several thousand years, yogis have drawn on the powerful practice of pranayama,
a technique of controlling the breath to maximize
or life energy. Pranayama has been practiced to rejuvenate the body and as a
means of self-study and self-transformation. While most yoga practitioners
today focus on
or body postures, a growing number of people are learning the complementary
practice of pranayama to deepen and enrich their practice.
Yoga of Breath
is a guide to learning the fundamentals of pranayama and incorporating them
into an existing yoga practice. Rosen's approach is easy to follow with
step-by-step descriptions of breath and body awareness exercises accompanied by
clear illustrations. The book also covers the history and philosophy of
pranayama, offers useful practice tips, and teaches readers how to use props to
enhance the exercises.