A very important element in maintaining our health is proper breathing. The art of deep breathing and the regulation of breathing can be easily acquired.
The process of breathing consists of inhalation, retention and exhalation. The time taken to perform each action is proportionate. The Yogis have discovered this proportion and the apprentices are taught to breathe accordingly. Gradually the aim is retention and then suspension of breath. Anyone who tries this finds that the brain works with celerity when the breath is held in the body. This is the objective. Another objective is to suspend the breath and indefinitely prolonging the life. The Yogis have succeeded wonderfully in this art.
The effects of deep breathing are manifold. Deep breathing makes the blood pure, the eyes stunningly bright, the complexion clear and clean and the skin smooth. It makes the body actually glow. It has been scientifically proven that the human body emits a form of light. Youth radiates more light than the aged and the beauty of youth is largely due to this glow. Deep breathing produces more glow than most youths and brings new life, youth and beauty to age. Yogis live three and four times the span of human life always looking young and positively handsome. All have brilliant eyes and are strong and healthy. The fact is that we do not get our nourishment so much from what we eat as we do from breath and sleep.
Besides wholesome living of right thinking, eating, drinking, breathing and sleep, get an abundance of fresh air at night while you sleep. You will wake up in the morning with a feeling of refreshment, vigor and optimism. Mental depression and worry gets along well with impure air and poor breathing. All sick people are bad breathers. Poor breathing leaves the blood filled with carbon dioxide which makes the brain sluggish. The brain power is drastically reduced and the vitality of the whole system is lowered. Get plenty of fresh air and breathe deeply. It will keep you cheerful. Lie down on your bed. Loosen all your muscles and feel the weightlessness. Inhale deeply and slowly. Hold on to it until you finish counting up to 5. Then exhale slowly. Do this for 5 minutes everyday. Gradually increase the time up to 15 minutes a day.
Cheerfulness is an important factor in maintaining good health. It gives a ruddy countenance, brings elasticity to the step, and promotes the life-sustaining inner force. The blood circulates more freely carrying oxygen to the tissues and you will be brimming with health.