There are many books and CDs that have influenced me over the years. I list just a few. I have also included SmartPhone apps that I personally use. Enjoy ~ Stephanie
The Healing Power of the Breath
Simple Techniques to Reduce Stress and Anxiety, Enhance Concentration, and Balance Your Emotions
Richard Brown, MD / Patricia Gerbarg, MD
I really like this book. Written by doctors, this book explains the physiological aspects of breathing from a medical standpoint. It also comes with a very helpful CD with excercises.
The Tao of Natural Breathing: For Health, Well-Being, and Inner Growth
by Dennis Lewis
A nice blending of the physiological, psychological and spiritual aspects of breathing.
Breathing: The Master Key to Self Healing
(audible downlaod/audio CD)
Andrew Weil, MD
Dr. Andrew Weil introduces listeners to the practice of breath work based on Pranayama yoga on this audio CD. He discusses the physiological aspects of breathing as well some case studies. The soundtrack also includes a workshop with excercises to follow.
Close Your Mouth: Buteyko Clinic Handbook for Perfect Health
The Buteyko method for treating asthmatics is controversial so check with your doctor before trying this method. I list it here because I found it helpful in understanding my own breathing issues after experiencing mild shortness of breath for several years. It is a self-help book containing breathing exercises.
Breathing Apps for your SmartPhone
Breathing Zone: Relaxing Breathing Exercises
($3.99) Breathing Zone features a doctor recommended breathing exercise. If you’ve taken my Zone Breathing class, this is the app we use to pace the breath as we move. (I use a “start rate” of 6bpm and a “target rate” of 5bpm)
(FREE) Breathe2Relax is a free stress management tool which provides detailed information on the effects of stress on the body and instructions and practice exercises to help users learn diaphragmatic breathing as a stress management skill.
Breathe Easy Asthma Timer
($5.99) This app is designed to help users of the Buteyko breathing method and features exercises as well as an option for measuring Control Pause. (don't use without a thorough understanding of the Buteyko method)
Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness
Jon Kabat-Zinn Ph.D.
Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment and Your Life
Jon Kabat-Zinn Ph.D.
Jon Kabat-Zinn is Professor of Medicine Emeritus and creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He was introduced to Zen Mindfulness while a student at MIT. He developed the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR)Program and integrates Mindfulness with science.
Prepare for Surgery,Heal Faster
A Guide of Mind-Body Techniques
Book and Relaxation/Healing CD
Highly suggested for anyone contemplating surgery. The meditation CD, while developed to help patients prepare for surgery, does not actually mention surgery in the guided meditations so the CD can also be used for general relaxation.
The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing
This book is helpful in understanding the practice of Qigong. Qigong is an integrated mind-body healing method that has been practiced in China for thousands of years. It is considered a moving form of meditation.
Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace)
Developed by one of Google’s engineers as a workplace wellness program, this book offers a proven method for enhancing mindfulness and emotional intelligence in life and work. Learn how to apply mindfulness techniques in the office and beyond.
Meditation Apps for your SmartPhone
Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Series 1
($9.99) The Series 1 mindfulness meditation app constitutes the core practice curriculum of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) in the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA.
Deepak Chopra 21-Day Meditation Experience
(FREE/$49.99) Sign up through the website. When they release a new meditation it is free for the 21-day launch and you will temporarily have access to it on your computer or phone. Later, if you like it, you can buy it. They are pricey but worth the investment and each day is a new 20-minute meditation. They usually center around a subject and are all guided. After the 21-day experience they sometimes offer discounts or bundled specials to those who registered earlier.
1. Relax & Rest Guided Meditations
2. Simply Being: Guided Meditation for Relaxation and Presence
3. Take a Break! Guided Meditations for Stress Relief
(FREE - $1.99) Meditate easily with these simple to use Apps
Sanctuary Into Stillness™ - 10 Minute Meditation
(FREE) Sanctuary Into Stillness™ is a meditation App designed for beginning meditators or to improve your existing meditation practice by learning new meditation techniques.
Insight Timer - Meditation Timer
(FREE) If you’re an experienced meditator, you’ll like the Tibetan singing bowls and guided meditations by experienced teachers. You’ll also like the ability to set a timer so you can meditate on your own. If you’re new to meditation, you’ll like the guided mediations.
Relax Melodies Oriental Meditation: White noise & sleep Zen sounds for relaxation, yoga and health
(FREE/purchase) I like this app because it allows you to create your own mix of music and sounds and also features a timer.
Hands Of Light
Barbara Ann Brennan, Jos. A. Smith
Often used as a textbook for Reiki training, this is an in-depth study of the human energy field.
The Tapping Solution for Pain Relief: A Step-By-Step Guide to Reducing and Eliminating Chronic Pain
It may sound odd, but tapping on acupressure (acupuncture) points while connecting with your thoughts engages the mind-body connection and helps release energy blocks which allows energy to flow.
Yoga Therapy: A Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Yoga and Ayurveda for Health and Fitness
A.G. Mohan, Indra Mohan
This is an excellent book for anyone who is interested int he therapeutic benefits of breathwork and yoga.
Chakra App for your SmartPhone
Chakra Tuner by Jonathan Goldman
($2.99) Experience having all 7 chakras resonated with different sacred vowel sounds. This sound therapy app lets you go from crown to root, or root to crown. Focus on one chakra at a time or run through all 7 chakras in 7 minutes
Podcast for your SmartPhone
Mindful Living, Spiritual Awakening