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Science of Breath

Narrated by: Arthur Rowan
Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
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The Hindu yogis have always paid great attention to the science of breath, for reasons that will be apparent to the student who listens to this audiobook. Many Western writers have touched upon this phase of the yogi teachings, but we believe it has been reserved for the author of this work to give the Western student, in concise form and simple language, the underlying principles of the yogi science of breath, together with many of the favorite yogi breathing exercises and methods. We have given the Western idea as well as the Oriental, showing how one dovetails into the other. We have used the ordinary English terms, almost entirely, avoiding the Sanscrit terms, which are confusing to the average Western person.  

The first part of the audiobook is devoted to the physical phase of the science of breath; then the psychic and mental sides are considered, and finally, the spiritual side is touched upon.  

We may be pardoned if we express ourselves as pleased with our success in condensing so much yogi lore into such little space and by the use of words and terms that may be understood by anyone. Our only fear is that its very simplicity may cause some to pass it by as unworthy of attention, while they pass on their way searching for something "deep", mysterious, and not understandable. However, the Western mind is eminently practical, and we know it is only a matter of a short time before it will recognize the practicability of this work.  

We greet our students with our most profound saalam and bid them be seated for their first lesson in the yogi science of breath.

©2018 Eastern Classic Audio (P)2018 Eastern Classic Audio

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Not a modern book - Historical style/info

Do not expect the language, style, format, or science of a modern book. You're getting the historic tradition of centuries past written in the formal narrative style of another culture. The antiquated and convoluted language, not to mention the scientific terms and descriptions of ancient traditions take some wading through.

If, like me, you don't require the grounding in anatomy and the science of generations past and other cultures, you might want to skip forward a few chapters to the actual information on breath. The information is fascinating for those interested in historical medical and scientific discoveries and practices in other parts of the world and there's a fair amount of criticism of how the West will some day come to recognize what was discounted because it could not be measured by instruments of times past which makes the early chapters really slow going. However, once you come to the breathing practices, which is what I wanted it for, it gets interesting.

The narrator does a fantastic job with otherwise dry historical information and I commend his performance. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • 01-10-19

Hard to read, borderline dense

Hard to read not modern book

The content is good but to get to that content you have try pretty hard as the language doesn’t really flow as well at should for modern readers.