Your breath is a gateway to the vastness of the universe - and the path to your highest fulfillment. This is the premise behind Your Breathing Body, a landmark 2 volume breath-work curriculum from esteemed meditation teacher and Tibetan Buddhist scholar Reggie Ray.
Volume 1 presents an audio course with the beginner in mind. Volume 2 contains audio for the advanced practitioner. Blending somatic practices and breathing techniques from cultures and traditions around the world, Reggie gives you a practice-focused program that will show you how to "fathom your breath to its full depths" for physical healing, emotional balance, and, ultimately, the direct experience of who you are and where you fit in the cosmos.
©2008 Reginald Ray (P)2008 Reginald Ray
If you want a 10 minute "breath like this" instruction, this is not for you. Its very thorough and packed full of supporting info.
The other reviews made me hesitant, but I am very pleased I chose it. The order of the tracks seems fine now. As a long time armchair Buddhist, I heard many gems here I had never before.
If you're already familiar with the fundamentals from Reggie Ray's website, this set covers most of that ground, but with a bit more theoretical background.
The chapter numbering is different on the Cloud Player and the download version. There are no separate tracks within the chapters so you can't just skip to the guided meditation. Technically, it's a bit of a mess over all because this is not a conventional audiobook in which you listen from the beginning to the end. On top of that, Audible.com's bookmarking function is not always responsive. Ultimately, since I can't create bookmarks on the iPod, it's lousy for daily practice.
Great book for expanding meditation practice but not the guided breath practice I was looking for. Lots of valuable explanation and instruction about how to use these different practices. This would be very useful for someone looking to expand their repertoire of meditation/ visualization techniques.
GOOD: Listner is incouraged to lay down and create relaxation in the body.
NOT AS GOOD: Author speaks fast and grumbley which is very distracting when trying to follow along with him.
If you are truly intersted in "breath work," and the astounding power it holds in everyday life check out Let Every Breath by V. Vasilev.
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