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The percentage of civilized men who breathe correctly is quite small, and the result 

is shown in contracted chests and stooping shoulders, and the terrible increase in 

diseases of the respiratory organs, including that dread monster, Consumption, 

"the white scourge." Eminent authorities have stated that one generation of correct 

breathers would regenerate the race, and disease would be so rare as to be looked 

upon as a curiosity. Whether looked at from the standpoint of the Oriental or 

Occidental, the connection between correct breathing and health is readily seen 

and explained.

The Occidental teachings show that the physical health depends very materially 

upon correct breathing. The Oriental teachers not only admit that their Occidental 

brothers are right, but say that in addition to the physical benefit derived from 

correct habits of breathing, Man's mental power, happiness, self-control, 

clear-sightedness, morals, and even his spiritual growth may be increased by an 

understanding of the "Science of Breath."

Whole schools of Oriental Philosophy have been founded upon this science, and 

this knowledge when grasped by the Western races, and by them put to the 
practical use which is their strong point, will work wonders among them. The 

theory of the East, wedded to the practice of the West, will produce worthy 


This work will take up the Yogi "Science of Breath," which includes not only all 

that is known to the Western physiologist and hygienist, but the occult side of the 

subject as well. It not only points out the way to physical health along the lines of 

what Western scientists have termed "deep breathing," etc., but also goes into the 

less known phases of the subject, and shows how the Hindu Yogi controls his 

body, increasing his mental capacity, and develops the spiritual side of his nature 

by the "Science of Breath."

The Yogi practises exercises by which he attains control of his body, and is enabled 

to send to any organ or part an increased flow of vital force or "prana," thereby 

strengthening and invigorating the part or organ. He knows all that his Western 

scientific brother knows about the physiological effect of correct breathing, but he 

also knows that the air contains more than oxygen and hydrogen and nitrogen, 

and that something more is accomplished than the mere oxygenating of the blood.

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