I’ve just finished above and found it a great small book. I wished I’d come to this earlier in my breathing journey as the chapter on how we breathe / cellular respiration was exactly the background I was after when trying to understand why breath-work had an impact – or the processes that underpinned breathing. Added to the books section is below:
A really well thought out and nicely put together book from 1979 that excellently bridges the worlds of the West and East. The book is divided into 4 chapters. The first looks at the difference in approach to breath in the West / East, the second describes in helpful basic detail exactly how Western science believes the respiratory system to work (and in such a way is something I had to hand years ago in really getting a handle on how breathing works). The third chapter lays in in clear detail the impact nasal breathing has on the body by explaining the different processes at work and the last written by Swami Rama takes a more Yogic approach with a focus on what Prana is and how to use breathwork and meditation to harness this for an improved life. There are clear guidelines on what and how to practice, from positions to exercises. What is abundantly clear here is the central importance of breath awareness and the breath to all of this.