This book review is part of a series that covers the topic of Breathing. Breathing is the process by which oxygen is drawn in and carbon dioxide expelled out of the body. Proper breathing is an important aspect of good health. Nancy Zi is the Official Guide to Breathing.

The Art of Breathing: Six Simple Lessons to Improve Performance, Health and Well-Being, by Nancy Zi, is a valuable resource for people interested in Breathing, and it is available through The Art of Breathing Online.

Book Description


This acclaimed classic shows you how to transform breath into vital energy to attain a perfect balance of body, mind, and spirit. Classical singer and chi kung expert Nancy Zi guides you through the art of breathing in six simple lessons. Using twenty-four progressive exercises and mental imagery drills, Zi demonstrates how to use breathing to:

- Look, feel, and be healthier
- Minimize the effects of aging
- Increase stamina and coordination
- Work through pain and promote healing
- Enhance speech, singing, athletics, meditation - and more!

"This book is a systematic manual for working with and training the breath, through a discipline that the author calls chi yi: the art of breathing. Of course no one needs special instructions to learn how to breathe; yet the bodily, psychological, athletic, aesthetic, spiritual, and healing process to which breath is essential can all be enhanced to an extraordinary degree by developing conscious breathing and learning how to awaken and direct the energies that proper and skillful breathing make available."

- from the preface, Charles Stein, PhD, author of Being=SpaceXAction, The Secret of the Black Chrysantemum, and other books

A must for anyone who wants to optimize performance in athletics, the arts, or meditation - or simply enjoy better health, energy, and vitality.

Author's Bio: 

This book review is part of a series that covers the topic of Breathing. The Official Guide to Breathing is Nancy Zi. Nancy Zi is the author of The Art of Breathing. She is an internationally known classical singer and voice teacher. American born, raised in China, and with a bi-cultural education, Zi weaves together the best of ancient Eastern disciplines with modern Western techniques.

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