- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Sorena AB; 3 edition (August 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9197615153
- ISBN-13: 978-9197615150
- Package Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.5 x 0.9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
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"The Power of Your Breath is the perfect user's guide to optimize breathing patterns, improve oxygen uptake and delivery, experience better sleep, concentration and sense of well-being. Anders has crafted a well written and informative book for anyone wishing to harness the power of their breath. How one breathes can affect every organ and system in the body. And it's not about taking big breaths of fresh air into the lungs. In fact, it is about doing the opposite. Experience significant improvements to your health in just a few short days. Read The Power of Your Breath!"
"The Power of Your Breath is the perfect user's guide to optimize breathing patterns, improve oxygen uptake and delivery, experience better sleep, concentration and sense of well-being. Anders has crafted a well written and informative book for anyone wishing to harness the power of their breath. How one breathes can affect every organ and system in the body. And it's not about taking big breaths of fresh air into the lungs. In fact, it is about doing the opposite. Experience significant improvements to your health in just a few short days. Read The Power of Your Breath!"<div> --Patrick McKeown, bestselling author of The Oxygen Advantage</div>
About the Author
Hi, my name is Anders Olsson. I live in Stockholm, Sweden, with my two wonderful teenage-kids and I teach people how to breathe. YES, I said breathe. And while I'm not a doctor or professor, I have been conducting full time private research on breathing since 2009. That decision transformed my body, my mind and my health.
I founded my own company in 1990, importing computers from Taiwan. Fifteen years later, I "had it all." But my quest for money, "success" and material things had drained me, leaving me exhausted and unfulfilled.
Finally, I came to the realization that it was up to me to change my life and become excited about life again, so I sold my company, and refocused my attention on living and working in the health arena. I started out translating health books from English to Swedish, but it was in my personal quest for improved health and happiness that I discovered my true passion--the power of our breath.
I began researching and experimenting with breathing techniques and soon developed a breathing program that literally transformed my body, mind and health. The Conscious Breathing Method evolved out of my personal experience, courses, books and research on relaxation techniques, yoga, qigong, the Buteyko Method, mental training and body awareness, as well as feedback from several thousand students, athletes, skilled doctors, therapists, and other professionals.
In my own life the practice of Conscious Breathing has significantly improved my physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. The main lesson I have learned from practicing Conscious Breathing Retraining is that I find I choose to be true to myself more often, to be brave enough to look within and learn about myself in depth. It is the most amazing journey I have ever been on, and it's a journey I wish everyone could experience.
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Anders provides specific exercises one can do to improve breathing. He also reviews a number of conditions--such as breathing through our mouth when sleeping--which I personally confront. Despite having gone to two highly renowned University backed sleep centers, I actually have found more relief due to Anders than I received at those sleep centers. In this case, I went to his website and purchased Sleep Tape and the Relaxator, the latter of which is a device that helps to train you to breathe better, I have been taping my mouth shut at night and it has immeasurably improved my sleeping. You might initially be scared of doing that, but I have had no issues with it, and it has really worked.
Anders has also answered questions I have had via email and has been incredibly responsive. I really think that if you read the book, it will improve your life and health.
A few moments with a plastic bag over your head. Or hyperventilating for a minute, or at least as long as it takes for your limbs to start twinge and numb a bit. I mean, these are simple methods for those who want to be convinced about the importance of our breathing for our wellbeing, both physically and mentally. Many of us have actually understood how important it is to breathe. Oxygen is good, right!?! But more and heavier breathing doesn't do the trick, despite the opposite advice we may be given at the gym or when doing power walking. Why? Because we don't breathe only to take in oxygen. We breathe to maintain a balance between the gases oxygen and carbon dioxide. When our breathing becomes heavy we take in too much oxygen (yes, it is possible) and at the same time we exhale to much carbon dioxide. All in all, hyperventilating, be it acute or hidden under the radar, can quickly amount to every cell in our body getting "plastics bag over their heads". Despite full oxygenation in our blood. When the carbon dioxide levels becomes too low, oxygen cannot be delivered to our tissues in an efficient or effective way. And that, for sure, is a problem.
So what do to now? Well, you can read Anders Olsson's new book The Power of Your Breath. I have read a large number of books where breathing either is the main subject or a vital part. I practice a Russian form of martial arts where a special emphasis is put on the breath in all situations. And I can honestly say that nothing I have previously read or studied in such a clear, elegant, user-friendly and engaging way explains how to achieve a balanced breathing and how this balance affects your heart, brain, psychology, energy production and digestion, as The Power of Your Breath.
(Your inner whining voice:)
"But my personal yogi-trainer says that I shall breathe like this!"
(Your inner authoritative voice:)
"Ok I understand, but read The Power of Your Breath first and then make up your own mind."
(Read with an enlightened, holy voice:)
"But my chakras, my kundalini-energy - how am I supposed to achieve a cosmic orgasm if I'm not..."
"Read The Power of Your Breath first. Then ask, if you need to."
(I think you got the point.)
The point is that if you are loaded with knowledge about the function of our breath, how oxygen is delivered, all the positive things that carbon dioxide does for you (no, it is not only a waste gas or a green house gas) you can get all systems in your body, all activities, all yoga to work better and take you where you want. And yes, a conscious breath most likely means that your whole life will work better.
Some hard facts to make it more concrete.
In essence The Conscious Breathing Method presented in the book suggest five simple principles - a) breathe through your nose, b) using your diaphragm with deep breaths. Deep breaths doesn't mean that they are big, just that it reaches deep down in your lungs. The breathing is also c) slow and relaxed, d) rhythmic and e) quiet and small. If you manage to breathe in this manner for just a part of our hourly 1000 breaths your body will experience immediate improvements. For example this means that:
* Your stress levels go down and your energy levels go up
* The time it takes to recover from disease will decrease and your ability to resist disease will improve.
* You become a better listener, thinker and yes - lover. (Potentially. Your mind calms down, brain hemispheres and nervous system is balanced and you become more present in your body, which feels nicer. So much we can say.)
* Your sleep improves and you wake up more rested
* Your body consumes resources in a calm manner and doesn't wear you down as fast. (Could you live longer by breathing better?)
* You'll get teeth like a movie star! (Well...but people that have the habit of breathing through their mouth will get a more even bite)
Anders Olsson tells exactly how all of this happens, and why, in a clear and entertaining way. And if you still aren't convinced I have yet another ace up my sleeve: You can get fat by poor breathing habits. When deprived of oxygen the human body turns to burning sugar over fat, since we cannot burn fat in the absence of oxygen. So by improving the way you breathe the increase oxygen levels reaching your cells will reset your body to burn more fat and you can start to lose weight.
If you're still alive and breathing, this book is for you.
I am so thankful for this hands-on and very practical book on how you can use your breathing to increase your life's quality - physically, emotional, mentally. This book will teach you HOW, WHY and THAT it works when you start to breathe correctly, so if you want to feel and function better BUY it, READ IT, ACT ON IT and GIVE COPIES to all your friends!
Kaja Michelson, Exhale Coaching, Int. Dipl. Coach, Yoga and Meditation teacher