The Power of Your Breath

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Description

The Power of Your Breath is an easy to understand and practical self-help book written for those of you who wish to improve your health, boost your energy and ability to enjoy life, and at the same time help you grow as a person. The purpose of the book is to communicate simple knowledge of good breathing techniques that you can apply anytime, anywhere. For many it has become a life-changing book when realizing the power of our breath and then got the tools to improve their breathing patterns.

Okay, that sounds great — but what’s the catch? There is no catch. The only potential obstacle is whether or not you are prepared to do the job necessary to improve your breathing habits. The book gives you the tools, but it is up to you to use them.

The Importance of Breathing

We spend an enormous amount of money on the quest for improving our health, our looks, our weight, our fitness, our sleep, our energy, and our sex lives. But the fact is that we already have the secret key to all of these and more.  What’s more, it doesn’t require you to spend a single penny.

The key to better looks, greater sex, improved health, reduced stress, and a much healthier, trimmer and more energetic body lies in something that is such a natural and fundamental part of our lives that we rarely even think about it—namely, our breathing!

We all know the importance of breathing. But few of us understand that HOW we breathe affects every single aspect of our life. Poor breathing habits, such as breathing too much, too shallowly, holding our breath, or feeling as if we are not breathing at all, can cause major stress to our body, resulting in oxygen depletion and energy shortage.

And that’s just the beginning. HOW you breathe can also change your looks by altering the shape and position of your teeth, chin, and bone structure; increase your weight by reducing your ability to burn fat; spoil your love life by reducing your stamina, blood flow and sexual enjoyment; affect your heart rate and intensify nervous anxiety and panic attacks, and even shorten your life.

The good news is it’s never too late to reverse the unhealthy side effects of poor breathing. In The Power of Your Breath, the author Anders Olsson reveals some simple yet profoundly effective techniques that have helped thousands of people discover how easy it is to change every aspect of their lives for the better, simply by changing how they breathe.

Now you too can learn how improving your breathing habits can help:

  • Normalize your blood pressure, circulation and heart rate
  • Increase restful sleep and energize your waking hours
  • Boost your body’s ability to burn fat
  • Strengthen your immune system
  • Improve your health, looks and sex drive
  • Cultivate calm and relaxation
  • Expand your awareness and accelerate your personal and spiritual growth and development with every breath you take.

Quick facts

Pages 260
Illustrations 50
Exercises 37
Science 120 references
Style Easy to read
Author Anders Olsson

Book Content

PART I – BREATHING IS THE ESSENCE OF LIFE

– Thanks – xi
– Seven Great Opportunities this Book has to Offer You – xiii
– Introduction – 1
– Chapter 1 – How Poor Breathing Impacts Your Health – 13
– Chapter 2 – How Breathing Works – 25


PART II – IMPROVE YOUR BREATHING NOW

– Chapter 3 – Five Simple Principles for Better Breathing – 41
– Chapter 4 – Retrain Your Breathing – 61
– Chapter 5 – Conscious Breathing for Stress Reduction – 81
– Chapter 6 – Conscious Breathing for Sports and Exercise – 99
– Chapter 7 – Working with the Relaxator to Improve Your Breathing – 121


PART III – BREATHING RETRAINING FOR SPECIFIC HEALTH ISSUES

– Chapter 8 – How Your Breathing Can Affect Your Teeth and Facial Development – 133
– Chapter 9 – Breathe Well, Sleep Well – 147
– Chapter 10 – Improving Your Breathing Protects Your Heart and Circulatory System – 163
– Chapter 11 – Breathing Better to Reduce Asthma, Allergy and COPD – 181
– Chapter 12 – Aches, Pains and Fatigue: How Breathing Right Can Help – 199
– Chapter 13 – Fat or Fit: Why Breathing Affects Your Digestion, Metabolism and Weight – 215
– Chapter 14 – The Science of Breathing – 227
– Chapter 15 – How Conscious Breathing Changed My Life – 243

– References – 247
– Index – 255


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10 reviews for The Power of Your Breath

  1. Ulla Knape
    5 out of 5

    LIFE RETURNS BY LEAPS AND BOUNDS AFTER MANY YEARS OF ILLNESS!
    Anders, I want to thank you for having written an incredibly brilliant book about how breathing affects our bodies. It is so informative and easy to read. I hope that many others read it and are motivated to start breathing consciously. Everyone knows that breathing is essential for life, but the quality of your breathing is absolutely vital for your health. That is what I have learned and have been able to experience. THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

    It has been 20 years since I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. 13 years ago, I became burnt out and was diagnosed with chronic fatigue, which led to an early retirement. Over all the years I have been plagued with heavy inner stress, low energy, a lot of pain, tense muscles, sleeping difficulties, and stomach problems. About two and a half months ago I came across the Conscious Breathing Retraining Program, and I feel so much better since I began to practice nasal breathing and use the Relaxator every day. It feels like a miracle!!

    My inner stress, which I lived with for about 15 years, has disappeared and my life is now filled with harmony and extra energy. I can’t wait until bedtime, when I can tape up my mouth with surgical tape. That’s when I rest easy in the knowledge that I am breathing through my nose and healing my body. I wake up earlier in the mornings than I used to, and I feel more rested. I use the Relaxator for several hours a day—when I’m cooking, out in the garden, ironing, driving, etc. I don’t feel like I have to. I want to.

    When my stomach makes itself known through painful bloating in my colon that’s when I use bicarbonate of soda: two pinches in half a glass of water taken with my meal for instance. It works really well and helps get my stomach back into balance. I go for a walk about four times a week, for around an hour each time. Before Conscious Breathing, I would have to stop and rest several times, but I don’t have to do that anymore. My newfound energy means that I can keep walking the whole time, without any difficulty.

    Compared to the long time I was ill, these past two and a half months are just a short period, and I am very aware that I may encounter obstacles on my way to better health. But hopefully, my story can inspire others who are in the same situation.

    You can read my full testimonial here

    – Ulla Knape

  2. Anna Bondesson
    5 out of 5

    THIS IS THE MOST USEFUL AND INTERESTING BOOK I HAVE EVER COME ACROSS!
    I just wanted to say that I have finished reading your book The Power of Your Breath and can say, without a shadow of a doubt, that it is the most useful and interesting book I have ever come across!” I have read many, many books about consciousness and have studied and practised it for over 10 years, now, but it has only really been a handful of books that have actually given me any food for thought. I can now say that your book stands above all the rest and will hold its position to symbolise the BASIS for all consciousness training.

    Without the right breathing, you can never put things right with your outer or inner self. Breathing is always a separate building block in the few books I have become fond of, but what has been missing over these years is exactly what I found in your book. You are knowledgeable and stick to the facts and clear explanations, which I fell for immediately. I’m allergic to fluffy/philosophical and chatty theories, which, unfortunately, is often the case when people write books about consciousness today.

    I’m looking forward to reading the book again, this time with a pencil at the ready so that I can underline everything I want to remember.. 🙂 ”

    You can read my full testimonial here

    – Anna Bondesson

  3. Lise Windfeld Bornerup
    5 out of 5

    This is the best book written on the subject this century.

    – Lise Windfeld Bornerup, Buteyko Breathing Instructor

  4. Bitten Jonsson
    5 out of 5

    I THOROUGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO EVERYONE
    I couldn’t stop reading. The book and the Relaxator are amongst the most amazing tools I’ve come across over the years. I’ve got so many new insights – revelations about new context that I’m taken. It’s a peace of the puzzle in my holistic education that has not been scientifically explained in a way that has caught my attention before. I thoroughly recommended the book to everyone.

    You can read my full testimonial here

    – Bitten Jonsson, Bittens Addiction

  5. Niclas Jönsson
    5 out of 5

    2014, THE YEAR WE BECOME AWARE OF HOW WE BREATHE!
    Surely there’s no art to breathing? Everyone can breathe! Is that so? I would never have dreamed that breathing can affect us so deeply, or that so many people seem unaware of what happens in the body when you take a breath. After having read 2014′s most important book, i.e. The Power of Your Breath, by breathing instructor Anders Olsson, I now have a deeper understanding of how breathing affects me in my daily life.

    The Power of Your Breath gives its readers a penetrating insight, in an easy to understand and interesting way, into the importance of being conscious of your breathing. Breathing affects your body and mind, both immediately and in the long term. Olsson, making a stunning debut as a writer, wants you, the reader, to recognise the importance differences between, mouth and nose breathing, for example. Sleep quality, stress reduction and being in balance are just some of the other important topics that Olsson elucidates on in The Power of Your Breath.

    For example, did you know that you could lose weight just be breathing through your nose, or get rid of tension, or be able to handle pain and anxiety or perform better, “just” through conscious breathing? Olsson tastefully blends together science with common sense and his own experiences. Buy your copy today (find where books are sold) and discover how you can practice conscious breathing!

    You can read my full testimonial here

    – Niclas Jönsson

  6. Malin Gustafsson
    5 out of 5

    ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ!
    One of the best books I’ve ever read. Partly because it is easy to read but also because it covers so many different aspects, and not just lists right off what’s good about breathing but in an in-depth fashion really explains in different parts, exercises, good things to think about. And I also liked that the author brought up examples of what a skeptical person had said, it made me smile because I recognized myself. 🙂

    I’m one of those that have asthma, allergies, narrow airways and have to take my medication. And I’m a habitual mouth breather, always. I have a friend who knows a lot about breathing, and she had told me about it, but I didn’t really get it….sort of dismising it saying, well, well….but after reading the book, with an open mind, I finally got it.

    I have to add that now, after a few weeks since I read the book, I am so much more aware of my breathing. To start with I found it scary to tape my mouth at night and also while exercising, but I have taken small steps and even though it was hard in the beginning it is so much easier now! My breathing is now more relaxed and rhythmical. This has made me feel calmer and more present. Really cool! I’ve experienced similar relaxation before when listening to relaxation CD’s, but when I stop listening it feels like there is something missing, and it feels like Conscious Breathing is it, soooo cool !!

    You can read my full testimonial here

    – Malin Gustafsson, self-employed

  7. Sandie Sedgbeer
    5 out of 5

    THE POWER OF YOUR BREATH SHOULD BE REQUIRED READING FOR EVERY PARENT AND EVERY CHILD
    We all know how fundamental breathing is, not just to staying alive, but also to the quality of our lives. But I wonder how many of us realize that the way we breathe is critical to so many more aspects that make life worth living. It certainly never occurred to me, until I read Anders Olsson’s book, that something as simple and natural as breathing could influence the way we look by affecting the way our facial bones develop. Or that breathing through the nose could boost one’s libido, ease bodily aches and pains, and even help us lose weight!

    Breathing properly is something that we all can learn to do. When one considers how much the average person spends these days on improving their looks, boosting their sex lives, and/or losing weight in order to look and feel good, I’m shocked that more of us don’t know about this powerful, easy and free solution to living a longer, healthier, pain-free life. The Power of Your Breath should be required reading for every parent and every child.

    – Sandra Sedgbeer, author, broadcaster, and radio/TV talk show host.

  8. Charles Franz
    5 out of 5

    THE DEFINITE WORK ON HEALTHY, ENERGIZING BREATH!
    Finally! The Power of Your Breath changes you, one breath at a time. Without hesitation nothing I have read or taken note of before explains in such a clear and motivating way how breathing affects you!

    A few moments with a plastic bag over your head. Or hyperventilating for a minute, or at least as long as it takes for your limbs to start twinge and numb a bit. I mean, these are simple methods for those who want to be convinced about the importance of our breathing for our wellbeing, both physically and mentally. Many of us have actually understood how important it is to breathe. Oxygen is good, right!?! But more and heavier breathing doesn’t do the trick, despite the opposite advice we may be given at the gym or when doing power walking. Why? Because we don’t breathe only to take in oxygen. We breathe to maintain a balance between the gases oxygen and carbon dioxide. When our breathing becomes heavy we take in too much oxygen (yes, it is possible) and at the same time we exhale to much carbon dioxide. All in all, hyperventilating, be it acute or hidden under the radar, can quickly amount to every cell in our body getting “plastics bag over their heads”. Despite full oxygenation in our blood. When the carbon dioxide levels becomes too low, oxygen cannot be delivered to our tissues in an efficient or effective way. And that, for sure, is a problem.

    So what do to now? Well, you can read Anders Olsson’s new book The Power of Your Breath. I have read a large number of books where breathing either is the main subject or a vital part. I practice a Russian form of martial arts where a special emphasis is put on the breath in all situations. And I can honestly say that nothing I have previously read or studied in such a clear, elegant, user-friendly and engaging way explains how to achieve a balanced breathing and how this balance affects your heart, brain, psychology, energy production and digestion, as The Power of Your Breath.

    (Your inner whining voice:)
    “But my personal yogi-trainer says that I shall breathe like this!”

    (Your inner authoritative voice:)
    “Ok I understand, but read The Power of Your Breath first and then make up your own mind.”

    (Read with an enlightened, holy voice:)
    “But my chakras, my kundalini-energy – how am I supposed to achieve a cosmic orgasm if I’m not…”

    (With AUTHORITY:)
    “Read The Power of Your Breath first. Then ask, if you need to.”
    (I think you got the point.)

    The point is that if you are loaded with knowledge about the function of our breath, how oxygen is delivered, all the positive things that carbon dioxide does for you (no, it is not only a waste gas or a green house gas) you can get all systems in your body, all activities, all yoga to work better and take you where you want. And yes, a conscious breath most likely means that your whole life will work better.
    Some hard facts to make it more concrete.

    In essence The Conscious Breathing Method presented in the book suggest five simple principles – a) breathe through your nose, b) using your diaphragm with deep breaths. Deep breaths doesn’t mean that they are big, just that it reaches deep down in your lungs. The breathing is also c) slow and relaxed, d) rhythmic and e) quiet and small. If you manage to breathe in this manner for just a part of our hourly 1000 breaths your body will experience immediate improvements. For example this means that:

    Your stress levels go down and your energy levels go up
    The time it takes to recover from disease will decrease and your ability to resist disease will improve.
    You become a better listener, thinker and yes – lover. (Potentially. Your mind calms down, brain hemispheres and nervous system is balanced and you become more present in your body, which feels nicer. So much we can say.)
    Your sleep improves and you wake up more rested
    Your body consumes resources in a calm manner and doesn’t wear you down as fast. (Could you live longer by breathing better?)
    You’ll get teeth like a movie star! (Well…but people that have the habit of breathing through their mouth will get a more even bite)

    Anders Olsson tells exactly how all of this happens, and why, in a clear and entertaining way. And if you still aren’t convinced I have yet another ace up my sleeve: You can get fat by poor breathing habits. When deprived of oxygen the human body turns to burning sugar over fat, since we cannot burn fat in the absence of oxygen. So by improving the way you breathe the increase oxygen levels reaching your cells will reset your body to burn more fat and you can start to lose weight.

    If you’re still alive and breathing, this book is for you.

    Enjoy!

    You can read my full testimonial here

    – Charles Franz, Program Director at Swedish National TV

  9. Kaja Michelson
    5 out of 5

    I RECOMMEND THE POWER OF YOUR BREATH TO ALL MY CLIENTS!
    We all know that breathing is important. But few of us understand that HOW we breathe affects every single aspect of our life”, states Anders Olsson in this extraordinary practical and inspiring book about the benefits of good breathing habits. As a coach in stress management I often meet people who suffer from asthma, allergies, high blood pressure, back pain, headaches, sleeping problems, depression, anxiety etc. I now recommend all of my clients to read this book as it helps them to understand more about the effects of their often poor breathing habits. Following Anders Olsson’s Conscious Breathing-method you will gain great health benefits in many areas of your life. You will experience deep relaxation while at the same time get a balanced nervous system and improved everyday health. The best part is that the information presented in the book is so easy to implement in your daily life. I personally sleep 1 hour less per night, I wake up feeling rested and awake and when under pressure I no longer wake up realizing that I have been going back to the old bad habit of grinding my teeth. To me this is amazing!

    I am so thankful for this hands-on and very practical book on how you can use your breathing to increase your life’s quality – physically, emotional, mentally. This book will teach you HOW, WHY and THAT it works when you start to breathe correctly, so if you want to feel and function better BUY it, READ IT, ACT ON IT and GIVE COPIES to all your friends!

    You can read my full testimonial here

    – Kaja Michelson, Exhale Coaching, Int. Dipl. Coach, Yoga and Meditation teacher

  10. 5 out of 5

    It was great! I am a nurse and I teach breathing to my patients every day, and one of their family members gave me this book.

    I really enjoyed it and have learned so much! I have adopted many of the techniques, and will continue to practice them. I will pass on tips to my family members and patients. Breathing is the most important thing we do, it is free and it helps with so many things, and we can do it anywhere. I plan to reread the book again. Thank you so much for a great book.

    – Cara Rauschl

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