Foreword: Bhavana: Busting Myths; 1. Origins of Pra?ayama; 2. Pra?a, the Subtle Body, and the Energy Bank Account; 3. The Bio-Chemistry of Respiration; 4. Hyperventilation: The Sa?skara of Breathing Too Much; 5. The Nose vs. The Mouth; 6. Center Stage: The Diaphragm; 7. The Core, The Bandhas and the Breath; 8. The Emotional Brain and the Breath; 9. The Mind of the Subtle Body - Citta, Chakras, and the Breath; 10. Pra?ayama as Kumbhaka; 11. Therapeutic Applications: Healing Through the Breath; Appendix 1: Asana Practices to Restore Pra?a; Appendix II - A guide to teaching functional breathing; Appendix III- Pra?ayama Curriculum for Program Directors: Key Concepts and Practices; Sanskrit Glossary; Physiology glossary
Training manual on transformative breathing for yoga therapists, yoga teachers and all bodyworkers, grounded in Vedic science and validated by western physiology.
Robin Rothenberg served for six years on the IAYT Accreditation Committee in addition to running a busy yoga therapy practice. Her yoga therapist training programme was one of the first to be accredited by IAYT in 2014 and she has been a yoga therapist for over 20 years.
Restoring Prana by Robin Rothenberg is a delightful blend of
personal and client stories, Yoga and The Buteyko Method, all
integrated by cutting edge science. This book should be required
reading in the education of all rehab professionals who are dealing
with clients with breathing or other chronic health issues. It
should also be read by anyone who has a breathing or chronic health
issue that have not responded to conventional care. Hopefully the
information in this book, will become conventional care in the
future. -- Staffan Elgelid, PT, PhD, PhD, GCFP, C-IAYT
Restoring Prana is a pioneering work, looking at the function and effects of breathing from latest scientific and ancient yogic resources. Well written, thoroughly researched, referenced by author's own practice experiences. Provides navigating light into breath, breathing patterns and pranayama, and its effects on our health. Robin oscillates with ease between psycho-physiological effects of breathing and ancient texts on pranayama dispelling the popular myths alive in yogic studios today. Author reveals this knowledge as accessible to all of us regular folk: modern day yogis, teachers, students, and therapy clients alike. I especially appreciate the summary of each chapter followed by recommendation of specific breathing techniques to practice. Very needed book for all yoga teachers and yoga therapists. -- Lee Majewski, MA, DYEd, C_IAYT
Yoga teachers and therapists will find an unequalled and enthusiastic education in prananyama that evolves how we learn, understand, and teach the breath. From philosophical roots and physiological context to practical explorations, this book gives us Robin's deep wisdom and experience with every element of breath. It transforms our ability to educate and improve the countless conditions influenced by how we, and our students, breathe. -- Rachel Lanzerotti, MSW, C-IAYT, The RE/ST Method (TM) for Pain Recovery
Restoring Prana delves deep into the physiology of breathing, explaining in understandable language what constitutes functional breathing and more importantly how to teach it. For any healthcare specialist who teaches breathing exercises, Restoring Prana makes for compulsory reading. Rothenberg offers simple strategies to improve oxygen uptake and delivery throughout the body. Yoga Masters of old knew about the importance of subtle breathing through the nose and admonished the practice of hard breathing. This book uncovers the truth about the breath and brings wisdom from the ancient Sutras into the 21stCentury. -- Patrick McKeown, author of The Oxygen Advantage
I have never met anyone with so much curiosity and drive to grow as Robin Rothenberg. Her journey into the breath from a new perspective contradicted decades of yoga training. By integrating the Vedic teachings with western science, Robin validates reduced breathing and its impact on the entire human organism (body, mind, and spirit). As a psychiatrist, I found this book incredibly satisfying and useful. Restoring Prana will help you understand the essential role of functional breathing on health and provide a framework to use the tools for retraining with confidence. There is no better teacher to guide you on this adventure than Robin. -- Lynn Hughes, D.O. RYT-500 Board Certified Psychiatrist
Restoring Prana is a must read for healthcare practitioners, regardless of their knowledge or experience of yoga. Robin Rothenberg masterfully weaves fundamental yoga teachings with the contemporary Western physiology of respiration and its role in health and disease to show that how we breathe is both a key measure of our health and an efficacious pathway to healing. Robin has done both the yoga community and the healthcare practitioner world a tremendous service in connecting the dots as she has in her book. It's nothing short of outstanding-practical, accessible, inspiring -- Aggie Stewart, MA, C-IAYT, Yoga Teacher/Yoga Therapist, former Accreditation Manager at IAYT, and author of Yoga as Self-Care for Healthcare Practitioners: Cultivating Resilience, Compassion, and Empathy.
In this fascinating book, yoga therapist Robin Rothenberg pulls back what she calls a "curtain of mysticism" that shrouds pranayama and offers a comprehensive guide to respiratory physiology and the practice of breath control. Prompted by a health crisis, she embarked on an in-depth study of breathing - pouring over ancient yogic texts and modern scientific journals - and reveals how breath retraining transformed her life. She details the breathing practices and postures that helped relieve her asthma, apnea, and chronic cough-and shed 15 pounds-and challenges the commonly-taught emphasis on "big breathing" and "expansive inhalation and exhalation." Courageous and compelling, Restoring Prana offers essential information for yoga teachers, yoga therapists and health care practitioners who want to skillfully help students and clients enhance their health and vitality. -- Carol Krucoff, C-IAYT, E-RYT, author of Yoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less