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The Yoga of Breath: A Step-by-step Guide to Pranayama [Paperback]

Richard Rosen
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4 Sep 2002
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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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc; 1 edition (4 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570628890
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570628894
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 16 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 294,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a quick fix! 3 May 2010
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Definitely not a quick fix!

Richard Rosen has written a sensible and practical book about a form of yoga that has often been misinterpreted and trivialised, particularly by the new-age press. If you're looking for something that will tell you simply to "breath-in-breath-out and think beautiful thoughts", this isn't for you.

An Iyengar trained teacher with over twenty years experience, Rosen explains pranayama in a way that western students can respond to. He describes (with plenty of excellent illustrations) the preliminaries, the practice, what you can expect and how it helps you, in a style that is chatty without ever being superficial or condescending. He estimates that if you work through this book conscientiously it will take you at least eighteen months to complete the programme.

If you're serious about exploring this fascinating form of yoga, and have no teacher near to you (and even if you have, it's still worth reading) this is the one to buy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too crowded book 20 Nov 2010
I am a breathing teacher with Art of Living so I know a few things about breathing. This book is bery comprehensive but also too comprehensive. Is is loaded with information that is not organized properly throughout this book. It is very difficult to just brouze through it for a while at home, read one chapter and to continue some other day. Nevertherless it is still voluable book with vast and profound information about the almost unknown world of bearthing in the west, . It is mainly based on the work and rtheory of the great Guru BKS Ayengar.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy To Read, But Could Be Shorter! 4 July 2014
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On the whole, this is written in an airy, engaging style.
See what you make of this, however: "Write [your Journal] as succincly and objectively as possible. Avoid judgements, justifications and rationalizations, interpretations, or evaluations of your work". That's fine, but then Richard Rosen contradicts himself by continuing: "Don't censor your writing or worry about continuity, style, grammar, or even spelling. Listen to and write from the heart, not the head".
I would be interested in hearing from anyone who has managed to carry out writing "objectively", while at the same time "from the heart"!
The Author also thinks that "uninterested" and "disinterested" can be used interchangeably, when they do have two different meanings.
Apart from these quibbles, this is an enjoyable read, albeit quite slowly-paced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A much needed resource in the Western yoga world 22 Jan 2014
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So much emphasis is given to the asanas in the West, leaving the significance and beauty of Pranayama in its shadow.
Richard Rosen shines a much needed light on this topic and presents it in a very enthusiastic and accessible way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to Pranayama Breathing 3 Mar 2012
This is book is very well structured and focused. For a newbie in the land of breathing, he certainly gets you into the right frame of mind. It is the sort of book you will refer to over and over again.
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