Do Breathe - Book Summary

Michael Townsend Williams



When you get the right balance in life you can do amazing things: create, perform, lead a team, build a great company, raise a family. But so often the scales tip and we feel overwhelmed and stressed.

Michael Townsend Williams, an adman turned yoga teacher and mindfulness coach, is an advocate of ‘welldoing’ – leading a busy and productive life, but not at the expense of our health and wellbeing. And key to this? Our breath.

The crucial link between mind and body, our breath reflects what we’re dealing with at any given moment. It tells us when we’re out of our depth. With simple breathing exercises and elements from yoga, meditation and mindfulness, Do Breathe will help you to:

* Reduce stress and increase productivity
* Improve focus and work flow
* Cultivate new good habits and drop the bad
* Build courage and resilience

Why not breathe yourself better?

From a life of 'doing' in the world of advertising to a life of 'being' as a yoga and mindfulness teacher, Michael Townsend Williams now works on the integration of both. His business, Stillworks, coaches individuals, teams and organisations on Mindful Productivity and Mindfulness. He is also co-creator of the iPhone app Breathe Sync™, which brings your breathing into sync with your heart to reduce stress and improve focus. He believes the world needs to calm down and we would all get a lot more done if we did.


What will you learn from this book

  1. The Importance of Breathing: Conscious breathing can help us connect with the present moment, reduce stress, and cultivate inner peace and clarity.

  2. Mindful Awareness: Paying attention to our breath allows us to anchor our awareness in the present moment, fostering mindfulness and self-awareness.

  3. Stress Reduction: Deep, intentional breathing activates the body's relaxation response, counteracting the effects of stress and promoting a sense of calm and balance.

  4. Emotional Regulation: Conscious breathing techniques can help us regulate our emotions, manage anxiety and overwhelm, and cultivate greater emotional resilience.

  5. Improving Focus and Concentration: Mindful breathing exercises can enhance our ability to focus, concentrate, and perform tasks with greater clarity and efficiency.

  6. Enhanced Physical Health: Deep breathing techniques promote better oxygenation of the body, improve circulation, and support overall health and vitality.

  7. Cultivating Presence: Bringing our attention to the breath can anchor us in the present moment, allowing us to let go of distractions and fully engage with whatever we are doing.

  8. Strengthening Resilience: Regular practice of conscious breathing builds resilience, helping us navigate life's challenges with greater ease and equanimity.

  9. Self-Care and Well-Being: Prioritizing moments of conscious breathing throughout the day can be a form of self-care, nurturing our mental, emotional, and physical well-being.

  10. Integration into Daily Life: Incorporating mindful breathing into daily routines, such as during transitions, before meetings, or while commuting, can help us infuse moments of mindfulness into our busy lives.

Language English
No of pages 20
Book Publisher i-Read Publications
Published Date 24 Apr 2024

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