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THE HINDU-YOGI 
SCIENCE OF BREATH

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By YOGI RAMACHARAKA


When the oxygen comes in contact with the blood, a form of combustion takes 

place, and the blood takes up oxygen and releases carbonic acid gas generated 

from the waste products and poisonous matter which has been gathered up by the 

blood from all parts of the system. The blood thus purified and oxygenated is 

carried back to the heart, again rich, red and bright, and laden with life, giving 

properties and qualities.



Upon reaching the left auricle of the heart, it is forced in to the left ventricle, from 

whence it is again forced out through the arteries on its mission of life to all parts 

of the system. It is estimated that in a single day of twenty-four hours, 35,000 

pints of blood traverse the capillaries of the lungs, the blood corpuscles passing in 

single file and being exposed to the oxygen of the air on both of their surfaces. 

When one considers the minute details of the process alluded to, he is lost in 

wonder and admiration at Nature's infinite care and intelligence.



It will be seen that unless fresh air in sufficient quantities reaches the lungs, the 

foul stream of venous blood cannot be purified, and consequently not only is the 

body thus robbed of nourishment, but the waste products which should have been 
destroyed are returned to the circulation and poison the system, and death 

ensues. Impure air acts in the same way, only in a lessened degree. It will also be 

seen that if one does not breathe in a sufficient quantity of air, the work of the 

blood cannot go on properly, and the result is that the body is insufficiently 

nourished and disease ensues, or a state of imperfect health is experienced. The 

blood of one who breathes improperly is, of course, of a bluish, dark colour, 

lacking the rich redness of pure arterial blood. This often shows itself in a poor 

complexion. Proper breathing, and a consequent good circulation, results in a 

clear, bright complexion.



A little reflection will show the vital importance of correct breathing. If the blood is 

not fully purified by the regenerative process of the lungs, it returns to the arteries 

in an abnormal state, insufficiently purified and imperfectly cleansed of the 

impurities which it took up on its return journey. These impurities if returned to 

the system will certainly manifest in some form of disease, either in a form of blood 

disease or some disease resulting from impaired functioning of some insufficiently 

nourished organ or tissue.





















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