This is another guest post from a friend. It’s a book review of “Book Review Breathing Space: Twelve Lessons for the Modern Woman”.
If you have wanted to still be entertained while reading a self-improvement book, then look no further than Breathing Space: Twelve Lessons for the Modern Woman by Katrina Repka and Alan Finger. The book is written about Katrina Repka’s own personal journey as a woman from Calgary, Alberta looking to make something of herself in New York City. What that was, she was not sure. All she knew was that she did not want bow to the peer and family pressure of the expected life (to her, this was living in the Calgary suburbs in a giant cookie-cutter house with a wealthy oil-industry husband and kids, spending her days focusing on her looks and planning fancy expensive vacations). Although aspects of this lifestyle were somewhat appealing to her, she knew that it was not the life she aspired to and would spend a life-changing year in New York alongside renowned Master Yogi Alan Finger. The book takes you through that year of Katrina’s life through her own words. However, every chapter ends with lessons and breathing exercises she would learn along the way from Finger. It is explained how these breathing exercises assist with negative behavior patterns we all adhere to, calming the mind and the body and allowing oneself to be more aware of one’s feelings, thoughts, bodily reactions, and desires.
Throughout the book we see that Katrina’s story is easy to relate to for many young, modern, western women. Her thoughts and struggles on love, her personal image, health, and just life overall are quite universal, which makes the lessons that she learns from Finger about breathing, self-realization and the like quite applicable to most young women in our society.
Breathing Space is a good read about an average women’s journey to realizing and becoming the person she wants to be in life physically, emotionally, and spiritually through the teaching and breathing techniques taught to her by Alan Finger. The reader cannot help but feel inspired to do the same.