Free Your Breath, Free Your Life: How Conscious Breathing Can Relieve Stress, Increase Vitality, and Help You Live More Fully

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This book will show you how being aware of your breathing can have a profound impact on your physical and emotional health in a most positive way. Whether you are interested in stress reduction, easing a chronic breathing problem, or exploring the more spiritual aspects of breathing practice, this illustrated guide will provide you with practical, simple exercises to calm, energize, and generally enhance your sense of well-being. The author, Dennis Lewis, also shows how becoming more conscious of your breathing ...
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Free Your Breath, Free Your Life: How Conscious Breathing Can Relieve Stress, Increase Vitality, and Help You Live More Fully

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Overview

This book will show you how being aware of your breathing can have a profound impact on your physical and emotional health in a most positive way. Whether you are interested in stress reduction, easing a chronic breathing problem, or exploring the more spiritual aspects of breathing practice, this illustrated guide will provide you with practical, simple exercises to calm, energize, and generally enhance your sense of well-being. The author, Dennis Lewis, also shows how becoming more conscious of your breathing can reveal a lot about your self-image and help you deal more effectively with difficult emotions and situations.
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"This is by far the most compelling and complete book on breathing I've ever read. It is 'must' reading for everyone who is interested in optimal health."—Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

"Lewis teaches us how to assess our breathing and provides practical tools to help us learn to breathe better and create a healthier balance in our everyday lives. He makes clear that how we breathe reflects who we are and the manner in which we express ourselves—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. This book is a wonderful resource for anyone who wishes to improve his or her health and vitality through the breath."—Len Saputo, M.D., coeditor of Boosting Immunity

"Dennis Lewis has a deep understanding of the central importance of breathing, in both its physical and spiritual dimensions—as the breath of life and the breath of the spirit. This book is a practical, inspiring guide to opening yourself to the larger energies of life through the medium of the breath. Highly recommended!"—John Welwood, author of Toward a Psychology of Awakening

"A delightful and innovative path to the most profound truth, shared by the world's greatest healing traditions: the way through any trauma, stress, illness, or injury is to first put attention on the breath. The reader will not only understand through Dennis's inspired writing, but get to experience through numerous excellent, practical exercises how conscious and authentic breathing is the gateway to enhanced health and vitality."—Meg Jordan, Ph.D., author of The Fitness Instinct and founder and editor of American Fitness

"It is extremely difficult to write well and truly about the healing role of breathing both in our everyday life and on the way to great self-knowledge. Dennis Lewis succeeds through a rare combination of clear-headed, practical thought and spiritual sensitivity."—Jacob Needleman, author of The American Soul

"Dennis Lewis is a colleague, teacher, author, poet, and dedicated student of the breath and breathing. Free Your Breath, Free Your Life is not just a good book—it is a great book. It is required reading for all my students attending the Optimal Breathing School. It should be required reading for everyone."—Michael Grant White, Executive Director, Breathing.com

"This is a truly inspiring and informative book. It is a master breath-worker's book for those who wish to attain breath, and thus self-mastery."—Dr. Joy Manne, author of Soul Therapy, editor of The Healing Breath: A Journal of Breathwork Practice, Psychology, and Spirituality

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590301333
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/18/2004
  • Pages: 226
  • Sales rank: 634,955
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis Lewis is a student, teacher, and practitioner of Taoism and other approaches to healing and self-transformation. He has studied Taoist meditation and qigong with masters Mantak Chia and Bruce Kumar Frantzis, and has studied the Gurdjieff Work and Advaita Vedanta. Since 1993, Lewis has taught classes and workshops in natural breathing, meditation, and qigong in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally. He is also the author of The Tao of Natural Breathing and the coeditor, with Jacob Needleman, of Sacred Tradition and Present Need and On the Way to Self Knowledge.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2005

    Free Your Breath, Free Your Life: How Conscious Breathing Can Relieve Stress, Increase Vitality, and Help You Live More Fully

    This is the first book on breathing that I have seen that helped me understand the pluses and minuses of various kinds of breathing exercises and approaches. The author makes it clear that when it comes to breathing 'one size does not fit all,' and he goes to great lengths, using clear and often beautiful prose, to help us understand the many levels of the breath--physical, emotional, and spiritual. The book offers numerous, safe practices, along with helpful illustrations. The practices have helped me enormously, especially with regard to reducing stress and allowing 'the breath of life' into my daily activities. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2005

    Free Your Breath, Free Your Life: How Conscious Breathing Can Relieve Stress, Increase Vitality, and Help You Live More Fully

    This a great book, the best book on breathing that I have seen. It not only explores the basic principles of healthy breathing and provides important insights into how breathing exercises really work, but it also offers numerous safe, powerful practices for helping your body re-discover its own natural breath. The book also explores some of the major psychological and metaphysical aspects of the breath, and offers some powerful meditations for self-transformation and self-realization. The writing is extremely clear, with some great illustrations. Highly recommended for everyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2004

    By far the best book on concsious breathing ever written

    Dennis Lewis is a colleague, teacher, author, poet and dedicated student of the breath and breathing. Free Your Breath Free your Life is not just a good book,--it is a great book. It is required reading for all my students attending the Optimal Breathing School. It should be required reading for everyone. Michael Grant White, Executive Director, Breathing.com

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