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Breath: the essence of yoga [Kindle Edition]

Sandra Sabatini
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

As water purifies your skin, so the breath is capable of cleaning your whole being. And as you reconnect with the breath through effortless observation and increased awareness, a door to the unexpected is opened. There are infinite discoveries and benefits to be experienced: a feeling of lightness, renewed energy, a greater calmness and clarity of mind. The breath comes and purifies at a deep level.

Sandra Sabatini’s Breath is full of insights and images, distilled from her yoga classes, to help you learn how to listen to the breath and how to approach some simple positions. Whether you are a complete beginner or already practice yoga, these subtle, gentle suggestions can guide you naturally to a deeper appreciation of the essence of yoga.


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Yoga has never been more popular. Celebrities such as Madonna and Sting are huge fans. Geri Halliwell firmly maintains her new toned figure is due to regular yoga sessions. Confusingly, this ancient form of body work can be practised in many different ways. If power, dynamic or Ashtanga yoga sound complicated and too much like hard work then this new book could be just what you need. Breath, The Essence of Yoga is a straightforward introduction to the importance of breathing in yoga. Author Sandra Sabatini has spent the past 25 years developing this gentle yet intense approach to yoga which has it roots in the classical Indian tradition of Ivengar. The book is split up into seven chapters which take the reader through the process of learning how to breathe properly and then how to incorporate this with simple yoga positions. Each chapter is illustrated with practical, easy-to-follow black and white line drawings. The book's main aim is to show that that if you learn how to reconnect with the breath you can experience enormous benefits such as renewed energy and a greater calmness. Sabatini explains 'the breath is the key that can open thousands of doors'. Whether you are a complete beginner or already practice yoga, this simple book will provide you with a deeper appreciation of the benefits of calm, conscious breathing.--Meg Slyfield

From the Publisher

'the pause at the end of the exhalation
and the pause at the end of the inhalation
is a special place where nothing happens
or nothing seems to happen

yet the old air is traveling away
and the new breath is ready to move in

in that space in between there is silence
more than anything else silence . . . and space'


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 884 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pinter & Martin (17 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008MMUV16
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,585 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sandra Sabatini was born in Australia to Italian parents, grew up in Africa, and returned to Italy in her 20s. She started studying yoga in her early 30s, and in 1985 became a pupil of Vanda Scaravelli, author of Awakening the Spine.
Scaravelli died in 1999 at the age of 91, and she and Sandra have trained many teachers and students all over the world in a gentle but radical yoga that empahsises working with the breath, gravity and the spine. Now Sandra teaches established groups in Europe and the Middle East, as well as near hear home on the Tuscan/Umbrian borders.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
As a yoga teacher, teaching new students to listen to the breath requires a surfeit of superlatives and alternatives. Sabatini is expert at reviewing the breath in all its guises, showing how it can still and move the body during yoga practice and beyond. Her sensitivity of the subject demonstrates her deep knowledge of the exoteric and esoteric effects the breath can have on the body, and how once contacted can result in everyday life changes (not just during practice). Without overburdening the reader with detail, her style of prose is appropriate for individual digestion and appreciation, or to share within a like-minded group. As soon as I start to read something from the book, my attention goes to my breath - something which has never happened before. A real bedside (and lifetime) companion.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last - the perfect yoga book! 15 Nov. 2000
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This book is an absolute gem. I have been practising yoga for many years, and have been delighted to find a book that can actually enhance my practice. It works on so may levels... You can read it as poetry, you can choose one or two pages to meditate on, it works as an inspiration to practice, and also as a clear and helpful instruction manual. The pictures are beautiful - the way it's been presented is appropriate, but it is the underlying spirit and simple yet profound insights that make this my desert island book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the gift of the breath 13 Mar. 2006
Format:Paperback
"Breath: the essence of yoga" gets as close to the bone and heart of breathing and its infinite hidden treasures as any writing can get. It is the kind of book that heightens our awareness of simply listening to the breath. It also sharpens the presence of the mind with razor precision to the subtleties of inhaling and exhaling, the importance of the breath in relation to the spine,and allowing the body¡¯s natural intelligence to awaken. Sabatini was a student of Vanda Scaravelli, and the book's images and insights bear testimony to Scaravelli¡¯s life and legacy. The text is distilled from transcripts of Sabatini¡¯s classes recorded in 1998, deftly woven and arranged to read like an anthology of poetry. I viewed the entire text as a sacred sutra on the breath--I recited them as if they were ancient mantras. Each of Sabatini¡¯s poetic sketches is beautifully crafted, and the insights they release would take other writers pages to summon. A truly rare gift that deserves the widest possible readership in all languages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This book is 'pretty', but totally lacking in substance.
In fact, it is the only book I have ever returned for a refund.
Instead of calming, I found it frustrating and irritating, because I was looking for the inspiration and guidance it promised, but I couldn't find it.
The description promises to guide us through the process of learning how to breathe properly and then how to incorporate this with simple yoga positions. But it doesn't deliver.
The book is laid out as a series of short 'poems' - super-short half-sentences and micro-paragraphs, with often fewer than 30 words per page, plus an occasional line drawing.
If you were a complete beginner, you would really struggle to create any kind of pranayama / breathing awareness practice from this book. Its passages are more esoteric than instructional.
The description says that "The book's main aim is to show that that if you learn how to reconnect with the breath you can experience enormous benefits such as renewed energy and a greater calmness." It may well be. But it forgets the 'how to learn' bit, whislt marketing itself to beginners.
It is much more suited to experienced yogis and meditators, who could use its short abstract passages as inspiration for meditation and awareness - if they want to.
It's not a bad book, if you're looking for. It's simply that it doesn't deliver the promise in the description and for me it felt contrived and lacking in substance. Sorry...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars definatley one for your collection!! 14 Feb. 2007
Format:Paperback
You've gotta get it!!

I have the first edition of this book with the blue cover, Sandra's descriptions of the breath in all aspectc of doing and non doing, stillness and asana are beautiful. I got the book when I was a student teacher, but now as a teacher I bring it into class often. I definatley reccomend this book wheather you are a regular class goes or a teacher.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what i was looking for 3 Jan. 2014
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This is a beautiful book. I keep it out and look at it for inspiration almost every day, it goes well with my yoga practice and mindfulness.
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