Fast breathing, fast living

I began examining the yogc literature with a sense of wariness. Long ago, while working at the University of Wisconsin on a study of respiratory physiology, I came across a flat contradiction to one of modern yoga’s central tenets—that fast breathing floods the body and brain with revitalizing oxygen. In contrast, a textbook I was reading at the time said the pace of human respiration

‘can drop to one-half or rise to over one hundred times normal without appreciably influencing the amount of blood oxygenated.’

I see now that, in 1975, I underlined that passage quite heavily.

-The Science of Yoga by William J. Broad

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