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review 2016-11-22 21:30
What type of breather are you?
Breathe: The Simple, Revolutionary 14-Day Program to Improve Your Mental and Physical Health - Belisa Vranich

Everyone should read this book! It explains how our breathing changes throughout our lives due to stress, trauma and anxiety and how we start to hold our bellies tight and breathe up in our chest area.  That type of breathing doesn’t allow your body enough oxygen and can lead to many different types of health problems, including heart problems, insomnia, anxiety, high blood pressure, obesity, GI tract difficulties and even memory problems.  This is a 14-day program that will re-teach your body to breathe as you did when you were a child, using the diaphragm instead of chest muscles.


I’ve become more aware of my breathing since starting up yoga practice once again a few months ago. I found this book to be so helpful in re-training my body to breathe the way I should be breathing.  I’ve only be using the book a few days and already feel the expansion in my ribs and lungs.  The muscles in my back are a bit sore due to the increased use of those particular muscles that haven’t been used in many years due to the short, shallow, upper body breaths I’ve been taking.


The book includes simple, quick exercises that you can use to strengthen those muscles used in breathing to give you increase your lung capacity. I thought the beginning of the book read like an infomercial and was a bit repetitive.  But stick with it as when the author gets to the exercises, they are excellent.  Quite a few of them I’ve been using in my yoga practice so were familiar to me.  There’s also an excellent section for athletes.  The book is very easy to read and understand.


I’ve always been an admirer of Dr. Andrew Weil and there’s a quote by him included in the book that I’d like to share. “If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be simply to learn to breathe correctly.”


Here’s to better breathing for all! Highly recommended book.


This book was given to me by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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