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The Breathing Book: Vitality and Good Health Through Essential Breath Work [Paperback]

Donna Farhi
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1 Nov 1996
A groundbreaking approach to improving the quality of your life through the most readily accessible resource: your breath. These safe and easy-to-learn techniques can also be used to treat asthma and ease stress, depression, eating disorders, insomnia, arthritis, chronic pain, and other debilitating conditions.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Holt (Henry) & Co ,U.S.; 1st Edition edition (1 Nov 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780805042979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805042979
  • ASIN: 0805042970
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.8 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Donna Farhi is a registered movement therapist and yoga teacher who is a much sought-after guest instructor and speaker throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Australia. She is the author of "The Breathing Book" and has written for "Yoga Journal" for over a decade. She lives in New Zealand.


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75 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book that will help clear your mind 27 Aug 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
To anyone who is interesting in thriving and not just surviving , I strongly recommend this book. I suffered with facial pain for many years and to the bewilderment of many doctors , physicians and maxillo facial surgeons whose magical potions (expensive in some cases) did nothing. Then , I stumbled on the fact that it could be my breathing and Donna's book opened up a whole new avenue and gave me the answer. 'Frozen breathing' as Donna calls it , was my enemy and could be cured for FREE with the aid of controlled , deep diaphrammatic breathing (and it's a lot more enjoyable than some of the medicine I've took). I would personally like to thank and congratulate Donna on an outstanding book !!
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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breath Practice Demystified 23 Aug 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Clearly written and very readable, the focus of this book is not on esoteric breathing excercises but on remembering and relearning the deep, smooth, easy breath we had as children. With lots of explication and diagrams for the analytical among us, and many postures, excercises and meditations to try, this book offers good advice on how to identify and remove habitual stress patterns that encourage shallow or restricted breathing. The last two chapters- "The shared breath - Inquiries for couples" and "Minding the Breath - Cultivating Mindfulness" were definitely my favorites.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I really liked this book! It is thorough, easy to read and understand. This is the first time someone has explained it to me in a way I can understand it! Excellent diagrams, exercises, etc. Not only an outstanding yoga teacher but also a good book writer!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 15 Aug 2009
By A
Format:Paperback
thorough, relevant and practical- i have been practising yoga for a long time and got loads from this book - it also seemed totally accesible for non yoga people- BRILLIANT.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the breathing book 2 Jan 2010
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I cannot say just how good this book is, its well writen, easy to read, very very informative and, as they say, it does what it says on the tin. My quality of life has improved since I began following the information set out in it and there has been an added benifit. I suffer with a condition called NEAD (non-epileptic attack dissorder)I have found that since I began to alter my breathing my attacks although they have not stopped have become less agressive, if you suffer from this condition or perhaps Epilepsy then why not give this book a try you have after all got nothing to lose and everything to gain!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Breathing exercises for health 5 Jun 2011
By Pippin
Format:Paperback
This is a very comprehensive book of theory and exercises about breathing, based on yoga, but one doesn't have to be interested in yoga to benefit. The illustrations of different exercises are helpful, but some of these I felt need a partner or a directed class situation. The most useful aspect of the book to me were the Practice Guide selections of exercises to help a particular physiological or medical problem. One can then learn a few suitable exercises for one's own need.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and practical 3 Jun 2009
By NickiO
Format:Paperback
This book provides clear and concise information on the anatomy of breathing with a practical focus. The exercises take a somatic approach and the way in which breathing relates to posture and character is also explored. A resourceful text not just for those interested in yoga but also for teachers, therapists or those who want to relearn the forgotten art of natural breathing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 24 Jun 2010
Format:Paperback
I have enjoyed reading this book, and following the practices.
I found the guidelines for the inquiries clear, and easy to follow.

Inspirational ideas for those teaching breathing techniques.
The techniques allow exploration of how using the breath in different ways can lead to different results and effects on our bodies, mind and emotions.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 super stars!!!
This book is simply amazing.
If you are interested in living well get it! I have just started doing the exercises suggested and already feel so much more relaxed and in touch... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Savanah
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on using the breath in a holistic way
Donna Farhi gives a wonderful account on breath and how to use it to positively change your life! There are great illustrations on the way the muscle and diaphragm move with the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ulrike Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Yoga Classic
This is a book that belongs in every yoga teachers library. It is also a book that all aspiring practitioners will find supportive. Read more
Published 10 months ago by katmarvel
4.0 out of 5 stars Agreeably surprised
This was informative and a must for those who want to learn to breathe properly. The reason for it being a four is the photos were black and white and rather dull. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Katy Walters
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely love this book
Absolutely love this book. It gives everything you need to know about breathing including anatomy of breathing, holding breath problems and collection of breathing experiments. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kate J
4.0 out of 5 stars eye-opener!
must read
easy to understand
examples explained well and illustrated clearly
even people who do not do yoga should go for it
Published 21 months ago by Kremy
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll love this book
If you want to take your yoga practice to another level, you'll love this book. I now use many of the breathing techniques in my yoga classes. Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2011 by George A. Watts
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