Yogi Ramacharaka is the pen name of William Walker Atkinson who wrote advanced esoteric books at the turn of the last century. This book deserves to read by anyone who is seeking progress in spiritual and Yogic life. It is written in lovely old-fashioned prose, but you'll get used to that quickly, and get past it. To teach these things is the object of this work. A version of it is available as a free pdf. The chest cavity, is increased to its normal limits in all directions and every part of the machinery performs its natural work and functions.
By the early 1890s Chicago had become a major centre for New Thought, mainly through the work of Emma Curtis Hopkins, and Atkinson decided to move there. I am impressed with how well the author wrote about the importance of breathing in a way that westerners can understand and put into practice. In the middle chapters these largely consist of line drawings to convey the relevant anatomical features or physical actions. When Atkinson wrote under the pseudonym Yogi Ramachakara, he claimed to be a Hindu. If you can take those aspects with a grain of salt then the techniques are well worth learning.
It describes the physiology of breathing as well as a basis of the Yogi knowledge of prana and its relation to breathing. Mystic Christianity is my personal favorite. He talks about 'prana' a sort of 'nerve force' and all sorts of healing and transference of prana that is, by nature, nonphysical. This fact has led the majority of Western writers to speak and write of Low Breathing which they call Abdominal Breathing as the highest and best method known to science. Chi Kung practitioners, singers, orators, yogis, the ordinary person in the street who wants better health, asthmatics etc can all benefit from the exercises in this book, deceptively simple but profound in their effects on the body and mind. This is an important book.
We have given the Western idea as well as the Oriental, showing how one dovetails into the other. If you are still undecided after reviewing all the sample material then we thank you for stopping by and perhaps you will consider us in the future. The Oriental accepts the theories and facts of his Western brothers which have been known to him for centuries and adds thereto much that the latter do not now accept, but whi In this chapter we will give you briefly the theories of the Western scientific world regarding the functions of the respiratory organs, and the part in the human economy played by the breath. Please take the time to review the website and all the content. That is, it explains some topics not addressed earlier--such as the interaction between the nervous and the cardiovascular systems as well as chakra. It is evident that any method that lulls the entire lung space must be far preferable to those filling only certain parts.
The book is well-written and interesting. The metaphysics chapters of this book are totally out there he has written other books on psychic healing , however I found myself judging some of his notions as an interesting look into the history and philosophy of a technique that had been practiced in India long ago. The techniques mentioned in the book are revolutionary. I found it a darn good read because I needed to know. Many diseases of the vocal organs and organs of respiration may be directly traced to this barbarous method of breathing, and the straining of delicate organs caused by this method, often results in the harsh, disagreeable voices heard on all sides.
As Ramacharaka, he helped to popularize Eastern concepts in America, with Yoga and a broadly-interpreted Hinduism being particular areas of focus. However, the chapter begins with a mix of physiology and mythic physiology. If you believe this is for you then we hope you will join the website and enrich your life with the material presented. It is a small book, but packed full of knowledge and exercises. He is also known to have been the author of the pseudonymous works attributed to Theron Q. This short book consists of four chapters. Breathing through the nose is emphasized in both yoga and many other systems of breath training e.
But then again, maybe that kind of thinking helps people calm down and focus their attention in a physiologically productive way. We greet our students, with our most profound salaam, and bid them be seated for their first lesson in the Yogi Science of Breath. They are powerful and can result in exhaustion however temporary if carried to excess. High Breathing is probably the worst form of breathing known to man and requires the greatest expenditure of energy with the smallest amount of benefit. This is an oldie, but a goody. William Atkinson Science of Breath is a complete manual of the Oriental breathing philosophy of physical, mental, psychic and spiritual development. We will give a general idea of the first three methods, and a more extended treatment of the fourth method, upon which the Yogi Science of Breath is largely based.
Although I have been doing yoga daily for almost 45 years, there were parts of the book that were helpful. I liked his exhaustive treatment of the complete yogic breath and this was well explained. In general a quick read. Any method which will fill the entire lung space must be of the greatest value to Man in the way of allowing him to absorb the greatest quantity of oxygen and to store away the greatest amount of prana. The basic message is that health and long life come from good breathing, not to mention a whole host of more esoteric things like healing other people and joining up with the Universal Consciousness.
I got this book as a Kindle freebie. The diaphragm, the muscular partition before alluded to, separates the chest box from the abdominal cavity. It was written by an American named William Walker Atkinson, who also went by the pseudonym of Yogi Ramacharaka. Summary: For thousands of years, yogis have believed that breath is the essential link between body and mind, energizing a subtle body which connects the physical and mental aspects of our being. I've found all of his works to be worthwhile. Com, All Rights Reserved © Digital Millennium Refund Policy: We truly believe in giving value for value.