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The Yoga of Breath: Pranayama

  1. Light on Pranayama the Yogic Art of Breathing (1995)
  2. The Yoga of Breath- A Step-By-Step Guide to Pranayama (2002)
  3. Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha (2002)
  4. Science of Breath- A Practical Guide (1998)
  5. Prana Pranayama Prana Vidya (2002)
  6. The Breath of Life- Mastering the Breathing Techniques of Pranayama and Qi Gong (1993)
  7. Chakra Breathing- Breath As Pathway to Energy, Harmony and Self-Healing (Audio - 1997)
    See also:
    Buteyko Method
    Rebirthing
    Qigong (Chi Kung)



Light on Pranayama the Yogic Art of Breathing
by B. K. S. Iyengar, Yehudi Menuhin (Designer)

Paperback: (June 1995)
Crossroad/Herder & Herder; ISBN: 0824506863

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Iyengar Perfection, August 23, 1998
Reviewer: An Amazon.com Customer from US
There are not many sources for the westerner who wishes to explore the depths of pranayama. This book is an exhaustive look into the art of breathing. It is complete,it is detailed and technical and it comes from an acknowledged guru.It is more than any other "modern" guru or yoga organization has put out in book form about the subject. For anyone who wishes to investigate and practice pranayama this is the classic.


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The Yoga of Breath: A Step-By-Step Guide to Pranayama
by Richard Rosen

Paperback: 320 pages; 1st edition (August 2002)
Publisher: Shambhala; ISBN: 1570628890

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Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha
by Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Paperback - 553 pages; 12th edition (November 2002)
Publisher: Bihar School of Yoga; ISBN: 8186336141

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Book Description
Asana Prana Yama Mudra bandha is recognised internationally as one of the most systematic yoga manuals today. Since it's first publication by the Bihar School of yoga in 1969 it has been reprinted thirteen times and translated into many languages. It is the main reference text used by Yoga teachers and students of Bihar Yoga/Satyananda Yoga within the International Yoga Movenet, and many other traditions as well.

This comprehensive text provides clear illustrations. step by step directions and details of chakra awareness. It guides the practitioner or teacher from the simplest to the most advanced practices of hatha yoga system. A therapeutic index is provided for use by doctors and yoga therapists incorporating recent information from research into yoga. This edition successfully brings the exposition of yoga practices to the standard of a university text.


About the Author
Swami Satyananda was born at Almora in 1923.In 1943 he met Swami Sivananda in Rishikesh and adopted the Dakshnami sanyasa way of life. In 1955 he left his guru's ashram to live as a wandering mendicant and later founded the International Yoga Fellowship in 1963 and the Bihar School Of Yoga in 1964.Over the next twenty 20 years Swami Satyananda toured internationally and authored over 80 books. In 1987 he found Satyannada Math,a charitable institution for aiding rural development, and the Yoga Research Foundation. In 1988 he renounced his mission, adopting khestra sanyasa, and now lives as a paramahansa sannyasin.


Reader Review
Excellent for teaching and learning, February 29, 2000
Reviewer: Manoj K Nanda from Berkshire, UK
As an Integral yoga tutor, I would recommend this book as perfect for teaching and learning. It describes class progression in a very simple way, developing sequences and postures as the book progresses into the advanced sections.

It is also a very popular book amongst the students of my beginners and improvers classes - they can directly refer to sections aimed at their ability.

I was very lucky to be given this book as a gift by a friend and would recommend it as an excellent book to introduce and cover the subject of Yoga.


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Science of Breath: A Practical Guide
by Alan Hymes, Swami Rama, Rudolph M. Ballentine

Paperback: 119 pages (May 1998)
Himalayan Institute Press; ISBN: 0893891517

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People laughed at the image of pretzel-legged yogis focusing on the tip of their noses- until Swami Rama walked into a laboratory and showed scientists what a yogi with control over his respiration can actually do. Before astonished researchers, he demonstrated perfect control over his heart rate and brain waves- control physiologists hadnt believed humans could possibly achieve.

For thousands of years, yogic adepts have claimed that breath is the essential link between body and mind, energizing a subtle body which connects the physical and mental aspects of our being. In this landmark book, Swami Rama and two noted American physicians explore the science of breath as the missing key to both physical health and the attainment of higher states of consciousness. Basic yogic breathing techniques are explained so that we can immediately begin working with this powerful ancient science.


About the Author
Swami Rama founded the Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy, the Himalayan Insititute Hospital Trust in India, and many centers throughout the world. A student of both Himalayan cave monasteries and European universities, he founded the Himalayan Institute to create a bridge between the ancient teachings of the East and modern scientific approaches of the West.

Rudolph Ballentine, M.D., is a respected leader in the field of alternative and complementary medicine. A physician and psychiatrist, he studied medicine in the U.S., psychology in the U.S. and France, and both Ayurveda and homeopathy in India.


Reader Review
Superb Start to Yoga, May 5, 2003
Reviewer: Patrick Nolan from San Jose, CA United States
This book is a potential life changer and will make you rethink the way you think about health. Breath as discussed by Rama and the others is revealed as THE center to all life, our life, Yoga, and to how "happy' we are in both body and mind (i.e., OM). What's great is getting a nice Western emprical discussion of the physiology of breath, and then getting Rama's discussion of breath in the context of Yoga. Another cool part is understanding how important the nose is to breathing and health. A very practical and fascinating book and a great beginning to Yoga.


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Prana Pranayama Prana Vidya
by Swami Niranjanananda

Paperback - 422 pages (June 12, 2002)
Bihar School of Yoga; ISBN: 8185787840

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Book Description
This is an informative text on prana featuring the classic practices taught by Bihar School Of Yoga. Through the techniques of pranayama and prana vidya, the vital force within the mind and body can be activated, regulated and increased. This Book discusses the theory of prana and presents a systematic account of the pranayama practices, including instructions and illustrations and the different stages of prana vidya and other forms of psychic healing.
This Edition includes the original prana vidya practice as taught by Swami Satyananda.

Suitable for intermediate to advanced practitioners.


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The Breath of Life: Mastering the Breathing Techniques of Pranayama and Qi Gong
by George Ellis

Paperback - (October 1993)
Newcastle Publishing Co; ISBN: 0878771832

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Now you can maximize your body's potential with a unique exercise program geared specifically toward your health needs. Filled with photos that demonstrate different breathing and sitting positions, The Breath of life explores over 20 Hatha Yoga postures, 20 Qi Gong techniques, and 12 Pranayama exercise programs. And with a special section that recommends breathing techniques to alleviate a variety of health problems from asthma to msomma, even those with specific maladies can reap the benefits of these ancient breathing methods.
A practitioner of Patanjali's Astanga Yoga, George Ellis has studied the Yoga classics as well as the works of Sri Aurobindo, Ramakrishna, Vivekananda, Krishnamurti. and Swami Ramdass for over 20 years.


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Chakra Breathing: Breath As Pathway to Energy, Harmony and Self-Healing
by Helmut G. Siecza, Helmut Sieczka

Audio Cassette: (January 1997)
Publisher: LifeRhythm; ISBN: 0940795159

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This audiocassette consists of two guided meditations. Side One is a morning meditation and Side Two is an evening meditation. It is meant as a supplement to the book CHAKRA BREATHING which gives very clear pictures of postures for these breathing exercises.


Review
Great Introduction on Chakras & Breathing, May 21, 1998
Reviewer: Derek (hermes8@backinsf.com) from San Francisco, CA
This is a really neat little booklet explaining the basics not only of Chakra Breathing techniques but of the nature, origin & function of Chakras. The book goes into details of the dis-ease that comes when a Chakra is out of balance, symptoms to look for and describes in detail what a fully functioning Chakra's effects are like.

The tone of the book gives very good information for the reader, never talking down or extending over the reader's head.

The tape that follows the book goes into specific breathing patterns for each of the Chakras. At times I thought the music was a bit too loud and overshadowed the recordings of breath patterns, but overall a good cassette to have.

I have a lot of cassette tapes on this subject & this one was very satisfying.

Oh I should mention that the book when you see it may seem to be rather small but the content makes up for it. Very enjoyable reading!


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