Thousands of years ago the great Eastern sages discovered that breath tapped directly into the link between man and nature, between body and mind. These discoveries evolved into a science that was used to heal the body-mind, optimize health, increase longevity, dissolve fear, and develop higher states of consciousness. This book is about breathing, but it is not a technical book or simply a collection of exercises. Let it be a personal book about your life and your breath. Let it be inspirational and meditative. Use it as a tool for self-exploration. Allow it to be a companion as you learn to open your awareness, heal your emotions, and get in touch with the rhythms of your body.
As you read, you will become more aware of your breathing. But you don’t really have to think about it. You just have to be with your breath, follow it easily, and allow it to change. And as you experience the natural flow of your breathing you will notice that everything else in your life begins to move more freely. Many of these pieces can be used as exercises. But be playful with them. Do what appeals to you. There is no goal to achieve. Just be easy with yourself and your own breath will lead the way. Pick up the book and open it anywhere. It is for you to use in any way you wish.
The Power of the Breath (an excerpt)
The breath is remarkable.
You can learn a lot from the breath. It is profoundly wise.
It’s true that every emotion, physical condition, resistance,
disturbance, or tension you have is connected to your breath.
Do you ever notice that you are holding your breath?
Remember what you do when you are afraid, or tense, or worrying
about something? Or how your breath is when you are feeling
happy? Or sad? Or when you’ve been sitting at your desk all day?
It’s the breath that is carrying the message.
The breath can be your best friend. It can be a tool to balance,
release, and free your mind and body. It can bring you
strength and courage. It can calm you down or give you energy.
Breathing is an art.
But you don’t need to be taught how to breathe.
Breathing needs not to be taught, but liberated.
Gentle, conscious, flowing, moving —
the power of the breath.
“Exhilarating, refreshing, and rejuvenating….
‘Breathing Into Life’ will liberate you from your old hurts
and traumas and release you into the joy of life.”
DEEPAK CHOPRA, M.D.
About the Author
Bija Bennett is a Chicago-based author, artist, and filmmaker who is able to convey the tenets of mind-body health in remarkably engaging ways. Founder of the international lifestyle company, YogaAway LLC, she has produced numerous films on health, yoga, lifestyle, and culture that combine the healing and performing arts. As an entrepreneur and public speaker, she shares her insights with diverse audiences, enabling them to live a healthy, balanced, and meaningful life.