Science of Breath: A Practical Guide to Breath and Prana
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Swami Rama, Rudolph Ballentine, MD,
Alan Hymes, MD
Much of the Western world was completely unaware of the profound impact of the breath on the body and mind until the 1970's. It was during this time that Swami Rama astonished physiologists by demonstrating perfect control over his heart rate and brain waves‚ something Western scientists didn't believe humans could possibly achieve. In this book, Swami Rama shares some of the basic breathing techniques practiced by Himalayan yogis, so that you too can experience the profound effects of pranayama and breath control.
The goal of Science of Breath is to present knowledge and practices regarding the breath in a way that can be applied to personal growth. This book is a masterful guide to systematically identifying bad breathing habits, replacing those habits with healthy breathing patterns, and developing control over pranic flow. Learn how to develop and master the link between your body and mind through the understanding of the breath. With increased awareness and control of the subtle aspects of breathing, one can effect deep physical and psychological changes and begin to master the roaming tendencies of the mind. Science of Breath opens the door to a new way of being, providing a powerful tool in the pursuit of holistic health and personal growth.
Purchase your copy of Science of Breath, learn how to breathe deeply and fully, and discover the profound nature of inhaling and exhaling!
About the Authors
Swami Rama, the founder of the Himalayan Institute, was one of the most remarkable figures of the twentieth century. His teachings, publications, and humanitarian efforts have rippled positive changes around the world, and have brought yoga into the lives of countless people. Swami Rama was born in northern India in 1925, and was raised from childhood by the Himalayan sage Bengali Baba. Swami Rama also received higher education in both India and Europe. From 1949 to 1952 he held the prestigious position of Shankaracharya in South India. He then returned to his master to receive further training at his cave monastery. In 1969 he came to the United States and established the Himalayan Institute. His best-known work, Living with the Himalayan Masters, reveals the many facets of his wisdom and his embodiment of an ancient Himalayan tradition.
Rudolph Ballentine, MD, is a pioneer of the holistic health movement and graduate of the Duke University School of Medicine. He is the director of the Center for Holistic Medicine, which offers integrative approaches to treatment such as psychotherapy, homeopathy, ayurveda, yoga, meditation, and applied kinesiology. Dr. Ballentine also served as the president of the Himalayan Institute for 12 years and as the director of its Combined Therapy Department for 18 years. He is the author of several books, including Radical Healing and the classic Diet and Nutrition.
Alan Hymes, MD, is a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon. He is a pioneer in the field of breath research and is well known for his study of the interrelationship between breathing patterns and cardiovascular disease.
From the introduction
The goal of Science of Breath is to present theoretical knowledge regarding the breath in such a way that it can be applied as a tool for personal growth. To this end, a series of practical exercises and techniques for systematically working with the breath and controlling the flow of prana is described in detail. These serve to expand breath awareness, for as we observe the way in which we use our breath, various unconscious breathing habits are identified and replaced with more beneficial ones. Just as a child overcomes his clumsiness by becoming aware of his body and learning to walk, so does breath awareness gradually bring breathing under greater conscious control.
As the breath is the link between the body and mind, it can intervene in the activities of either level. With increased awareness and control of the subtle aspects of breathing, these interventions can affect deep physical and psychological changes. Science of Breath, then, opens up new avenues of being to the conscious mind, providing a powerful tool in the pursuit of truly holistic health and personal growth.
Publisher: Himalayan Institute
Copyright: 1978, Current printing 2013
119 pages, photos and captions
5.5" x 8.5"