In this acclaimed classic--updated with a new Preface--an opera singer, voice teacher, and chi kung expert proposes a simple program of abdominal deep breathing exercises to improve performance and well-being. 25 illustrations.
'A marvellously beautiful and sensitive book.’ Jon Kabat-Zinn ‘Inspiring.’ Professor Mark Williams, author of Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world The secret to living mindfully. Just don’t breathe a word of it...
1887-1897 If you are interested in breathing, health, voice, music - this book is for you! Some of the contents: Physiology or Imitation; the Theory of Breathing; the Act of Expiration During Singing; the Method of Taking and Controlling the Breath.
From author Janie DeVos comes a poignant and richly detailed novel set in 1950s North Carolina, where one young woman struggles to save her own life—and finds the strength to truly live it. When Kathryn Cavanaugh steps over the threshold of the Pelham Sanatorium in 1954, she has no idea when, or if, she will ever leave it again. Despite the rise of promising new treatments, Tuberculosis is still feared and often fatal. But twenty-four-year-old Kate has proven her resilience before, leaving her Blue Ridge Mountain home for a very different life in the city with her ambitious attorney husband, Geoffrey. For the sake of her family, especially her young son, she’s determined to get healthy again. The sanatorium is a strange battlefield, with every patient fighting for survival amidst a numbing routine of tests, treatment, and enforced rest. Kate quickly finds camaraderie among the women on her ward—and a growing kinship with fellow patient Philip McAllister. As weeks pass, the hospital’s confines come to offer more independence than Geoffrey’s preoccupation with status ever allowed. And with this surprising new discovery comes the courage to contemplate the choices she has made—and, perhaps, the chance to breathe freely at last…
Breath in Action looks at the significance of breath to human life - not just the simple fact that if we stop breathing, we die, but also the more subtle ways in which our breath interacts with our voice and our being. Written by experts in vocal and holistic practice, the book is divided into four sections: Breath and the Body; Breath and the Mind; Breath and Holistic Practice; Breath and Performance. It offers the latest theories from a variety of disciplines on how we can be taught to breathe better so as to communicate better, act or sing better, feel better, live better. Combining theory with practice, many of the chapters also offer clearly laid out breathing exercises and techniques. Interdisciplinary in its focus, Breath in Action adds to specialist knowledge in the performance field, whilst also offering enlightening information for those interested in therapeutic and healing processes, movement, and voice and speech sciences.
If yoga and doodling had a baby, this book would be it Explore your breath mindfully through a series of simple, relaxing and creative drawing exercises in this meditative and gorgeously illustrated book. You don't need to be good at drawing; you don't need to be a yogi, or an expert at meditation; you don't need anything but a pencil, and your breath. Combining the hot-trend topics of health, mindfulness and yoga along with adult creativity and coloring books, this is the perfect book to help you make breathtaking art.
Breathing is the most fundamental of our body's physical processes, yet most of us give it little or no thought in our daily lives. However, once fully acknowledged and harnessed, the power of the breath is unlimited - enhancing self-confidence, sharpening the ability to focus, easing stress and anxiety, strengthening the quality of the voice and even helping to relieve pain. A Sanskrit proverb claims, 'If you breathe well, you will live long on earth'. Renowned yoga teacher Swami Saradananda aims with "The Power of Breath" to give gentle guidance on the art of breathing. The introduction explains the basics of breathing and the complex connection between the breath and the subtle body, as well as offering advice on rediscovering natural breathing and preparing for breathing exercises.The sections that follow then lead the reader through five types of breath - vitalizing, nourishing, expansive, cleansing and expressive. Over 30 life-enriching breathing exercises are explained within these sections, each one beautifully illustrated for clarity and maximum visual appeal. There is a final section of mini breathing programs that helps you to specifically target common ailments and issues such as asthma, skin disorders, depression, lethargy and phobias as well as harnessing your breath to enhance vocal, dramatic or sports performance.