Bibliography and Suggested Readings
Below is a collection of books that relate directly and indirectly to how and why BREATH IS LIFE!
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Special Note. Books addressing the pros and cons of Cathartic oriented breathwork are marked in red. (Catharsis)
1. Healing the Shame that Binds, John Bradshaw. The first 60 pages were like my life story. Perhaps yours as well?
2. For Your Own Good, Alice Miller. Think of "Im doing this for your own good", as you are being bent over and beaten until you bleed or can't scream or cry anymore. Must reading for everyone. Sometimes technical. Maybe skip the tough stuff and fast forward to the case histories.
3. Conscious Eating, Gabriel Cousens, MD Unless you are studying or curious about Ayurveda, scan only the first three chapters. One can easily get bogged down in this.
4. Super Brain Breathing, Paul Bragg. Paul lived to be 96. Vibrant and healthy until a swimming accident shortened his life.
5. Stress, Diet and Your Heart, Dean Ornish, MD . A master of diet and the heart. click on the cover square.
6. Your Body Speaks Its Mind, Stanley Keleman. An incredible health practitioner, poet and astute observer of the human body.
7. The Courage To Heal, Bass and Davis. A classic on the subject of Woman Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse.
8. Radiance! Breathwork, Movement & Body-Centered Psychotherapy, Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks. If you are a serious student of the breath, read it again and again. (Catharsis)
9. Rejuvenating the Body, Christopher Hills, D.Sc. How to regenerate with a simple mono diet of Spirulina
10. Secrets of Spirulina, Christopher Hills, D. Sc. An incredibly well balanced and complete superfood. Indispensable as a dietary adjunct/booster food. Food from sunlight.
11. The Oxygen Breakthrough, Sheldon Saul Hendler, MD. A much researched, simply understood collection of helpful and interesting facts and anecdotes about oxygen.
12. The Future Of The Body. Michael Murphy.
13. Life, Energy and the Pursuit of Enzymes (Article). Drs. Patrick and Gael Crystal Flannagan. Science prodigy Patrick make the incredibly complex, simple.
14. Oxygen Therapies, Ed McCabe. A must for serious students of the breath
15. Get More Done & Have More Fun. M.G.White, Balanced Breathing Press.
16. The Un-medical Miracle, Oxygen. Elizabeth Baker, Ph.D.
17. What You Feel You Can Heal, John Gray, Ph.D. Improve your languaging and understanding of your emotional world
18. Emotional Anatomy, Stanley Keleman
19. A Gradual Awakening, Stephen Leaven. Rich insights stemming from meditation and its subtle signals.
20. Emotional Clearing, John Russian. Good insights and well organized. (Catharsis)
21. Yoga, Youth and Reincarnation, Jesse Stern. Good first person accounting of the benefits of Yoga exercises.
22. Postural Integration, A Technical Manual, Jack W. Painter, PhD.
23. Breathing, Michael Sky. One of the best breathing books in existence. Strong rebirthing influence. Reread several times. (Catharsis)
24. Breath and Spirit, Gunned Minuet. Strong rebirthing influence. A little esoteric but I like it. (Catharsis)
25. The Breath Connection, Robert Fried, PhD.
26. The Breathwork Experience, Kyle Taylor. Holotropic breathwork articulated simply and clearly. The spiritual aspect of the breath. (Catharsis)
27. Core Energetics, John Piracos. MD. A system based on Reichian work that incorporates the subtle energy systems as well.
28. Energies of Transformation, Bonnie Greendale, PhD. Kundalini awakening and 23 case histories.(Catharsis)
29. The Breath of Life, Ellis. Good exercises and breathing based information.
30. Chakra Breathing, Helmut Sieczka. A great audio tape of these exercises is very useful.
31. Breathing Into Life, (Poems About The Breath. An absolute jewel of a book.), Bijou Bennett
32. Staying Healthy With Nutrition, Elision Haas, MD . Elisions book is the one I go to when I cant remember a specific detail about specific nutrients, their component and influences. Indispensable for scientific aspects of nutrition.
33. Miracles of the Breath, Tom Goode. Husband and wife team of insightful first person(s) accounts of the benefits of Transformtm Breathing. (Catharsis)
34. Ways To Better Breathing, Carola Speads. She studied and taught about the breath for over 80 years to almost age 99. Nuff said.
35. Age Wave, Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D. Because you are probably going to live a lot longer than you imagined.
36. Hidden Mind of Freedom, Tartang Tulku. His phrasing lets me breathe his teachings.
37. Gesture of Balance, Tartang Tulku.
38. The Breath of God, Swami Chetanananda. Excellent but hard to find a copy.
39. Science of Breath, Rama, Ballantine, Hymes. Members of the Himalayan Institute in Pa. They also study the breath.
40. Science of Breath, Swami Ramacharaka. The famous "little blue book". Hard to find. Worth the effort.
41. The Perceptible Breath, Ilse Middendorf . Leader of the school of what I call "undirected breathing". Another must for serious students of the breath
42. The Way To Vibrant Health, Alexander Lowen. MD. Connecting Eastern and Western medical insights. Yoga meets Western psychiatry. A wonderful person.
43. Watsu, Freeing the Body in Water, Harold Dull. You could also add, freeing ones breathing. Second in nurturing only to your mothers breast.
44. Road To Heaven, Encounters With Chinese Hermits, Bill Porter. This is a sweet accounting of some very special spiritual teachers. For me, its a lot about aloneness without loneliness.
45. Licking The Sugar Habit, Nancy Appleton, Ph.D. Get the Sugar Blues as well.
46. Why Do Babies Cry, Abstract of talk by Aletha Solter. See appendix Tape obtainable from Sounds True Recording, Boulder Co.
47. Sugar Blues, Wm. Duffy. Get Licking The Sugar Habit as well.
48. 365 Tao, Ding Ming Dao. As you breathe more you value this Wonderful collection of daily meditations.
49. Family Secrets, John Bradshaw. My Dad spent much time with me as a Cub Scout helping me with my badges and scouting lore. I got thrown out of the Boy Scouts for smoking cigarettes and couldnt upon fear of reprisal, tell him about. I told him I just wasnt interested anymore. The beatings began soon thereafter. Read Johns Family secrets to gain insight about that..
50. Tsubo, Katsuzake Serizawa. Possibly the major Acupressure textbook. Still needs Michael Gach's insights and guidance.
51. Acupressure Institute Books and Training Manuals Acupressure Institute, Berkeley, CA.
52. Embodying Spirit, Jacquelyn Small. Food for the soul.
53. Encounters With Qi, David Eisenberg, M.D. A western medical doctor goes to China to learn about traditional Chinese medicine.
54. I Never Told Anyone, Bass and Thornton. Abuse victims MUST read this.
55. Body, Self & Soul, Rosenberg and Rand. Integrating bodywork, and Psychotherapy. Excellent.
56. Boundaries, Where You End and I Begin, Anne Katherine, MA. Self love is your primary boundary. Ground it with optimal breathing and spiritual principles.
57. The Psychobiology of Mind-Body Healing, Ernest Rossi, Ph.D.
59. Learning To Love Yourself, Gay Hendricks, Ph.D. My favorite book on the subject.
60. Do What You Love and The Money Will Follow, Marsha Sinetar. But you better breathe and move. Dont hold your breath until the money arrives.
61. Diet and Nutrition, Rudolph Ballantine, M.D. One of my Nutritional Educator textbooks.
62. Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill, Udo Erasmus. A classic even among professional nutritionists.
63. Healing With Whole Foods, Paul Pitchford. Good herbal slant on balanced nutrition.
64. Fresh Vegetable Juices, Norman Walker. Norman invented the Norwalk triturating fruit and vegetable juicer. Lived to be approximately 114. Get the message?
65. Staying Healthy With Nutrition, Elson Haas, M.D.
66. Stretching, Bob Anderson. American version of what many call Hatha Yoga but in a simpler and more organized format with easily understood drawings. Includes special series of stretches for most common physical activities including computer work, walking, soccer, jogging etc.
67. May All Be Fed, John Robbins. A case for vegetarianism and having more energy and clarity.
68. Your Bodys Many Cries For Water, F. Batmanghelidj, M.D. Great insights for anyone with a body.
69. Healing Within, Stanley Weinberger. From a master colonic specialist.
70. Brain Boosters, Potter and Orfali
72. Rebirthing in The New Age, Orr and Ray. The original Rebirthing book. Outdated but somewhat informative. (Catharsis)
73. Pantox Profile 1 619 272 3885. State of the art antioxidant measuring via blood analysis.
74. Adventures of Self Discovery, Stanislav Groff, M.D. The creator of Holotropic Breathwork. LSD is/was a catalyst to creativity. So is breathing, big time. (Catharsis)
75. Coming Home, John Bradshaw.
76. A Diet for All Seasons, Elson Haas, M.D.
77. Emotions and Your Health, Emrika Padus and the Staff of Prevention Magazine. Many jewels included.
78. I Got Tired Of Pretending, Bob Earll. Major Twelve Step author lecturer. Sharing and disclosure is very healing. You must breathe with it.
79. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey. Add breathing better to make it Eight.
80. The Art of Sexual Magic, Margo Anand. I included Margos book because when you breathe more you often feel more sexual. Sexuality in Western Culture has many taboos and contradictions. Margo is a world class teacher and a person of high integrity.
81. Where Were You When I Needed You Dad?, Jane Myers Drew, Ph.D.
82. The Way of The Peaceful Warrior, Dan Millman
83. Mutant Message Down Under, Marlo Morgan
84. Taking Your Back To The Future, A Pain Free Back and Total Health With Chiropractic Care, W. Michael Gazdar,. D.C.
85. Living With Joy, Sanaya Roman.
86. The Book of Whole Meals, Annemarie Colbin. Great cookbook.
87. Rx Prescription for Cooking and Dietary Wellness, Balch and Balch. Another great cookbook.
88. The Foundations of Chinese Medicine, Giovanni Macioca
89. The Psychology and Physiology of Breathing, Robert Fried and Joseph Grimaldi
90. Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman, Ph.D. Must reading for a science based understanding of conscious brain utilization.
91. Light On Pranayama, BKS Iyengar. Esoteric aspects of breathing.
92. During a conversation with Dr. Thomas Browne, Biofeedback Specialist San Francisco, Ca.
93. The Pill Book, Howard Silverman. The consumers version of the Physicians Desk Reference. Find out what the drug companies are doing to your body.
94. Diet for A New America, John Robbins. Pulitzer prize nominee. Must reading.
95. Descartes Error, A. Dames, MD. Neurosurgeon. . More scientific backup for understanding the dynamics of brain function and the unstated implication s of nutrition and emotional well being. .
96. Celebration of Transcendence, Caron Goode and Tom Goode. More Transform Breath tm Insights form a dedicated pair of breathwork researchers and facilitators. (Catharsis)
97. Manic Depression, Illness or Awakening, Robert Kelly. A great self study and autobiography.
98. Nutrition and Your Mind, George Watson. A classic in nutrition work.
99. Kundalini, Evolution and Enlightenment, Edited by John White. More helpful insights on a truly abstract subject. (Catharsis)
100. Behavioral and Psychological Approaches to Breathing Disorders, Timmons and Ley. The first major attempt to bring it all to- together about breathing. Needs work but is an excellent place to start. (Catharsis)
101. Thorax, Behavioral Breathlessness, Howell, J.B.L.-1990, 45, 287,292
102. Kundalini Experience, Lee Sanella. Psychiatrist Sanella lends some clarity to an abstract subject. (Catharsis)
103. Hypoxia/hypercapnea study abstract. Abstracts 21 March 12995 American Physiological Society
104 Larry Olsens study
105 Welders Study
106 NASA CO2 Balance
107. Wheels of Life, Anodea Judith. A long term serious study of the Chakra system. Many good insights and exercises.
108. Integrated Respirational Theory/Therapy, Lillemor Johnson. In the Ilsa Middendorf and Carola Speads world of spontaneous breathing work..
109. Water Baby: Experiences of Water Birth. Hour long award winning video about the newest innovations in safe, gentle joyous childbirth. Plus waterbirth resources list; hundreds of practitioners and facilities that assist and support waterbirth.. Where and how-to information about water birthing in USA. Karil Daniels Point of View Productions, 2477 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94110. 415 821-0435 firstname.lastname@example.org. Waterbirth website at: http://www.well.com/user/karil.
110. Birth Without Violence, Frederick LeBoyer. A major step towards waterbirth. For more clarity on the issue see also "Why Do Babies Cry" 49
111. Opening the Energy Gates of the Body, Bruce Kumar Frantzis. Good insights and exercises with many conservative cautions around "energy work".
112. Back Designs, 1045 Ashby, Berkeley, CA 94710. Excellent catalogue of back related supports, chairs, desks and other devices. Also Relax the Back stores nationwide.
113. The Life We are Given, George Leonard and Michael Murphy. From two absolute masters of personal growth comes the integration of a movement practice coupled with affirmations and visualizations with an overall goal orientation balanced with the experience of flow and process. This book is a must for everyone.
114. The Art and The Way of Hara, Seigen Yamaoka. Much of ancient Japanese philosophy focuses around the lower third (or upper second) chakra/zone they call the Hara or tanden.
115. Hara, The Vital Centre of Man. Karlfried Graf Durekheim. A classic. Hard to find. Should be reprinted.
116. The Tao of Natural Breathing, Dennis Lewis. A true seeker and student of the breath. Very strong in internal sensing and the words that go with that. Too western medical doctor oriented though for my tastes.
117. Waking the Tiger, Healing Trauma- Peter Levine. A world class expert on trauma resolution. I've taken a workshop with him.
118. A Deep Breath of Life, Allan Cohen Daily Inspiration for Heart Centered Living. Highly recommended.
119. The Conscious Heart, Kathlyn Hendricks and Gay Hendricks. The best relationship book on the market. Two seasoned., absolutely dedicated professionals using their relationship as an arena for incredible positive energy and rapid transformation.
120. HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY: USING HBO THERAPY TO INCREASE CIRCULATION, REPAIR DAMAGED TISSUE, FIGHT INFECTION. NEUBAUER. AVERY PUBLISHING GROUP
121. Breathing Free, Teresa Hale. The Buteyko Method for asthma. . A mixture of deep insights, contradictions, fantasies, crashing misunderstandings, and brilliant deductions. Must reading for any student of the breath. But don't take it too seriously. The exercises in this method may work initially but may also have long range negative results
122. Oxygen Multistep Therapy, Manfred von Ardenne. Prof. Manfred von Ardenne's classic textbook is dedicated to his teacher, Nobel-Prize winner Otto Warburg (1883-1970), and belongs into the hands of every practitioner and researcher seriously interested in oxygen therapies. Oxygen Multistep Therapy improves cellular energy by offering excess oxygen far below toxic concentrations. It targets more than 20 conditions comprising circulatory disorders, myocardial infarction and mental disorders and complaints, and reaches up to problems of cancer immunology. The frequent repetition of Oxygen Multistep Therapy, combined with adjusted regular exercise, can prevent physical and mental decline in old age. The therapy is practiced in several hundred clinics and health spas in Europe.
123. The Pill Book, Harold Silverman. Must reading for anyone taking prescription drugs.
124. The Gospel of The Redman, Ernest and Julia
125. Raw Soups, Salads and Smoothies, Frederick Patanaude free here
126. Juice Fasting, Paavo Airola.
127. The Miracle of Fasting, Paul Bragg
128. Healthy Steps, Dr. Albert Zehr Down to earth basics of nutrition.
129. Natural Weight Control, Norman Walker
130. The Wheatgrass Book, Ann Wigmore
131. Enzymes, the Agents of Life, David M Locke. Enzymes, vitamins, minerals, fats, complex carbohydrates, exercise and breathing are the keys to health and longevity
132. Breathe Again Naturally, Bernard Jensen
133. Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill, Udo Erasmus
134. Living in the Raw, Rose Lee Calabro. Great collection of raw food recipes that taste fantastic.
137.The New Vegetarian Epicure, Anna Thomas
138. Rx Prescription for Cooking and Dietary Wellness, Balch and Balch. Get the most recent version.
139. Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Michael Murray, Naturopath with solid credentials and peer respect.
140. Joy of Cooking, Rombauer/& Rombauer
141. Posture, Getting it Straight", Janice Novak
142. Dressed to Kill, Rick Renner
144. The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity, Click on the small box to see the book jacket.
Complete Guide to Chi-Gung, Daniel Reid
147. What You Need to Know About Ritalin by James Shaya, et al
148. Bone, Breath and Gesture. Don Hanlon Johnson
149. The Path of Transformation, Shakti Gawain
150. A Life of Balance - The Complete Guide to Ayruvedic Nutrition & Body Types with Recipes, Maya Tiwari
151. Ayurveda - The Science of Self Healing, Dr. Visant Lad
152. Ritalin Nation Rapid-fire Culture and the Transformation of Human Consciousness by Richard J. DeGrandpre
153. The Myth of the A.D.D Child - 50 Ways to Improve Your Child's Behavior and Attention Span Without Drugs, Labels, or Coersion by Thomas Armstrong
154. Alternative Cures - click here
155. The Power of Emotion: Using Your Emotional Energy to Transform Your Life by Michael Sky
156. The Key to Health and Rejuvenation. Andreas Monitz
157. 12 Steps to Raw Foods, Victoria Boutenko
158. The Human Vocal Tract, Edmund Crelin
155. The Lung, Scientific Foundations, Crystal, West, Weibel, Barnes. 2nd ed. 1997.
156. Flood Your Body With Oxygen, Ed McCabe
157. Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy, Jerry Allen Johnson
158. Free Your Breath,
Free Your Life, Dennis Lewis. Required reading for all
Optimal Breathing School students.
164. Green for Life, Victoria Boutenko
165. Building Healthy Lungs Naturally, Michael G White
166. Anatomy Trains, Thomas Myers
167, Enzyme Nutrition, Edward Howell
168. Deep Economy, Bill McKibben. A must read for the conscious person.
169. Anatomy of Hatha Yoga, H. David Coulter (Parkinson's victim). Wonderful book in many ways. A must read. Be wary of the breathing section and also how the breathing is integrated with the asanas.
170. 17 Laws of Teamwork, John Maxwell.
171. Anatomy of Breathing, Blandine Calais-Germain. Lots of great pictures tied into many postures and functions. Do NOT try to figure out how to breathe from this. Very much looking forward to her book on the voice. more about the voice
172. Social Intelligence, Daniel Goleman. This is very strong teaching book. Goleman really does his homework. Among its many aspects it delves deeply into the sociobiology of the nervous system and its many dynamics of the implications of how we treat and are treated by others. It is therefore, VERY related to the way we breathe. I must read by all who wish deeper understanding of who they are and how they might be more adept at influencing the outcomes of their lives and those they care for.
173. Natural Capitalism by Hawken I can't stop praising this book. It will greatly aid you in the necessary guidance as to what to tell your future congress-person(s) to see they vote properly to ensure a healthy and prosperous future on Planet Earth. The key is energy. A solid cohesive program would make the USA energy independent and put every American to work at a good wage and pay for itself in the savings to our GNP. FREE DOWNLOAD http://www.natcap.org
174. Massive Change by The Institute Without Boundaries is a compilation of 32 sets of 2 page statements from some of the best known futurists in the world. To me the underlying theme is that we now have the capability of consciously and responsibly designing evolution.
176. Obama. David Mendell. Deep intimate insights into the man and his unique way of being, for now anyway, and I hope for the rest of his life.
177. The True Patriot . Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer. A primer on the value of patriotism and guidelines of how to either clarify/agree, or ways to address your own self inquiry, conclusions and courses of action.
178. Yoga Anatomy, Leslie Kaminov. A good book on combining Hatha yoga and breathing. Needs a pretty comprehensive understanding of yoga terms. See what you learn but be mindful of the upper body spine extension aspects. Most prudent approach is to learn to breathe better first.
179. Recognizing and Treating Breathing Disorders. 2nd edition.2014 Leon Chaitow, Dinah Bradley, Christian Gilbert. This is the best and most complete illness model approach to my wellness model approach to breathing development. It covers several modalities separately. Some more than others. My work is about putting those and other modalities all together in a holistic format. This as well as our kit is MUST read for ALL clinicians.
180. The Exercise Cure. Best out there as of July 2016.
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