|The Tao of Natural Breathing:
For Health, Well-Being, and Inner Growth
ISBN 1-930485-14-X | $14.95
paperback | 208 pages
5 1/2" X 8"
| About the Book
In The Tao of Natural Breathing, Dennis Lewis draws on his many years of study in the Gurdjieff Work, Advaita Vedanta, and the Healing Tao to show how we can incorporate natural (whole-body) breathing into our lives to improve our health, increase our energy, and support our quest for self-knowledge and inner growth.
In his introduction, Lewis defines natural breathing, and warns the reader about the dangers inherent in practicing pranayama (yogic breathing techniques) prematurely. These cautions are of vital concern to yoga teachers and practitioners.
Chapter 1 provides a clear and concise description of the anatomy and physiology of breathing, illustrated wtih elegant line-drawings.
Chapter 2 focuses on learning ways to sense ourselves more completely and accurately—to consciously occupy our bodies by means of our breath.
Chapter 3 describes the Taoist vision of energy and breath, and includes breathing practices to open the three primal energy centers of the body, and to feel the movement of chi (the vital energy).
Chapter 4 extends the work of the previous chapter to include the whole body. Only when the whole body breathes do we gain fullest assess to our inner healing power.
Chapter 5 introduces simple techniques for opening the three breathing spaces of the body, and for encouraging the inner feeling of spaciousness. The author includes suggestions on how to use spacious breathing in times of stress and in everyday life.
Chapter 6 teaches the smiling breath, based on the Taoist practice of the inner smile, which recognizes the power of the smile to help transform our attitudes and energies.
Chapter 7 involves circulating the vital breath. By learning to breath vitality into every corner of our being, we promote the expansion of our inner consciousness.
The Appendix offers other more specialized breathing techniques, such as digestive breathing, bellows breathing, and reverse abdominal breathing.