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Freeing the Breath: Health, Relaxation, and Clarity Through Better Breathing [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Leslie Kaminoff
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Sounds True Inc (1 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591797853
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591797852
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 14.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 792,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Freeing the Breath The co-author of "Yoga Anatomy" shares the wisdom of 30 years of teaching to liberate listeners from dysfunctional breathing patterns and to open them to new levels of health and well-being. Full description

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5.0 out of 5 stars Freeing the breath 6 Feb 2014
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Great cd for helping clients with panic attacks very relaxing and teaches you to be aware of the breath to enable calm
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3.0 out of 5 stars Helpful on the one hand, frustrating on the other 6 Sep 2010
By Sharon Isch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Interesting, informative set of discs. And I like his voice and explanatory style very much. Personally, I think these lessons would work better for me on video, where I could see the exercises demonstrated and attendant explanations of how my body's breathing system works shown. Also, I find it inconvenient and annoying that the case for these two discs does not include a chapter list to consult so that once I got the basics down I could easily skip and choose among the various exercises as the discs play. The only place to find chapter listings are on the discs themselves. The cardboard case, while most attractive in a zodiacy kind of way, doesn't contain a single word...not a clue to what's inside, not even a title, let alone a bio, intro or chapter list. (What you see in the illustration here is just the packaging it comes in). Very frustrating.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A relaxing CD that's suited for just about everyone... 29 Aug 2010
By Cat Feet - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Mr. Kaminoff does an amazing job of teaching you how to use the breath (and everyday breathing) to trigger deep relaxation. Even more useful is the fact that his techniques are very easy to learn...and he emphasises that if it feels like hard work, you're doing it wrong. How endearing! Nothing complicated here!

He covers ( 2 CD's total)

1st CD;

* What prana Is
* What breathing actually is & does in simple terms
* The Diaphragm

Most of the CD is guided practical exercizes. You can do one or more:

* guided practice (6 min)
* guided Practice (utilizing breathing and arm movements, 4 min)
* guided Practice (incorporating breathing and spinal movement 5 min)--- this one was my favorite exercize
* guided practice (The Shoulder Girdle Drop 5 min)
* guided practice (Shining Skull exercize 6 min)
* guided practice (whispered breath 4 min)
* guided practice (three part breath 7 min)

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2nd CD:

Various breathing exercizes to do in different posture(s);

* Exercizes for lying down (18 min)
* Exercizes to do whilst sitting (18 min)
* Exercizes to do-standing up (20 min)
* Exercizes for daily living (6 min)

Mr. Kaminoff has a 30 year background in Yoga, and his approach towards breathing eploys these methods (which are simple yet powerful). I felt a profound sense of well being after trying the exercizes. I do believe that the point is to train oneself in better breathing habits ~ generally, improving with time and dropping habits that deplete the body. I believe that this CD collection would be very useful for:

* those who are seeking a simple (yet powerful) way to relax and rejuvenate the body

* Someone who needs to gently improve how they breathe
(asthma, COPD, former smokers,etc.)

* persons confined to a hospital setting, or those requiring rehabilitation
(utilize the exercizes on the 2nd CD to do whist lying down or sitting)

* Those who enjoy yogic breath techniques, or are looking for variation in what they are already doing
(this works well WITH yoga practitioners too)

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Simple techniques, yet profound benefits.

Produced by "Sounds True"
Total Running Time: 2 1/4 Hours
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yogic breathing made easy 6 Sep 2010
By Pippa Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
One might say that breathing is like elevators in that we go about our days without paying much notice to them unless, of course, they are not working properly. Inhaling and exhaling is such an automatic act that the idea that breathing can be improved would hardly cross our minds. And yet, centuries ago, Yogis understood that the breath, prana, nourished both the body and the mind and developed techniques that encouraged proper breathing.

In his two-CD program, "Freeing the Breath," Leslie Kaminoff teaches the listener some of these Yogic breathing exercises. Session One is about 79 minutes long and it's divided into 12 sections. After a short introduction, Kaminoff devotes sections 2 through 4 to explaining yoga concepts such as prana and apana, to defining the process of breathing and to describing the role that the diaphragm plays in proper breathing. Sections 5 through 12 are guided practices in which the listener learns to pay attention to the act of breathing and becomes aware of how different parts of the body (the abdomen, rib cage, the spine) relate, move and feel when breathing is done properly. Each of the breathing techniques taught in these sections also brings its own therapeutic benefits. For example, the shoulder girdle drop helps release tension in the neck and shoulder areas. The shining skull exercise, or kapalabhati, cleanses the body from carbon dioxide. The 3-part breath shows us where knots and tensions are along the breath pathway.

Session Two is about 64 minutes long. This CD is divided into 5 sections that varied from 6 minutes to 20 minutes in length. In Session Two, Kaminoff guides the listener through exercises that can be done while sitting, standing or lying down. The listener can choose to do them in any order or follow Kaminoff's suggested sequence. The practices in this Session are a combination of the exercises already learned in Session One. Seated exercises can be done on the floor or sitting on a chair. Lying exercises should be done on a firm but comfortable surface. The last section of this CD is devoted to tips on how proper breathing can relieve stress at work and help in a weight loss program.

Kaminoff makes yogic breathing concepts understandable through the use of imagery and visualizations. His voice is very calm and relaxing (I confess I dozed off while doing the lying down exercises). His cuing could be a bit better though because, for example, by the time he asks to hold the breath, I was already exhaling. The other thing I wish for this program is that it would come with a little booklet or insert containing all the yoga terms (I like to know the correct spelling) and drawings or photos showing the correct posture for the exercises. Some listeners may not know what the warrior pose looks like. Overall, I found this 2-CD program educational and interesting. As somebody who practices yoga occasionally, I though this CD to be a complement to my exercise DVD collection as it concentrates on yogic breathing, something that is taught in a passing way on most yoga exercise DVDs.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent introductory audio resource; happy I used it 22 Sep 2010
By Brad4d - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This CD set was authored by L. Kaminoff, an experienced yoga practitioner with a special interest in anatomy. Mindful breathing is so wonderful, and these CD's may help. The outline in the Product Description seems reasonably accurate, so I won't repeat it.

Here's what I thought worthwhile:
1. Personally, I thought the author had a positive, crisp, and clearly enunciated voice tone, without a perpetually upbeat (but often artificial) "rah-rah-rah" style, or a cloyingly unnatural droning voice I've often encountered on such audios. I've fallen asleep in many lectures but not for these CD's! Other reviewers felt he was boring, but I felt his matter-of-fact style maintained my interest -- if you like this type of presentation, "Freeing" may be the one for you. Otherwise, consider something else -- no problem. It may be good for Amazon to offer segments of such CD's for you to preview, as they do with books.
2. I found his descriptions and definitions accurate without being overdetailed or overdeveloped. He made his point, he illustrated it well -- and then he moved on. Good.
3. His analogies were clear and interesting; for instance, he compares breathing to the processes found in an individual cell, which was far easier to understand than the very complicated and unfamiliar yogic system of pranas and the like.
4. The presentation seemed to "flow" well, with excellent transitions and connections with other lecture segments. I never felt the "huh?" sensation, in other words.
5. Breathing exercises formed much of the CD. They seemed excellent, and allowed me to attend to my body as it interacted with the breath, with interest and connection. I paused the CD now and then to extend the exercises.
6. He concludes with suggestions for using breath analysis in daily life (including knowing your "baseline" breathing in yoga or meditation, and observing the changes as you come under daily stress or happiness).

On the other hand, the CD has no written outlines, references, etc. -- not even how to access his website. I had to stop the CD and write down info at several points. This lack is why I gave it just four stars. A website with some diagrams, summaries, etc. would be valuable, and you may be interested in two websites associated with the author, which you can find by keying in his name to your search engine (they couldn't transfer to this review). You can find the author's DVD and book on Amazon. The author discusses anatomy frequently, and since anatomy is an important health subject, consider a reference book (such as F. Netter, Parker and Winston, the Anatomy Coloring Book, or the book on Yoga Anatomy).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough audio guide to breath exercises 29 Oct 2010
By Jed Shlackman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Kaminoff's 2-CD set on freeing the breath offers a clear, understandable discussion of our body and breath. Learning about the physical aspects of breath assists as the CDs proceed to provide exercises to practice working consciously with your breath. Theory and practice come together to give the listener an appreciation for how important our breathing is and how we can develop our breath to foster health and personal development. The voice on this recording is clear and smooth, and the pace of the lessons is comfortable. Anyone wishing to start working with their breath could benefit from these CDs.
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