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3.0 out of 5 starsHelpful on the one hand, frustrating on the other
Reviewed in the United States on 6 September 2010
Interesting, informative set of discs. And I like his voice and explanatory style very much. Personally, I think these lessons would work better for me on video, where I could see the exercises demonstrated and attendant explanations of how my body's breathing system works shown. Also, I find it inconvenient and annoying that the case for these two discs does not include a chapter list to consult so that once I got the basics down I could easily skip and choose among the various exercises as the discs play. The only place to find chapter listings are on the discs themselves. The cardboard case, while most attractive in a zodiacy kind of way, doesn't contain a single word...not a clue to what's inside, not even a title, let alone a bio, intro or chapter list. (What you see in the illustration here is just the packaging it comes in). Very frustrating.
3.0 out of 5 starsThe Breathing Better part is Great~The presentation a bit boring.
Reviewed in the United States on 11 September 2010
I am not sure what I was expecting but this was not it. I guess I thought that it would help me with my asthma and lung issues. If you can get past all the Yoga lingo and the monotone repetitive instruction that actually kept putting me to sleep there are good techniques to be learned here. So it took me 2 week to force myself to listen to the set. I also found it most annoying that there was no liner notes on the inside case so I could easily skip to where I left off. They are only on the disks. I have had these sounds true CD's before and they come in the same high quality gold zodiac print holders therefore nothing written on them the company saves money.
You get 2 CD's in the set.
Breathing basics are introduced first. It is rather long and boring and the voice of the author while soothing it is monotone and he seems to drone on and on. If you are not into Yoga then you can get lost in the terms. I don't want to know Yoga or learn the terms. Nothing against it but it's not me. I would have liked more of a straight forward physical therapy approach do this...then this. What I did love about it was learning about the diaphragm and how it works and the way it is positioned in the body up and down. I also now think about how breathing is the opposite from what it feels like. Breathing in is really pushing out!
I wish there were some pictures or a video to go along with this. While the author does them with you, you cannot see him. You hear his breath but at times I did find that a bit distracting. I guess if you are into Yoga you will really like this. If you want to learn to breath better this can help but you have to be very serious and dedicated to keep listening. It took me almost 2 weeks to make it through as I said I would fall asleep, well that in itself is a good thing for me.
Reviewed in the United States on 24 September 2010
Freeing the Breath is essentially an audio cd with a wide variety of breathing exercises. Before starting the exercises the author describes in detail the relationship between good breathing habits and one's health. While the exercises alone won't make you a better breather it helps you to become more aware of your breathing patterns. I wouldn't recommend listening to this program while driving though. I did just that and found the author's voice a bit too monotone which almost put me to sleep. However, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. After a stressful day this audio program is very relaxing. And after listening to all of the exercises I tend to remember to breathe better in my day to day activities as well.
I always tell people that there are 1000's of cd's out there and those that work or don't work for one individual can be for very idiosyncratic reasons. I found the voice too monotonous and boring for me, instead of relaxing me it made me tense. This is true for me, but not necessarily true for anyone else.
I did find that the cd was not well laid out. Others have also commented that it's hard to find stuff that you want to relisten to, there's no written list to tell you where to go. It's not a well-designed product.
I listened to it once and then not again... I definitely didn't use it the way I had hoped to when I ordered it.
Reviewed in the United States on 22 September 2010
I have used Dr. Andrew Weil's cd set called Breathing: The Master Key to Self Healing for a while now and I really like it. I thought Freeing the Breath would be complimentary to the Dr. Weil discs but found that the voice of the speaker on the cd was not one that was soothing in the same way Dr. Weil's voice is. Also, I found that the explanations were more scientific than necessary and therefore found myself losing focus on what was being said. Don't get me wrong, the material is valuable - it was more the delivery that lost me. I would listen but inevitably would lose the focus because the voice became like white noise - very flat and monotone. Every time. I hate to be negative about this because the topic is so important but I wasn't able to benefit from this particular execution.
3.0 out of 5 starsHard to stick with as a beginner
Reviewed in the United States on 18 September 2010
I have never taken yoga before and am completely new to the excersises. I would like to do the excersises more in this set but have a hard time making it past the first part of the CD. There seems to be a near endless monologue about breathing and it's importance, etc. etc. If you've already bought the CD's to listen to them obviously you are already aware that how you breathe is important. I personally, would you have liked his voice to be a little more upbeat and the flow of the CD's to be a bit faster paced.
I've given this a listen to at least three times, and I just don't notice an improvement. Maybe that part of my brain is shut off or something, but I just can't get into this CD (probably more akin to an audiobook). The author's voice is rather boring and I find it hard to follow him for long stretches of time. I do the breathing exercises and I don't gleam any benefit for doing so.
Glad to see others have different experiences, I just guess this isn't for everybody.