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Life is absolutely dependent upon the act of breathing, "Breath is Life." Differ as 

they may upon details of theory and terminology, the Oriental and the Occidental 

agree upon these fundamental principles.

To breathe is to live, and without breath there is no life. Not only are the higher 

animals dependent upon breath for life and health, but even the lower forms of 

animal life must breathe to live, and plant life is likewise dependent upon the air 

for continued existence.

The infant draws in a long, deep breath, retains it for a moment to extract from it 

its life-giving properties, and then exhales it in a long wail, and lo! its life upon 

earth has begun. The old man gives a faint gasp, ceases to breathe, and life is over. 

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 may be considered the most important of all of the functions of the 

body, for, indeed, all the other functions depend upon it. Man may exist some time 

without eating; a shorter time without drinking; but without breathing his 

existence may be measured by a few minutes. And not only is Man dependent 

upon Breath for life, but he is largely dependent upon correct habits of breathing 

for continued vitality and freedom from disease. An intelligent control of our 

breathing power will lengthen our days upon the earth by giving us increased 

vitality and powers of resistance, and, on the other hand, unintelligent and 

careless breathing will tend to shorten our days, by decreasing our vitality and 

laying us open to disease.

Man in his normal state had no need of instruction in breathing. Like the lower 

animal and the child, he breathed naturally and properly, as nature intended him 

to do, but civilization has changed him in this and other respects. He has 

contracted improper methods and attitudes of walking, standing and sitting, which 

have robbed him of his birthright of natural and correct breathing. He has paid a 

high price for civilization. The savage, today, breathes naturally, unless he has 

been contaminated by the habits of civilized man.

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