Insomnia? Gone. Anxiety? Gone. All without medication. Unpleasant side effects from blood pressure pills? Gone. A cheap and effective way to combat cardiovascular disease, immune dysfunction, obesity, and GI disorders? Yes. Sounds too good to be true? Believe it.
Contemporary science confirms what generations of healers have observed through centuries of practice: Breath awareness can turn on the body’s natural abilities to prevent and cure illness. The mental and physical stresses of modern life, such as anxiety, frustration, sexual dysfunction, insomnia, high blood pressure, digestive woes, and immune dysfunction can all be addressed through conscious control of your breath. In addition, it can increase energy, accelerate healing, improve cognitive skills, and enhance mental balance.
Yet most of us stopped breathing in the anatomically “right” way, the way to take advantage of these benefits, when we were four or five years old. We now mostly breathe in a way that is anatomically incongruous and makes for more illness. Dr. Vranich shows readers how to turn back the tide of stress and illness, and improve the overall quality of their life through a daily breathing workout. In a fascinating, straightforward, jargon-free exploration of how our bodies were meant to breathe, Dr. Belisa Vranich delves into the ins and outs of proper breathing. By combining both anatomy and fitness with psychology and mindfulness, Dr. Vranich gives readers a way of solving health problems at the crux and healing themselves from the inside out. BREATHE is an easy-to-follow guide to breathing exercises that will increase energy, help lose weight, and make readers feel calmer and happier.
In this debut work, Vranich, a clinical psychologist and health commentator, asserts that changing one's breathing can change one's life, and to this end offers illustrated exercises for altering "dysfunctional" breathing patterns. Citing experience with her personal clients, she makes the case for breathing awareness and improvement, maintaining that better breathing can alleviate digestive problems, lower blood pressure, and help a person lose weight, heal faster, and control stress. The author asserts that most people have forgotten how to breathe fully, or are "underbreathing," due to unhealthy lifestyles and environments. The concept of breathing awareness may strike some readers as far-fetched and unsubstantiated by scholarly research, but Vranich will win them over with her detailed descriptions of strenuous-sounding but practical exercises to expand lung capacity and improve diaphragm strength. For those suffering from shortness of breath or ailments related to breathing or core strength, this work and its accompanying exercises depict an appealing and methodical program for improvement.
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How to breathe
"What if I said I had a medicine that would keep you calm but alert? That would relax and energize you? That would help you recover, boost your immune system, lower the oxidative stress that causes aging, power you up, and fuel every cell in your body, from your frazzled brain to your taxed muscles?"
Some pretty powerful words and all you have to do is breathe right. To say the least, I was intrigued. I remember being told a long time ago that to get enough oxygen to your brain, you needed to breathe deeply. So when I saw this book, I had to get it. I'm curious what I could possibly do for my health just by breathing differently. I just finished this book so I can't say that this will change my life, but I liked what I read and I'm going to give it a try.
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