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2013 Nautilus Award Winner - Silver Here’s a drug-free, side-effect free solution to common stress and mood problems—developed by two physicians. Millions of Americans suffer from mood problems and stress-related issues including anxiety, depression, insomnia, and trauma-induced emotions and behaviors; and most would prefer not to take medication for their conditions due t 2013 Nautilus Award Winner - Silver Here’s a drug-free, side-effect free solution to common stress and mood problems—developed by two physicians. Millions of Americans suffer from mood problems and stress-related issues including anxiety, depression, insomnia, and trauma-induced emotions and behaviors; and most would prefer not to take medication for their conditions due to troublesome side effects, withdrawal symptoms, and disappointing success rates. Drs. Richard P. Brown and Patricia L. Gerbarg provide a drug-free alternative that works through a range of simple breathing techniques drawn from yoga, Buddhist meditation, the Chinese practice of qigong, Orthodox Christian monks, and other sources. These methods have been scientifically shown to be effective in alleviating specific stress and mood challenges such as anxiety, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, and many others. The authors explain how breathing practices activate communication pathways between the mind and the body, positively impacting the brain and calming the stress response. The enclosed audio program guides readers through the techniques and helps make these breathing practices an ongoing part of daily life. This book and CD set includes breathing techniques to relieve    • anxiety and depression    • trauma-related emotions and behaviors    • post-traumatic stress disorder    • insomnia    • addiction-related behaviors It also offers breathing techniques to enhance concentration, peak performance, and personal relationships.


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2013 Nautilus Award Winner - Silver Here’s a drug-free, side-effect free solution to common stress and mood problems—developed by two physicians. Millions of Americans suffer from mood problems and stress-related issues including anxiety, depression, insomnia, and trauma-induced emotions and behaviors; and most would prefer not to take medication for their conditions due t 2013 Nautilus Award Winner - Silver Here’s a drug-free, side-effect free solution to common stress and mood problems—developed by two physicians. Millions of Americans suffer from mood problems and stress-related issues including anxiety, depression, insomnia, and trauma-induced emotions and behaviors; and most would prefer not to take medication for their conditions due to troublesome side effects, withdrawal symptoms, and disappointing success rates. Drs. Richard P. Brown and Patricia L. Gerbarg provide a drug-free alternative that works through a range of simple breathing techniques drawn from yoga, Buddhist meditation, the Chinese practice of qigong, Orthodox Christian monks, and other sources. These methods have been scientifically shown to be effective in alleviating specific stress and mood challenges such as anxiety, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, and many others. The authors explain how breathing practices activate communication pathways between the mind and the body, positively impacting the brain and calming the stress response. The enclosed audio program guides readers through the techniques and helps make these breathing practices an ongoing part of daily life. This book and CD set includes breathing techniques to relieve    • anxiety and depression    • trauma-related emotions and behaviors    • post-traumatic stress disorder    • insomnia    • addiction-related behaviors It also offers breathing techniques to enhance concentration, peak performance, and personal relationships.

30 review for The Healing Power of the Breath: Simple Techniques to Reduce Stress and Anxiety, Enhance Concentration, and Balance Your Emotions

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    Quick review for a quick read. To make a few notes on my reading on "The Healing Power of the Breath", I'll admit that I didn't have access to any of the supplemental materials that were noted to be included with this text. Considering that the text hinges so much on the audio CD and supplemental material, it's difficult to grade the helpfulness of this text without it. In searching for supplemental material on meditation, health/wellness, and breathing techniques to supplement my own practices Quick review for a quick read. To make a few notes on my reading on "The Healing Power of the Breath", I'll admit that I didn't have access to any of the supplemental materials that were noted to be included with this text. Considering that the text hinges so much on the audio CD and supplemental material, it's difficult to grade the helpfulness of this text without it. In searching for supplemental material on meditation, health/wellness, and breathing techniques to supplement my own practices - I came across this text on NetGalley. It's a useful text that expounds upon different techniques/approaches to breathing and how it ties into overall health and the mechanics of disease processes and body mechanics. It also (briefly) expound upon different populations that use breathing exercises. In addition, it addresses specific needs in terms of breathing exercises for various populations, such as those who suffer from anxiety and depression. The instructions are clear cut, and line up in such a way that you can follow along with the CD as it instructs, but I found the text by itself to be dry and tedious to move through for an introductory text. There were so many times when it would explain that it "would explain" certain techniques for breathing and I kept thinking "Why not explain it while you're on the subject instead of deferring it?" Also, there were very obvious anedotes to common problems with respect to meditation distractions here. Of course someone would know that their pet would be distracting in times of meditation; I wasn't turned off by the suggestion of taking one's pet to another room in that situation (because it's helpful advice), but rather the instruction in that case among others seemed to talk down to the reader in spells and state common sense practices. I think it could've streamlined the information much better and gotten to the heart of the chapter content much quicker than it did. I'm not going to say that this book isn't useful (because I found certain expansions to be enlightening), but considering the book doesn't stand well on its own for content and that it doesn't streamline the information as much as it could've, I think this wouldn't be a good singular resource for meditation/breathing practices. It, to me, left much more to be desired for presentation and intrigue on the subject matter. Overall score: 2/5 stars. Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher Shambhala Publications.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Orbé-Austin

    Some very powerful and effective techniques that can be utilized to reduce anxiety and regulate other emotions.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    Nice introductory book about breathing practice and benefits of regular practice. Useful examples for those just starting to explore practice and very accessible and clear guidance for practice.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Faith Tydings

    I didn't love the book as much as the accompanying CD - that was great! I didn't love the book as much as the accompanying CD - that was great!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Birrell Walsh

    My doctor prescribed breathing practices. I found this book and now I have given him a copy. This is one of those cross-cultural books that work. Two western MD's have worked with breathing techniques for years. They have simple, usable methods one can understand from the text. They have borrowed the methods in some cases from Asia, and they give credit. They have used English names (like "Resistance breath") rather than Sanskirt ("Ujjayi breath"), but the Asian names are available through notes. My doctor prescribed breathing practices. I found this book and now I have given him a copy. This is one of those cross-cultural books that work. Two western MD's have worked with breathing techniques for years. They have simple, usable methods one can understand from the text. They have borrowed the methods in some cases from Asia, and they give credit. They have used English names (like "Resistance breath") rather than Sanskirt ("Ujjayi breath"), but the Asian names are available through notes. They include a CD of guided breathing practices. They also have some information about published studies on the benefit of the techniques.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This thoughtfully written book and the enclosed CD that includes examples of different breathing techniques is excellent. I recommend this to anyone wishing to improve their sleep or to simply feel more calm. It's a great value with the CD. This thoughtfully written book and the enclosed CD that includes examples of different breathing techniques is excellent. I recommend this to anyone wishing to improve their sleep or to simply feel more calm. It's a great value with the CD.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Didn't finish, I was looking more for the reasons why meditation is good , not for breathing exercises. So, it's not the authors fault. Left off on chapter 4. Didn't finish, I was looking more for the reasons why meditation is good , not for breathing exercises. So, it's not the authors fault. Left off on chapter 4.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Priscilla

    I read this book as part of a 5 week workshop I am participating in. Really enjoyed the CD.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jay Jagatheesan

    Useful techniques for anxiety/stress. I practice the total breath technique and it has made a lot of difference to me

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ben Blue

    Wonderful. Exceedingly practical and simple, and for the most part, it steers clear of often accompanying New Age spirituality that turns off so many Westerners. As a Christian, I intend to do some extra study into their emphasis on qigong before I attempt to integrate that element, but it is only one element in addition to their core "Total Breath" practice. As an agoraphobe, just integrating their slower breathing techniques informally throughout the day has brought great relief from anxiety, Wonderful. Exceedingly practical and simple, and for the most part, it steers clear of often accompanying New Age spirituality that turns off so many Westerners. As a Christian, I intend to do some extra study into their emphasis on qigong before I attempt to integrate that element, but it is only one element in addition to their core "Total Breath" practice. As an agoraphobe, just integrating their slower breathing techniques informally throughout the day has brought great relief from anxiety, and I look forward to a more formal practice and increased relief. I am deeply grateful for this book and the authors.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rand

    Well written with good detail. Enjoyed the bit about knowledge of breathwork being passed on to members of the Russian Special Forces by way of medieval monks practicing the Jesus Prayer. Have not listened to the CD though there is some audio on this website run by associates of the authors. The long and short of it all is that practicing a slow breathing technique of five to six breaths in one minute (if you have trouble keeping count, just slowly expand your lungs to full capacity then hold a fe Well written with good detail. Enjoyed the bit about knowledge of breathwork being passed on to members of the Russian Special Forces by way of medieval monks practicing the Jesus Prayer. Have not listened to the CD though there is some audio on this website run by associates of the authors. The long and short of it all is that practicing a slow breathing technique of five to six breaths in one minute (if you have trouble keeping count, just slowly expand your lungs to full capacity then hold a few moments before exhaling fully. pause before repeating the process) will suitably vary your heart rate value (HRV) in such a way as to re-invigorate your cardiovascular system and induce holistic healing, beginning at a cellular level. There's more to it than that, of course. Just breathe.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Aimee

    I do yoga every day and have felt for myself the benefits of being aware of breath. This is a good book for some easy techniques to do to help you to feel less stressed and tired and to promote a more healthy lifestyle. The book comes with a CD to help with the exercises, I did not have the CD to listen to since I read the book on my Kindle so I cannot say how helpful it is. The book does do a good job of explaining why it is important to take the time to do breathing exercises and makes a good I do yoga every day and have felt for myself the benefits of being aware of breath. This is a good book for some easy techniques to do to help you to feel less stressed and tired and to promote a more healthy lifestyle. The book comes with a CD to help with the exercises, I did not have the CD to listen to since I read the book on my Kindle so I cannot say how helpful it is. The book does do a good job of explaining why it is important to take the time to do breathing exercises and makes a good case for giving their techniques a try. I have tried the Coherent Breathing and I found it helpful and relaxing. There is not much new or exciting in this book but it is a good book to start with if you are interested in calming your mind with some breathing exercises. The authors are knowledgable and helpful in beginning a practice to improve your health.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Maya Yashodhara

    The 20 minutes a day breath practice have changed my life. I recommend this to everyone. If you want to know how to heal yourself and learn how humans are meant to breathe read this book and use the audio guides.

  14. 5 out of 5

    AnandaTashie

    The authors explore coherent breathing (5 breaths per minute to "induce a state of mental calm coupled with alert awareness"), resistance breathing (which "slightly increases pressure in the lungs, which heightens stimulation of the parasympathetic system, the soothing, recharging part of the nervous system"), breath moving, and total breath, plus some add-ons like body scanning and 4-4-6-2 breath counting. To give this book credit, the breathing exercises shared really are powerful. They're mos The authors explore coherent breathing (5 breaths per minute to "induce a state of mental calm coupled with alert awareness"), resistance breathing (which "slightly increases pressure in the lungs, which heightens stimulation of the parasympathetic system, the soothing, recharging part of the nervous system"), breath moving, and total breath, plus some add-ons like body scanning and 4-4-6-2 breath counting. To give this book credit, the breathing exercises shared really are powerful. They're mostly ones I've already implemented into my life so they weren't completely new to me, but nevertheless, they make it worth a look at the book. However, I found the writing to be a little dry, the organization to be a little iffy, and the testimonial stories to be a little fluff.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joey

    The author offers a powerful, free and easily accessible solution - breath to relieve stress, stay calm and fight trauma and so on. It is an introductory book that provides guidelines on several breathing techniques that are deemed most useful and accessible to beginners. One is introduced to yoga and qigong breathing techniques too though no further deeper knowledge was drilled.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tamara

    This book was terrible- like so dry and boring- one star. HOWEVER, the CD has pretty much changed my life- it calms me so much, I use it with counselling clients regularly, and pretty much all the tracks rock, especially coherent breathing. Highly recommend the CD- 5 stars. But skip the book

  17. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Pyjov

    Informative!

  18. 4 out of 5

    J Crossley

    This books says that by deep breathing we can eliminate many health issues.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I really tried but this was just too dry to get into!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Khoa

    Great book, the exercises are great. I just don't like the examples in the middle. More reasoning could've been better. Great book, the exercises are great. I just don't like the examples in the middle. More reasoning could've been better.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth (Betty)

    Very interesting ideas for dealing with stress, sleep, improve brain function through breath. I will start using some of the techniques in this book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    COCC Read the first chapter or 2 over 2 days then got own copy and then never got back to it. Started over 6 Dec 2020.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Karen

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bodybyg

  25. 5 out of 5

    nalozaim

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lidija

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lora

  28. 5 out of 5

    Katrina M. Haynie

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cedric Cogell

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ahu Ermiş

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