“What if I said I had a medicine that would keep you calm but alert? That would relax and energize you? That would help you recover, boost your immune system, lower the oxidative stress that causes aging, power you up, and fuel every cell in your body, from your frazzled brain to your taxed muscles? You’d say, ‘Give it to me,’ right? Well, here it is. And no side effects. Take it every day—doctor’s orders.
Life-changing? Yes, that’s a word I keep hearing over and over from my clients. The first time, I thought it was an exaggeration. ‘Life-changing?’ I cocked my head. ‘Yes, life-changing,’ they would insist, often after only the first session. …
By the time you get to the end of this book you will have changed. How intense and how long-term the change will be is up to you, but I know that it will be impossible for you to read what I’m about to impart to you about breathing—in the way that I present it—and not become a healthier person. Even the teeniest change will be for the better; it will have a huge ripple effect on your mental and physical health, owing to the fact that healthy breathing is the foundation, the very cornerstone of health.”
~ Belisa Vranich from Breathe
It’s obviously important. And… I’m beginning to realize *just* how important it is. In fact, breathing properly is quickly becoming my #1 fundamental. (More on that in our first Big Idea.)
I got this book after reading Patrick McKeown’s great book The Oxygen Advantage. I adopted his recommendation to start breathing exclusively through my nose. And, quite simply, my life changed. (More on that in a moment as well.)
I read another one of Patrick’s older books called Anxiety Free and I’ll be working through a bunch of titles as I get ready to teach Optimal Breathing 101.
Belisa Vranich is a clinical psychologist and one of the world’s leading experts on how to breathe right. She created something she calls The Breathing Class and has been featured widely—from Cosmo and HuffPo to Anderson Cooper 360° and the Today show.
This is a quick-reading, practical little guide on how to get our breathing right. I highly recommend it. (Get a copy of the book here.)
It’s packed with Big Ideas and I’m excited to share some of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!
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