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Breathing Through the Whole Body


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Table of Contents


Part One
The Foundation of the Body

1 A Quiet Place

The Upright Spine

Center of Gravity

Solidity and Vibration

Stillness and Motion

Letting Go

Part Two
The Breath of Unending Motion

7 Into the Center

8 The Koan of Breathing
Upright Spine
Upside Down Broom
The Moving Spine
Befriending Stillness
Feeling Presence
Drawing Down
The Breath of the Unfolding Fern
Rocking the Pelvis
Floating Shoulders, Sinking Hands
Breathing the Six Directions

9 Calming the Body

10 Turning the Wheel

About the Author


About the Author

Will Johnson is the founder and director of the Institute for Embodiment Training, which combines Western somatic psychotherapy with Eastern meditation practices. He is the author of several books, including The Posture of Meditation and the award-winning The Spiritual Practices of Rumi. He lives in British Columbia.


"With simplicity and elegance, Will Johnson returns us to the original teachings of the Buddha on embodied spirituality, taking us deeper by teaching us a fuller and more subtle engagement with body and breath, leading directly to the expanse of liberation. This book will be treasured as a brilliant revelation of the spiritual possibilities of our own human mind." * Reginald Ray, Ph.D., Buddhist teacher and author of Touching Enlightenment *
"I love every word! Thank you so much for bringing forth such a succinct and glowingly accurate account of the central role that body wisdom, somatic experiencing, plays in the process of awakening. It is a 'how to do it' book for all of us on this road to realizing our true nature." * Robert Hall, Buddhist teacher and cofounder of the Lomi School *
"Breathing Through the Whole Body is a beautiful book, somewhat meditative in and of itself. It examines each part of the deepening, explaining things like why our spine needs to be straight and why we focus on the breath. The overall purpose isn't to look good but to find that inner quietness and rooted balance that will ultimately bring forth whole body breathing." * Tami Brady, TCM Reviews *
"The book is written lovingly, offering compassionate explanations and poetically rendered practice exercises (Befriending Stillness, Drawing Down, The Breath of the Unfolding Fern). Very little effort is required to retrieve the gift that lies within its pages. It is a unique treasure." * Anna Jedrziewski, Inannaworks.com *
"Will Johnson encourages readers to put together their whole spirit and gain a more complete control over their mind, emotions, and body. With exercises both physical, mental, and spiritual, Breathing Through the Whole Body is a strongly recommended pick for spirituality and Buddhist studies collections." * James A. Cox, Midwest Book Review *
"The most profound healing gift of all is found within our very breath. Learn how the flow of breath is directly affected by chronic tensions in the body and in the mind. When breath starts flowing through more of the body, it becomes a direct agent of healing massaging and melting any areas of tension it touches. Experience the healing technique as taught 2500 years ago by the Buddha!" * What Women Must Know, October 2012 *

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