Originally published in New York Spirit
Life begins with breathing. The connection of body to soul is through this medium of breath. The ancient cultures recognized breathing as more than just the respiratory function. They called it prana, chi or qi – the life force. Yogis and monks discovered ways to channel this life force to balance mind, body and soul and even alter the state of their mind.
The ancient sages and seers noticed that the breathing rate is directly related to life span in nature. There is an analogy in ‘The autobiography of a Yogi’ by Paramahansa Yogananda about the relation between breathing rate and life span. Giant tortoise breathes about four times in a minute and lives up to 150 years on average. Monkeys live up to 20-23 years with a breathing rate of 32 per minute. Dogs take 20-30 breaths per minute and live up to…
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