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One of the first lessons in the Yogi Science of Breath, is to learn how to breathe 

through the nostrils, and to overcome the common practice of mouth-breathing.

The breathing mechanism of Man is so constructed that he may breathe either 

through the mouth or nasal tubes, but it is a matter of vital importance to him 

which method he follows, as one brings health and strength and the other disease 

and weakness.

It should not be necessary to state to the student that the proper method of 

breathing is to take the breath through the nostrils, but alas! the ignorance among 

civilized people regarding this simple matter is astounding. We find people in all 

walks of life habitually breathing through their mouths, and allowing their 

children to follow their horrible and disgusting example.

Many of the diseases to which civilized man is subject are undoubtedly caused by 

this common habit of mouth breathing. Children permitted to breathe in this way 

grow up with impaired vitality and weakened constitutions, and in manhood and 

womanhood break down and become chronic invalids. The mother of the savage 

race does better, being evidently guided by her intuition. She seems to 

instinctively recognize that the nostrils are the proper channels for the conveyal of 

air to the lungs, and she trains her infant to close its little lips and breathe 

through the nose. She tips its head forward when it is asleep, which attitude 

closes the lips and makes nostril-breathing imperative. If our civilized mothers 

were to adopt the same plan, it would work a great good for the race.

Many contagious diseases are contracted by the disgusting habit of 

mouth-breathing, and many cases of cold and catarrhal affections are also 

attributable to the same cause. Many persons who, for the sake of appearances, 

keep their mouth closed during the day, persist in mouth-breathing at night and 

often contract disease in this way. Carefully conducted scientific experiments have 

shown that soldiers and sailors who sleep with their mouths open are much more 

liable to contract contagious diseases than those who breathe properly through the 

nostrils. An instance is related in which smallpox became epidemic on a 

man-of-war in foreign parts, and every death which resulted was that of some sailor 

or marine who was a mouth-breather, not a single nostril-breather succumbing.

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