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  • Paperback: 76 pages
  • Publisher: Dodo Press (Sept. 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905432992
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905432998
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,075,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author of this text, Yogi Ramacharaka, is a mysterious individual but there is nothing mysterious about this practical and elegantly simple guide to pranayama, the art of yogic breathing. The beauty of this work is its blend of Western and Eastern theory. Historically, the author is thought to be a Western man, an English lawyer to be more exact, that traveled to America and wrote yogic and mystic texts under the name of a yogi he had met and studied with. Some however feel that the name Yogi Ramacharaka corresponds with a yogi of the Middle Ages who utilized the body and mind of the aforementioned lawyer and channeled the information into him to be written for the benefit of the Western world. There is ample evidence for both theories in that at multiple instances in the text, the plural first person form "we" is used to denote authorship and the fact that there is a growing number of yogis who feel that the great Yogi Ramacharaka has attempted or has successfully channeled information and teachings into them. After reading this compact staple of breathing manuals, you'll wish you could channel the mind of Yogi Ramacharaka too. The Western medical student will learn just as much as the die hard student of Eastern internal arts. The exercises outlined within the pages are potent; any athlete can benefit from them as well as anyone suffering from maladies of the upper respiratory system. Personally, I used to suffer from chronic upper respiratory problems such as sinusitus and bronchitis. After being introduced to yoga and pranayama with my understanding peaking since the completion of the studies of Yogi Ramacharaka's books, my condition has considerably lessened and my overall physical and mental vigor has doubled. Buy this book immediately. You will not be disappointed.
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Have wanted this book for years - sad that it was not the beautiful hardcover edition, but the information is the same. Thanks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lucid and eloquent examination of healthful breathing. Feb. 25 1999
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This book was a lucid and eloquent examination of healthful breathing techniques, and the benefits experienced from their use.
Very few authors are capable of expressing complex concepts in simple language, but this author does it well.
I originally found this author quoted at length in The Roots Of Consciousness by Jeffrey Mishlove, and decided to follow up. I am glad I did.
The book begins with reviewing the importance of breath to living things, and then on to the physiology of breathing. Then the different styles of breathing are examined, along with the benefits and detriments of each. The book then progresses to look at a much more healthful method of breathing, along with exercises making use of this new method. The benefits from the physiological to the mental, emotional, and finally spiritual realms are discussed.
It is a practical handbook, with a minimum symbolic expression, and a maximum of well thought out, simply expressed important information on an often underappreciated topic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, Effective, And Can Transform Your Life Aug. 19 2007
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If you read and do the exercises in this book, amazing changes will result in your mind and body. These exercises are deceptive they don't seem impressive, any person, any child could do them, so it goes without saying most people will lose interest because it doesn't seem arcane enough. Those who do the work will be amazed by what results.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eastern Breathing Philosophy June 23 2000
By M. A. Ramos - Published on
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I picked up this book (1905 edition) as a martial artist hoping to help me with my KI breathing excerices. This book improved my breathing technique introduced me to yoga and eastern thought. "Science of Breath" provides a great balance between western theories and eastern ideas. This book would be a good aid to anyone in the martial arts or those who just study KI.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Thing Jan. 14 2001
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This book was recomended to me by another jazz vocalist whoindicated that it would give me more insight into how I breath whilesinging. I took her advice with a grain of salt, but after reading itall the way through, I came to the conclusion it should be mandatoryreading for all vocalists and all people for that matter...While mostvocalists are concerned with the two schools of western breathing,they are overlooking an entire approach that trancends both of thesemethods. This is not one of those new aged relics that glorifieseastern philosophy and religion. This is the real thing. You will notsee this book on Oprah, and it was not written by a Westerner. Checkit out..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Wisdom for Today May 26 2011
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This little book, written more than 100 years ago, has become an anchor in my spiritual library. It's wisdom is ageless and ir's practices have enriched my life. I read it initially as I began work toward healing after decades of chronic debilitating pain and was surprised to find how it spiritually empowering as it charted a path toward health and healing.
A must read for healers and those seeking healing power within themselves!

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