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A book review of:

   The Breathing Book
              by Donna Farhi
  Book Review Highlights:
  • Breathing well and reducing stress go hand in hand.
  • Breathing cleanses the doors of perception.
  • Our emotional states are mirrored in our breathing.

Good Health and Vitality Through Essential Breath Work:
--a practical guide to improving concentration,
      deepening relaxation, and much more

   One of the paradoxes of life is its simplicity.

   We constantly try to make life more difficult than it is. Doing this, doing that, going here, going there. We search for what we lack. We are sure each yearning, if satisfied, will give us the life we desire.

   But the greatest part of happiness is found in the simplest things. If we can move our body as it was designed to move, if we can speak what is within us to speak, if we can sing, dance, and laugh, we will find more pleasure than we can imagine.

   Above all, if we can breathe freely, we will recapture that bounteous sense of life we had as children. Breathing well is more than the exchange of carbon dioxide and oxygen. It is inseparable from our health, our consciousness and our well being.

   This book of inquiry into how we breathe can give joy. It can change your perception of life. And as William Blake said, "If the doors of perception were cleansed, every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite."

   Donna Farhi is an internationally known teacher of yoga and natural breathing. Her gentle tone invites the reader to participate in the calming of emotions and the fullest enjoyment of life.

From The Breathing Book:

--"What has happened to us in the past can imprint itself in the way we breathe today."

--"Trauma, fears, and chronic insecurities in our pasts can become cellularly encoded so that regardless of our chronological age we may continue to be a child for the rest of our lives--living and breathing as if every day were a series of yesterdays."

--"The deeper causes of breath holding patterns must necessarily take us beyond discussions of stress and our reaction to it, and bring us face to face with our own confusion about our values, our accelerated lifestyle, and the cultural and social forces that may be holding us hostage."

--"If you can be patient during these inquiries, you will find that the breath will magically open to you in the same way that a knot falls open when you play with it patiently. There is very little between you and the magic of this opening."

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