Don'T Hold Your Breath (häftad)
Häftad (Paperback / softback)
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Polair Publishing
Stenhouse, Janita (ill.)
Janita Stenhouse
Line illustrations and black and white photos
147 x 183 x 7 mm
86 g
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Don'T Hold Your Breath (häftad)

Don'T Hold Your Breath

A Guide to Good Breathing

Häftad, Engelska, 2004-11-01
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The equation is simple - good breathing and good health go together. Because we breathe naturally, we rarely think about our breath and, yet better understanding of how we breathe could reduce stress and enable us to remain in control throughout every crisis. This little book can help every reader make that simple step forward. In "Don't Hold Your Breath", Jenny Beeken models good ways of breathing. Some of the ways she offers are specific exercises, like alternate nostril breathing, but, underlying them all, is the perception that, with only a small amount of practice, we could be infinitely more content. Although she is schooled in the lyengar tradition, Jenny's approach is as light-hearted as the title suggests. The theme of the book is release. At the same time, breathing is pranayama - the intake of spiritual food - and there is a deep spirituality to be found therein. Guidance on relaxation is part of the book and so is meditation, in a form easily understood by the beginner. Jenny's own life, with a lively daughter and a busy schedule, gives her every opportunity to understand how difficult it may be for all of us to take time and catch our breath. She trained in physics, but took up yoga on realising how well it brought together all that she needed for her own self-healing.
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Out of Breath Want to improve your pranayama techniques? Then get hold of a copy of Don't Hold your Breath, a guide to good breathing. Yoga magazine, February 2005 Jenny Beeken's third book is small and budget-priced. It offers detailed exercises and techniques that lead to better breathing. Jenny maintains that many of us hold our breath much of the time ? and she explores what makes us do that, and encourages us to become aware of how we breathe all the time. this excellent book will be equally useful to experienced practitioners and novices. Yoga Scotland Breathing Lessons So, you thought breathing was one bodily function you didn?t have to worry about? Well, you may be doing it all wrong, according to Jenny Beeken. Beeken is a yoga expert who believes that we all, erm, take breathing for granted. Learn some breathing skills, she says, and you can feel more energetic, relaxed and healthy. Her wisdom is now available in book form: Don?t Hold your Breath, Polair Publishing, price GBP6.99. The Independent, November 2004 Written by yoga teacher and founder of Heart Yoga Jenny beeken, the book is aimed at the beginner, offering descriptions of simple pranayama exercises with physiological explanation, as well as how to use hand mudras and mantra. The book explains the relationship between the breath and the mind and how simple breathing exercises can bring great psychological benefits. Yoga and Health, March 2005 DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH A Guide to Good Breathing Jenny Beeken Reviewed by Marianne Friend When I first saw the title - I did just that - I held my breath! I read a 'should not' in it and I'm not very good with 'should nots' or 'don'ts'. Then I laughed because it was my own thoughts being activated which produced my reaction and because of this I had acted out the title. Perfect for me to read the book! Although the many exercises and practices are yoga-based, the author emphasizes it is unnecessary to be a yoga student to perform them and to benefit from them. The first half of the book focuses in great detail on what is happening in the body as you breathe with exercises to sup-port this. I found this part sometimes slow reading because it required great concentration on my side to understand and visualize some of the exercises. I think some of my resistance was a lesson for me to slow down and relax into my breathing - which helped me to stay 'in the moment' and not go into my head - which is really what this book is all about. I practically galloped through the second half of the book because it engaged my emotions. This isn't too much of a sur-prise, as it deals with breathing and the emotions! First of all it focuses on Sound using the breath - and Sound helps our exhaling breath and is also very therapeu-tic emotionally. The book then covers all the emotions: anger, depression, fear and sadness and shows how breathing into these in the way the author outlines in the yoga breathing exercises, can dissolve them and bring into play their opposite, positive emotion. Two points of interest I found were: 1) The author often writes about breathing into the back body or the back of the rib cage, as this is apparently the largest part of the lungs, so that you optimize the speed at which you can breathe through an emotion whilst staying centred at the same time. You would also be more likely to respond rather than react to a situation whilst "you are strong in the back body"; 2) Keeping your spine straight can help you if you are depressed - although I don't think here she is talking about chronic, suicidal depression. The one thing I would have liked the author to have talked more about is the all-important influence our mind and thoughts have on our breathing and our bodies - and in our lives of course. Our breathing affects our mind and our mind affects our breathing. In fact, everything affects everything! In conclusion, I recommend this little book with its clear illustrations and lovely

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Jenny Beeken is the founder and principal of Heart Yoga, which trains yoga students in the awareness they need to be able to teach. It is based in Petersfield, Hampshire, UK, where Jenny lives with her daughter, Beth. She has trained with Shri B. K. S. Iyengar in India, with Angela Farmer and Victor van Kooten, and in the White Eagle Lodge. She is the author of YOGA OF THE HEART and YOUR YOGA BODYMAP FOR VITALITY, which is also available from Polair Publishing.


Introduction 1. Do you hold your breath? 2. Using all the lungs 3. The diaphragms of the body 4. Sound 5. Breathing and emotion: anger and calm 6. Breathing and emotion: depression and happiness 7. Breathing and emotion: fear and trust 8. Breathing and emotion: sadness and joy 9. Being aware through the breath