The Yoga of Breath: A Step-by-Step Guide to Pranayama

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Shambhala Publications, Aug 13, 2002 - Health & Fitness - 320 pages
Discover the basics and benefits of breath control—pranayama—and how to incorporate it into your yoga practice

For several thousand years, yogis have drawn on the powerful practice of pranayama, a technique of controlling the breath to maximize prana or life energy. Pranayama has been practiced to rejuvenate the body and as a means of self-study and self-transformation. While most yoga practitioners today focus on asanas, or body postures, a growing number of people are learning the complementary practice of pranayama to deepen and enrich their practice.

The Yoga of Breath is a guide to learning the fundamentals of pranayama and incorporating them into an existing yoga practice. Rosen's approach is easy to follow with step-by-step descriptions of breath and body awareness exercises accompanied by clear illustrations. The book also covers the history and philosophy of pranayama, offers useful practice tips, and teaches readers how to use props to enhance the exercises.

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Foreword by Rodney Yee
Colloquy of the Vital Breaths PranaSamvada
Lions Elephants Tigers
Practice Schedule Outline
Breathing with a Friend
Yoga Props
Recommended Reading
Index of Practices

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About the author (2002)

Richard Rosen is a graduate of the Iyengar Institute of San Francisco and has been teaching yoga since 1987. He is a contributing editor at Yoga Journal magazine and director of and one of the principal teachers at the Piedmont Yoga Studio (cofounded by Rodney Yee), in Oakland, California. Many of Rosen’s practice instructions and technical teachings are posted on the Piedmont Yoga Studio website,

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