“From the first faint breath of the infant to the last gasp of the dying man, it is one long story of continued breathing. Life is but a series of breaths.“
Breathing is something so natural, we don’t need to learn how to do it. Still, there’re tons of books, technique, studies and articles made about it. Why?
Civilization has changed our walking, standing and sitting habits, no surprise that our breathing method’s changed too. You can see that in contracted chests, stooping shoulders or the classical shortness of breath many suffer from.
The physical benefits derived from correct habits of breathing are all listed here. The first part of the book is devoted to the physical phase of the Science of Breath; then the psychic and mental sides are considered, and finally the spiritual side is touched upon.
The “Science of Breath” touches Yoga at many points. Not as a way to help you maintain or reach an awkward asana, but to increase the flowing of vital force or “prana” throughout your vital organs and your whole body. Your mental power, happiness, self-control, clear-sightedness, morals, and even your spiritual growth may be increased by an understanding of the “Science of Breath.”
Title: The Hindu-Yogi Science Of Breath
Author: Yogi Ramacharaka
Release Date: September, 2004
Subject: Oriental Breathing Philosophy for Physical, Mental, Psychic and Spiritual Development
Copyright Status: Public domain in the USA
Available for: online reading, EPUB, Kindle, Plain Text UTF-8
The book is broken up into four “lectures” and although there is no mention on asanas, it explains the basic principles behind the spiritual aspects of yoga, consciousness and the different stages of the mind. I recommend it to people who want to discover the origins of yoga and its involvement with body, mind and...