Richard Brown and Patricia Gerbarg are medical doctors, clinical psychiatrists and university professors. They also happen to be two of the world’s leading breath experts—integrating Western science and ancient breath techniques derived from yoga, qigong, Coherent Breathing, and Open-Focus meditation. (Oh, and they’re married. Power couple. :)
I got this book in preparation for Optimal Breathing 101 after I changed my life integrating some simple suggestions from Patrick McKeown’s great book The Oxygen Advantage.
As I said in our Notes on Belisa Vranich’s Breathe, I’m so moved by my own personal experiences with optimizing my breathing that our list of fundies has gone from Eat Move Sleep to BREATHE Eat Move Sleep (+ Focus).
Although I haven’t listened to it yet, this book comes with a CD that has a number of guided meditations. What I most enjoyed about the book, in addition to the simple powerful breathing techniques the author’s share, is the rigor with which they explore the scientific underpinnings of *why* optimizing our breathing is so beneficial to, as the sub-title suggests, reducing stress and anxiety, enhancing concentration, and balancing your emotions.
If you’re looking for a practical guide to optimizing your breathing written by two psychiatrists backing up their ideas with science, I think you’ll dig it. (Get a copy here.)
As always, the book is packed with Big Ideas and I’m excited to share some of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!