in her life out to be just plain pathetic.
"Byron Makepeace", or whatever he was called was not very well disguised and I wasn't impressed that the author turned down a job with him. There was really no point in telling the story. In fact, nothing the author said about her experience was impressive.
I would rather have read about how her process was working within herself than about parties she was attending, what people were wearing, who was driving what, who was cheating on who, how much money everyone has, what women do to attract and keep men, etc. The idea that this is what women think about and that this is how women behave individually and collectively is insulting.
Overall, the book was self-indulgent and lacked any real content.Read more ›
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Over 50 years ago when I was in college I was taught lesson 12 . It
Was called Fundamentals . I still use it today and always wondered
Where it came from now I know,... Read more
I've enjoyed reading the story. A great reminder about the vital importance and benefits or breathing.Published 3 months ago by Irina Baker
I really liked this book because the story it told. Katrina did a supper job of reveling here journey and how that can impact anyone's life. Read morePublished 3 months ago by John Wernecke
I really wanted to like it. But I couldn't. The breathing exercises were good to read about. The writing was not engaging... Felt like I was forcing myself to finish.Published 3 months ago by Angela Cruz
I absolutely LOVED this book!!! Katrina's writing is surberb! Her humorous style made it easy to open your heart and understand the true complexity of the challenges she was going... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kamille Dawn Tirzah
I love the breathing meditations. They really do relax me. Also enjoyed the whole narrative. Very entertaining -- true to life and funny. Read morePublished 8 months ago by BTH
Some really great techniques to centre yourself and reconnect with your body/life/soul through your breathe. Reads like a novel and is easy and fun to digest.Published 9 months ago by Yvette Barclay
I really enjoyed this book. I really like how the author wrote to help me to understand the need to do the exercises with health related. It's a keeper! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Redhearts