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The Yoga of Breath: A Step-by-Step Guide to Pranayama

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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 th ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 13th 2002 by Shambhala
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Suba
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have to be honest, when I first opened Rosen's book and saw it to be similar to Iyengar's monumental book, Light on Pranayama, and I was immediately turned off: it's just another regurgitated pranayama book. But, because I am doing a pranayama study I was going to read it all the same: I'm thankful I did.

The Step-by-Step Guide to Pranayama is a perfect companion to Iyengar's. Rosen, like Iyengar, takes the practitioner gently by the hand and guides them gradually through the forest of pranaya
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Амьсгал авах ямар чухал болохыг хоромхон зуур амьсгаагаа түгжихэд бид мэдэрдэг шүү дээ. Үүнтэй ижил чухал хэрнээ огт анзаарагдахгүй амьдралын чанарыг дордуулж байдаг зүйл нь буруу амьсгал авах аж.

Бид ядарч бухимдсан үедээ буруу хэвшил амархан даддаг ба энэ нь цаашлаад урт хугацааны эрүүл мэндийн доголдол үүсгэдэг жишээ амьсгал авахдаа амаараа бус хамраараа авах, хамрын хоёр нүхийг ашиглан цээжэндээ бус хэвлий хүртлээ бүтэн амьсгаа авч удаанаар гаргах хэрэгтэй аж. Хамрын зүүн нүхээр ганц амьсгаа
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Khinna
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been adding daily yoga practice to my life. This book is a great introduction to pranayama practice (daily breathing) for beginners.
Bill
Apr 18, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: yoga
Richard Rosen seems to use a lot of words, doesn't he, lot of extra and not necessarily enhancing material and comments, in my opinion. The Going further sub-sections were valuable in diagnosing and suggesting remedies for poor alignments. I also found the Notes and Glossary appendices interesting and helpful. ...more
QUINNS
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Inefficient breathing and emotional distress causes more pain. It is the result of a vicious cycle of poor breathing. However, you could learn pranayama to take control of your breath and state of mind. With patience and dedication, you will start taking better breaths, ensuring that your body and mind are energised throughout the day. The author also suggests to practice pranayama in pairs. A friend that you practice with, and to provide feedback about any changes in your breathing to improve e ...more
Jess
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: yoga
The earlier parts of the book, devoted to cultivating awareness of the body and the breath, were helpful and interesting. However, when I got to the section on specific pranayama exercises, I found myself rebelling at the level of restriction. While I can see the benefits of controlling the breath to that level, I'm just not in a place in my life right now where I am interested in counting the length of my inhales and exhales. I'm pretty much in a "just breathe" mood, so I'm putting this book do ...more
Allen Herring
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a manual on how to get in touch with one's body and how to breath. As someone who deals with ptsd-breathing, this book has been refreshing. It is a book that has become a reference manual for me. It is a book that encourages patience and practice. It is not a get-quick fix to your breath or your body; rather it is an honest travel guide on your interior journey. I will be reading this book and returning to the practices suggested - forever. ...more
Justin
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: breathing, own
Covers many aspects of Pranayama including some rather nice exercises for improving breathing
Emmanuel Ayeni
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Blink explains the rudiments of Yoga as regards breathing and how to balance
Lisa
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blink
Will want to re-read this again!!
PaviG
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow! This book has so many great techniques and tips. I loved reading it
Shelley Schanfield
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: yoga
Very useful guide which I will use for the next year deepening my pranayama practice.
Gwen
Mar 08, 2020 rated it liked it
A very long and comprehensive guide to Pranayama. 6/10.
clay
Apr 18, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in pranayama
I actually enjoyed the Forward more so than the book itself. Even though it is chocked with valuable info, I felt as if the 'travel' analogy was a bit forced and the amount of props required for most of the exercises scared me off. ...more
Charlene
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Hatha-Yoga seeks to nourish and preserve the physical vehicle and transform it into a divine body (divya-deha) or diamond body (vajra-deha), "lustrous and brilliant with a divine smell and diseaseless," with miraculous powers (siddhi) of its own." p. 31 ...more
Jobie
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
Great book for beginners for breath work. It starts with witnessing your breath. He goes into great detail about this and the importance of it. He's also very funny. He's easy to read and has great drawings that help explain things. ...more
Amanda
Jun 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very detailed information about the power of Pranayama. There are also references to Yoga Sutras and Upanashads, that I find useful.
Bill
Jul 04, 2008 is currently reading it
Taking a crack at this one again from the library. I like what I had read before.
limber tender
Feb 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
An intelligent, aware guide to developing a safe, effective pranayama practice
Girl on a shelf
Nov 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Hard to get into, but worth it. Everything you never knew you were afraid of in regard to breathing!
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