Breathwork helps you to relax and de-stress, it can iron out the nervous tension and worry of the daily grind and busy modern lives. It can help yo...
Breathwork is the generic term for specific breathing exercises where the breathing is done in conscious and systematic ways, with specific purposes in min...
The Healing Power of the Breath, Simple techniques to reduce stress and anxiety, enhance concentration, and balance your emotions
By Richard P. Brown, MD and Patricia L. Gerbarg, MD, Shambala Publications, London, 2012, 168 pages + audio CD, £ 14.10
As the title of this book points out in detail, this is all about learning to ‘breathe yourself’ to better health. It gives clear instruction as to how to practise breathing techniques to reduce stress and improve physical and mental wellbeing. The authors both have long experience of teaching these techniques. Richard Brown is associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University and Patricia Gerbarg has the same position at New York Medical College. Their techniques are derived from yoga, qigong as well as modern breathing and meditation techniques.
The techniques are designed to slow down the natural breathing pattern, to balance the breathing pattern and to use sound as part of one’s breathing. By balancing and harmonising the breathing pattern we automatically balance and harmonise the body and brain. This in turn has an impact on thoughts and emotions, which in turn leads to increased inner wellbeing, both mental but also physical since the body usually suffers from negative thoughts and emotions.
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My goal, well one of my life's goals is to help bring awareness of Breathwork to our cultural and global consciousness. I would love to see Breathwork make it to critical mass the tipping point for cultural awareness in my life time. I am doing everything I can think of to make this happen. Part of that was writing the book Thirteen Breaths to Freedom a short and simple how to book.
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Bringing up children is a task as old as human history. Yet we still seem to need to learn a lot about to how do this in a way that benefits the child. Why is this? The answer is not exactly straight forward.
Bringing up a child involve giving the child the skills and ability to fit into the society in which the child lives. For millennia these skills mainly comprised basic, practical learning. Farming and manual labour were the main occupations for the majority of the population. Times were often a lot tougher than today and survival had a far greater priority than emotional considerations. If a child learnt the basics of right and wrong and how to use their hands, this would be regarded as sufficient to set them up for a successful life.
Today this situation has dramatically changed. In a very short time, from an evolutionary viewpoint, society has changed dramatically in most parts of the world. The skills required in previous generations are no longer sufficient to set children up for life. The distance from pre-industrial society, where people seldom travelled further from their birth place than they could walk, to today's global migrations is a very far indeed. Obviously, in pre-industrial society it was a lot easier to learn how to fit in to a small group with clearly shared values. Now, on the other hand, we live in a global world where we need to learn to get on with people from very different backgrounds. Shared values can no longer be assumed. Stress is usually caused from very different sources and higher demands on life rather than survival. This means a lot more demands on each individual to be mentally and emotionally flexible.