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
  • The Diaphragm – the Gate of the Heart

by Adarsh Williams

The first breath we take marks our entry into the world, and the last breath signals our departure, how          we manage the breaths in between has much to do with the quality of life that we lead.   Read more.

  • The ‘Muscle of the Soul’ may be Triggering Your Fear and Anxiety

    by Brett Wilbanks, Staff Writer, Waking Times

    The psoas major muscle (pronounced “so-as”) is often referred to as the deepest core, or as yoga therapist and film-maker Danielle Olson states, the “muscle of the soul.” This core-stabilizing muscle located near the hip bone affects mobility, structural balance, joint function, flexibility, and much more. In addition to its function to help keep the body upright and moving, the psoas is believed to allow you to connect with the present moment especially when it is stretched out and tension is released from the body.  Read more.

  • How To Activate Your Diaphragm To Improve Breathing And Performance

   by Simon Kidd, Coach Cycling

   In my own experience, many people could also benefit from some simple exercises to improve activation of    the diaphragm, because when performing at a high intensity, the ability to supply oxygen and remove       waste product via respiration will affect your performance no matter how much strength work you have        done previously.  Read more.

  • Paralysis of the Diaphragm

© 2015-2017

Diaphragmatic paralysis is due to an interruption in its nervous supply. This can occur in the phrenic nerve, cervical spinal cord, or the brainstem. It is most often due to a lesion of the phrenic nerve:

Mechanical trauma: ligation or damage to the nerve during surgery.

Compression: due to a tumour within the chest cavity.

Myopathies: such as myasthenia gravis.

Neuropathies: such diabetic neuropathy.  Read more.

  • Sports Breathing Techniques

    by Jessica Owens

    Breathing techniques change depending on the sport and can make a huge difference in the quality of your athletic pursuit. For example, running, yoga and swimming all have different techniques you can use to maximize performance. By employing sports breathing techniques, you can increase your speed, endurance and strength, and improve the overall quality of your workout.  Read more.

  • Breathing Right – the basis to good core stability by Gold Coast Physio and Sports Healthby Gold Coast Physio and Sports Health
  • Everyone has probably heard the term “Core Strength”.  In the last ten years it has become a common term used to describe muscles that stabilize the spine, torso and abdomen.  These muscles include the inner core transverse abdominus, pelvic floor, diaphragm and multifidus and the outer core including the rest of the abdominals, erector spinae, and other large muscles of the pelvis and hip. Read more.


  • Winding

    by SportsmedBC

     Winding occurs when there is temporary paralysis (spasm) of the diaphragm muscle. It is often caused by a direct blow to the abdomen and/or chest, a fall on the back, or a fall on the buttocks. Although it can be briefly traumatic leading the athlete to panic or hysteria, the condition is of no real significance. Read more

  • The Human Body: Anatomy, Facts & Functions

    by Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer, Life ScienceHealth

    The human body is everything that makes up, well, you. The basic parts of the human body are the head, neck, torso, arms and legs.  Read more.

  • Respiration

    from The Singing Cure by Paul Newham

    Breath can be thought of as two simple processes: chest expands, air is drawn in-the chest compresses, air gets pushed out-inhalation – exhalation

    The Greek word psyche, meaning ‘soul’, has the same root as psychein, meaning ‘to breathe’; and the Greek word pneuma, meaning ‘spirit’, also means ‘wind’. Furthermore, the Latin words animus, meaning ‘spirit’, and anima, meaning ‘soul’, come from the Greek anemos, which is another word for ‘wind’. Similar connections also exist in Arabic and German and they remind us that in many cultures the notions of psyche, spirit and soul have been related to the idea of the movement of air.

    This connection between air and soul is also contained in the fact that the human voice as the audible expression of the psyche can only be created through the emission of air from the body. Read more.


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