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

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Shambhala Publications, May 18, 2004 - Health & Fitness - 226 pages
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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 can reveal a lot about your self-image and help you deal more effectively with difficult emotions and situations.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Ways of Working with Your Breath
11
Opening Up the Breathing Spaces of the Body
53
The Metaphysical Breath
97
Going DeeperPractices and Meditations for SelfExploration
115
Other Core Teachings and Practices
143
Helpful BreathRelated Exercises for Daily Living
159
Suggested Practice Routines
173
Notes
177
For Further Exploration
186
Index
189
Back Cover
194
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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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