Breathing Library

Welcome to our breathing library. Here you will find books, articles, media and websites that we think you should see. They all have one thing in common: they stress the importance of breathing right to a healthy and happy life. This is by no means a complete list and we encourage you to send us the title of any source that you feel will make a suitable addition. This page is updated as we come across great new sources so check it often!


  • “One thing all living human beings have in common is breathing. Breath is the essence of life. Breathing is so automatic that we never think much about it until something gets in the way of our breathing. It is so simple, yet most people do it wrong….The basic principles are to inhale slowly and deeply, filling your lungs as completely as possible, and then to exhale the same way, expelling all the waste products and distributing the oxygen you’ve retained. This kind of breathing also works the diaphragm and, consequently, massages several internal organs.”
    from Study Smarter, Not Harder, Kevin Paul, MA, Page 40-41
  • “Someone recently showed me the annual prospectus of a large spiritual organization.  When I looked through it, I was impressed by the wide choice of interesting seminars and workshops. It reminded me of a smorgasbord, one of those Scandinavian buffets where you can take your pick from a huge variety of enticing dishes. The person asked me whether I could recommend one or two courses. “I don’t know,” I said. “They all look so interesting. But I do know this,” I added. “Be aware of your breathing as often as you are able, whenever you remember. Do that for one year, and it will be more powerfully transformative than attending all of these courses. And it’s free.”
    from A New Earth, Awakening to your Life’s Purpose, Eckhart Tolle, Page 244
  • “The key to good health is the efficient working of the cardiovascular system-the heart, lungs and blood circulation. Each relies on the other and they do their job so automatically that you hardly need think about it. Yet just one element is vital to all – air.
    To remain in prime condition at any age, you must power the system with your breathing, ensure that air flows unhindered to all parts of the body. To breathe freely you must make a conscious effort to control and shape your breath.”

    from The Power of Breathing, Ute Gerzabek, Page 11
  • “Breathing affects your respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, muscular, and psychic systems and also has a general effect on your sleep, your memory, your energy level, and your concentration. Everything you do, the pace you keep, the feelings you have, and the choices you make are influenced by the rhythmic metronome of your breath.”
    from The Breathing Book, Donna Farhi, Introduction xiv
  • “While working with the SAGE Project (a project that worked in a holistic manner with men and women sixty-five years old and older to promote self-development and enhanced health) I and others experimented with a variety of growth techniques and practices in an attempt to revitalize the minds and bodies of older men and women. Among the practices that we experimented with were relaxation training, electromyograph biofeedback, deep breathing, hatha yoga, bodymind awareness exercises, massage, Feldenkrais exercises, individual counseling, meditation, T’ai Chi, music therapy and Gestalt therapy.After the first year of practice and research we interviewed the participants about which of the techniques seemed to be most effective for each of them in the restoration of emotional energy, physical well-being, and feelings of interpersonal connected-ness.The answer was almost unanimous: deep breathing.How remarkable that a process so simple could wield such profound power and have such possibilities for people who are more exaggeratedly blocked than many of us younger folks. My experience with these people has overwhelmingly reconfirmed my belief that the degree to which we allow the flow of life to breathe through our bodymind profoundly influences the degree to which we are in fact “alive,” regardless of age.”
    from Bodymind, Ken Dychtwald, Page 147-148


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