The Science of Breathing

Yogi Ashwini          

Count the number of times you breathe in a minute. Now look at the mirror. Vedic rishis have said, if
your breath count is less than 10, you will exude youth, beauty and glow. If it is above 15 then you have
fallen prey to disease, sadness and old age.

Breath is a direct indicator of your state of being. You derive vital prana from the breath you take in. When the body is under stress or duress, cells consume prana at a faster rate. Consequently the body gasps for more breath and breath rate shoots up. When you breathe faster, the body while producing greater amount of energy also generates toxins (ama) in proportionate amount as an equal and opposite reaction. This ama causes corrosion of body cells and accelerates the ageing process.

Take example from nature. A dog breathes 25-30 times a minute; its average life span is 12-15 years.
Compare this to the 100-150 years a tortoise lives. Do you know the breath count of a tortoise? 2-3
breaths per minute…

More is not always good. Prana should be optimum. Sanatan Kriya, the age-old tool of the Vedic rishis
optimises the pranic consumption of the cells and makes them efficient and healthy. The efficacy of the
practice has been established at the prestigious Indian Medical Association (IMA), where the doctors
recorded a drop of 15 counts in the heart rate of a practitioner during 50 minutes of strenuous asans.

You derive the vital prana (energy) from breath, touch, food, sight and sound. Looking at vibrant
energies or hearing vibrant chants and positive things, touching the vital prana from certain centers of
your body, and looking at vital prana emanating from evolved souls, all are sources of prana for you. It is often said that you become what you follow, that is because that becomes the source of prana for you. So if you follow the sun, you will imbibe its brightness within you; if you follow a monkey, you will end up dancing around trees...

How you absorb this prana, is what the Guru tells you as per your requirement. He might give you all or
might ignore you; all depends on your capacity. As you absorb more vital prana subtle changes come
around in you and your life… that is the indication of the right path for you. Someone telling you that
you have evolved or singing bhajans or reading about someone else’s experiences is no good.

We are all divine beings going through a human experience. All need an anchor to give us the
experience and to make us aware of the divinity and hidden powers in us... So find your anchor and get
your experience... lest you waste this life as well! 

—The writer Yogi Ashwini Ji is the head of Dhyan Foundation, Delhi.
For Details contact: ashwiniyogi@yahoo.co.in

October 2011

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