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The blood, when properly exposed to the air in the lungs, not only has its 

impurities consumed, and parts with its noxious carbonic acid gas, but it also 

takes up and absorbs a certain quantity of oxygen which it carries to all parts of 

the body, where it is needed in order that Nature may perform her processes 


When the oxygen comes in contact with the blood, it unites with the hemoglobin of 

the blood and is carried to every cell, tissue, muscle and organ, which it invigorates 

and strengthens, replacing the worn-out cells and tissue by new materials which 

Nature converts to her use. Arterial blood, properly exposed to the air, contains 

about 25 per cent. of free oxygen.

Not only is every part vitalized by the oxygen, but the act of digestion depends 

materially upon a certain amount of oxygenation of the food, and this can be 

accomplished only by the oxygen in the blood coming in contact with the food and 

producing a certain form of combustion. It is therefore necessary that a proper 

supply of oxygen be taken through the lungs. This accounts for the fact that weak 

lungs and poor digestion are so often found together. To grasp the full significance 
of this statement, one must remember that the entire body receives nourishment 

from the food assimilated, and that imperfect assimilation always means an 

imperfectly nourished body. Even the lungs themselves depend upon the same 

source for nourishment, and if through imperfect breathing the assimilation 

becomes imperfect, and the lungs in turn become weakened, they are rendered still less 

able to perform their work properly, and so in turn the body becomes further weakened. 

Every particle of food and drink must be oxygenated before it can yield us the proper 

nourishment, and before the waste products of the system can be reduced to the proper 

condition to be eliminated from the system. Lack of sufficient oxygen means imperfect 

nutrition, imperfect elimination and imperfect health. Verily, "breath is life."

The combustion arising from the change in the waste products generates heat and 

equalizes the temperature of the body. Good breathers are not apt to "take cold," and they 

generally have plenty of good warm blood which enables them to resist the changes in the 

outer temperature. In addition to the above-mentioned important processes the act of 

breathing gives exercise to the internal organs and muscles, which feature is generally 

overlooked by the Western writers on the subject, but which the Yogis fully appreciate.

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