SEVEN MINOR YOGI EXERCISES.
This chapter is composed of seven minor Yogi Breathing Exercises,
bearing no special names, but each distinct and separate from the
others and having a different purpose in view. Each student will
find several of these exercises best adapted to the special requirements
of his particular case. Although we have styled these exercises "minor
exercises," they are quite valuable and useful, or they would
not appear in this book. They give one a condensed course in "Physical
Culture" and "Lung Development," and might readily
be "padded out" and elaborated into a small book on these
subjects. They have, of course, an additional value, as Yogi Breathing
forms a part of each exercise. Do not pass them by because they
are marked "minor." Some one or more of these exercises
may be just what you need. Try them and decide for yourself.
(1) Stand erect with hands at sides.
(2) Inhale Complete Breath.
(3) Raise the arms slowly, keeping them rigid until the hands
touch over head.
(4) Retain the breath a few minutes with hands over head.
(5) Lower hands slowly to sides, exhaling slowly at same time.
(6) Practice Cleansing Breath.
(1) Stand erect, with arms straight In front of you.
(2) Inhale Complete Breath and retain.
(3) Swing arms back as far as they will go; then back to first
position; then repeat several times, returning the breath all the
(4) Exhale vigorously through mouth.
(5) Practice Cleansing Breath.
(1) Stand erect with arms straight In front of you,
(2) Inhale Complete Breath.
(3) Swing arms around in a circle, backward, a few times. Then
reverse a few times, retaining the breath all the while. You may
vary this by rotating them alternately like the sails of a windmill.
(4) Exhale the breath vigorously through the mouth.
(5) Practice Cleansing Breath.
(1) Lie on the floor with your face downward and palms of hands
flat upon the floor by your sides.
(2) Inhale Complete Breath and retain.
(3) Stiffen the body and raise yourself up by the strength of
your arms until you rest on your hands and toes
(4) Then lower yourself to original position. Repeat several
(5) Exhale vigorously through your mouth.
(6) Practice Cleansing Breath.
(1) Stand erect with your palms against the wall.
(2) Inhale Complete Breath and retain.
(3) Lower the chest to the wall, resting your weight on your
(4) Then raise yourself back with the arm muscles alone, keeping
the body stiff.
(5) Exhale vigorously through the mouth.
(6) Practice Cleansing Breath.
(1) Stand erect with arms "akimbo," that is, with hands
resting around the waist and elbows standing out.
(2) Inhale Complete Breath and retain.
(3) Keep legs and hips stiff and bend well forward, as If bowing,
at the same time exhaling slowly.
(4) Return to first position and take another Complete Breath.
(5) Then bend backward, exhaling slowly.
(6) Return to first position and take a Complete Breath.
(7) Then bend sideways, exhaling slowly. (Vary by bending to
right and then to left.)
(8) Practice Cleansing Breath.
(1) Stand erect, or sit erect, with straight spinal column.
(2) Inhale a Complete Breath, but instead of inhaling in a continuous
steady stream, take a series of short, quick "sniffs,"
as if you were smelling aromatic salts or ammonia and did not wish
to get too strong a "whiff." Do not exhale any of these
little breaths, but add one to the other until the entire lung space
(3) Retain for a few seconds.
(4) Exhale through the nostrils in a long, restful, sighing breath.
(5) Practice Cleansing Breath.
VIBRATION AND YOGI RHYTHMIC BREATHING
All is in vibration. From the tiniest atom to the greatest sun,
everything is in
a state of vibration. There is nothing in absolute rest in nature.
A single atom deprived of vibration would wreck the universe. In
incessant vibration the universal work is performed. Matter is being
constantly played upon by energy and countless forms and numberless
varieties result, and yet even the forms and varieties are not permanent.
They begin to change the moment they are created, and from them
are born innumerable forms, which in turn change and give rise to
newer forms, and so on and on, in infinite succession. Nothing is
permanent in the world of forms, and yet the great Reality is unchangeable.
Forms are but appearances--they come, they go, but the Reality is
eternal and unchangeable.
The atoms of the human body are in constant vibration. Unceasing
changes are occurring. In a few months there is almost a complete
change in the matter composing the body, and scarcely a single atom
now composing your body will be found in It a few months hence.
Vibration, constant vibration. Change, constant change.
In all vibration is to be found a certain rhythm. Rhythm pervades
the universe. The swing of the planets around the sun; the rise
and fall of the sea; the beating of the heart; the ebb and flow
of the tide; all follow rhythmics laws. The rays of the sun reach
us; the rain descends upon us, in obedience to the same law. All
growth is but an exhibition of this law. All motion is a manifestation
of the law of rhythm.
Our bodies are as much subject to rhythmic laws as is the planet
in its revolution around the sun. Much of the esoteric side of the
Yogi Science of Breath is based upon this known principle of nature.
By falling in with the rhythm of the body, the Yogi manages to absorb
a great amount of Prana, which he disposes of to bring about results
desired by him. We will speak of this at greater length later on.
The body which you occupy is like a small inlet running in to
the land from the sea. Although apparently subject only to its own
laws, it is really subject to the ebb and flow of the tides of the
ocean. The great sea of life is swelling and receding, rising and
falling, and we are responding to its vibrations and rhythm. In
a normal condition we receive the vibration and rhythm of the great
ocean of life, and respond to it, but at times the mouth of the
inlet seems choked up with debris, and we fail to receive the impulse
from Mother Ocean, and inharmony manifests within us.
You have heard how a note on a violin, if sounded repeatedly
and in rhythm, will start into motion vibrations which will in time
destroy a bridge. The same result is true when a regiment of soldiers
crosses a bridge, the order being always given to "break step"
on such an occasion, lest the vibration bring down both bridge and
regiment. These manifestations of the effect of rhythmic motion
will give you an idea of the effect on the body of rhythmic breathing.
The whole system catches the vibration and becomes in harmony with
the will, which causes the rhythmic motion of the lungs, and while
in such complete harmony will respond readily to orders from the
will. With the body thus attuned, the Yogi finds no difficulty in
increasing the circulation in any part of the body by an order from
the will, and in the same way he can direct an increased current
of nerve force to any part or organ, strengthening and stimulating
In the same way the Yogi by rhythmic breathing "catches
the swing," as it were, and is able to absorb and control a
greatly increased amount of prana, which is then at the disposal
of his will. He can and does use it as a vehicle for sending forth
thoughts to others and for attracting to him all those whose thoughts
are keyed in the same vibration. The phenomena of telepathy, thought
transference, mental healing, mesmerism, etc., which subjects are
creating such an interest in the Western world at the present time,
but which have been known to the Yogis for centuries, can be greatly
increased and augmented If the person sending forth the thoughts
will do so after rhythmic breathing. Rhythmic breathing will increase
the value of mental healing, magnetic healing, etc., several hundred
In rhythmic breathing the main thing to be acquired is the mental
idea of rhythm. To those who know anything of music, the idea of
measured counting is familiar. To others, the rhythmic step of the
soldier: "Left, right; left, right; left, right; one, two,
three, four; one, two, three, four," will convey the idea.
The Yogi bases his rhythmic time upon a unit corresponding with
the beat of his heart. The heart beat varies in different persons,
but the heart beat unit of each person is the proper rhythmic standard
for that particular individual in his rhythmic breathing. Ascertain
your normal heart beat by placing your fingers over your pulse,
and then count: "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,"
etc., until the rhythm becomes firmly fixed in your mind. A little
practice will fix the rhythm, so that you will be able to easily
reproduce it. The beginner usually inhales in about six pulse units,
but he will be able to greatly increase this by practice.
The Yogi rule for rhythmic breathing is that the units of inhalation
and exhalation should be the same, while the units for retention
and between breaths should be one-half the number of those of inhalation
The following exercise in Rhythmic Breathing should be thoroughly
mastered, as it forms the basis of numerous other exercises, to
which reference will be made later.
(1) Sit erect, in an easy posture, being sure to hold the chest,
neck and head as nearly in a straight line as possible, with shoulders
slightly thrown back and hands resting easily on the lap. In this
position the weight of the body is largely supported by the ribs
and the position may be easily maintained. The Yogi has found that
one cannot get the best effect of rhythmic breathing with the chest
drawn in and the abdomen protruding.
(2) Inhale slowly a Complete Breath, counting six pulse units.
(3) Retain, counting three pulse units.
(4) Exhale slowly through the nostrils, counting six pulse units.
(5) Count three pulse beats between breaths.
(6) Repeat a number of times, but avoid fatiguing yourself at
(7) When you are ready to close the exercise, practice the cleansing
breath, which will rest you and cleanse the lungs.
After a little practice you will be able to increase the duration
of the inhalations and exhalations, until about fifteen pulse units
are consumed. In this increase, remember that the units for retention
and between breaths is one-half the units for inhalation and exhalation.
Do not overdo yourself in your effort to increase the duration
of the breath, but pay as much attention as possible to acquiring
the "rhythm," as that is more important than the length
of the breath. Practice and try until you get the measured "swing"
of the movement, and until you can almost "feel" the rhythm
of the vibratory motion throughout your whole body. It will require
a little practice and perseverance, but your pleasure at your improvement
will make the task an easy one. The Yogi is a most patient and persevering
man, and his great attainments are due largely to the possession
of these qualities.
PHENOMENA OF YOGI PSYCHIC BREATHING.
With the exception of the instructions in the Yogi Rhythmic Breathing,
the majority of the exercises heretofore given in this book relate
to the physical plane of effort, which, while highly important in
itself, is also regarded by the Yogis as in the nature of affording
a substantial basis for efforts on the psychic and spiritual plane.
Do not, however, discard or think lightly of the physical phase
of the subject, for remember that it needs a sound body to support
a sound mind, and also that the body is the temple of the Ego, the
lamp in which burns the light of the Spirit. Everything is good
in its place, and everything has its place. The developed man is
the "all-around man," who recognizes body, mind and spirit
and renders to each its due. Neglect of either is a mistake which
must be rectified sooner or later; a debt which must be repaid with
We will now take up the Psychic phase of the Yogi Science of
Breath in the shape of a series of exercises, each exercise carrying
with it its explanation.
You will notice that in each exercise rhythmic breathing is accompanied
with the instructions to "carry the thought" of certain
desired results. This mental attitude gives the Will a cleared track
upon which to exercise its force. We cannot, in this work, go into
the subject of the power of the Will, and must assume that you have
some knowledge of the subject. If you have no acquaintance with
the subject, you will find that the actual practice of the exercises
themselves will give you a much clearer knowledge than any amount
of theoretical teaching, for as the old Hindu proverb says, "He
who tastes a grain of mustard seed knows more of its flavor than
he who sees an elephant load of it."
(1) GENERAL DIRECTIONS FOR YOGI PSYCHIC BREATHING.
The basis of all Yogi Psychic Breathing is the Yogi Rhythmic
Breath, instruction regarding which we gave in our last chapter.
In the following exercises, in order to avoid useless repetition,
we will say merely, "Breathe Rhythmically," and then give
the instruction for the exercise of the psychic force, or directed
Will power working in connection with the rhythmic breath vibrations.
After a little practice you will find that you will not need to
count after the first rhythmic breath, as the mind will grasp the
idea of time and rhythm and you will be able to breathe rhythmically
at pleasure, almost automatically. This will leave the mind clear
for the sending of the psychic vibrations under the direction of
the Will. (See the following first exercise for directions in using
(2) PRANA DISTRIBUTING.
Lying flat on the floor or bed, completely relaxed, with hands
resting lightly over the Solar Plexus (over the pit of the stomach,
where the ribs begin to separate), breathe rhythmically. After the
rhythm is fully established _will_ that each inhalation will draw
in an increased supply of prana or vital energy from the Universal
supply, which will be taken up by the nervous system and stored
in the Solar Plexus. At each exhalation will that the prana or vital
energy is being distributed all over the body, to every organ and
part; to every muscle, cell and atom; to nerve, artery and vein;
from the top of your head to the soles of your feet; invigorating,
strengthening and stimulating every nerve; recharging every nerve
center; sending energy, force and strength all over the system.
While exercising the will, try to form a mental picture of the inrushing
prana, coming in through the lungs and being taken up at once by
the Solar Plexus, then with the exhaling effort, being sent to all
parts of the system, down to the finger tips and down to the toes.
It is not necessary to use the Will with an effort. Simply commanding
that which you wish to produce and then making the mental picture
of it is all that is necessary. Calm command with the mental picture
is far better than forcible willing, which only dissipates force
needlessly. The above exercise is most helpful and greatly refreshes
and strengthens the nervous system and produces a restful feeling
all over the body. It is especially beneficial In cases where one
is tired or feels a lack of energy.
(3) INHIBITING PAIN.
Lying down or sitting erect, breath rhythmically, holding the
thought that you are inhaling prana. Then when you exhale, send
the prana to the painful part to re-establish the circulation and
nerve current. Then inhale more prana for the purpose of driving
out the painful condition; then exhale, holding the thought that
you are driving out the pain. Alternate the two above mental commands,
and with one exhalation stimulate the part and with the next drive
out the pain. Keep this up for seven breaths, then practice the
Cleansing Breath and rest a while. Then try it again until relief
comes, which will be before long. Many pains will be found to be
relieved before the seven breaths are finished. If the hand is placed
over the painful part, you may get quicker results. Send the current
of prana down the arm and into the painful part.
(4) DIRECTING THE CIRCULATION.
Lying down or sitting erect, breathe rhythmically, and with the
exhalations direct the circulation to any part you wish, which may
be suffering from imperfect circulation. This is effective in cases
of cold feet or in cases of headache, the blood being sent downward
in both cases, in the first case warming the feet, and in the latter,
relieving the brain from too great pressure. In the case of headache,
try the Pain Inhibiting first, then follow with sending the blood
downward. You will often feel a warm feeling in the legs as the
circulation moves downward. The circulation is largely under the
control of the will and rhythmic breathing renders the task easier.
Lying in a relaxed condition, breathe rhythmically, and command
that a good supply of prana be inhaled. With the exhalation, send
the prana to the affected part for the purpose of stimulating it.
Vary this occasionally by exhaling, with the mental command that
the diseased condition be forced out and disappear. Use the hands
in this exercise, passing them down the body from the head to the
affected part. In using the hands in healing yourself or others
always hold the mental image that the prana is flowing down the
arm and through the finger tips into the body, thus reaching the
affected part and healing it. Of course we can give only general
directions in this book without taking up the several forms of disease
in detail, but a little practice of the above exercise, varying
it slightly to fit the conditions of the case, will produce wonderful
results. Some Yogis follow the plan of placing both hands on the
affected part, and then breathing rhythmically, holding the mental
image that they are fairly pumping prana into the diseased organ
and part, stimulating it and driving out diseased conditions, as
pumping into a pail of dirty water will drive out the latter and
fill the bucket with fresh water. This last plan is very effective
if the mental image of the pump is clearly held, the inhalation
representing the lifting of the pump handle and the exhalation the
(6) HEALING OTHERS.
We cannot take up the question of the psychic treatment of disease
by prana in detail in this book, as such would be foreign to its
purpose. But we can and will give you simple, plain instructions
whereby you may be enabled to do much good in relieving others.
The main principle to remember is that by rhythmic breathing and
controlled thought you are enabled to absorb a considerable amount
of prana, and are also able to pass it into the body of another
person, stimulating weakened parts and organs and imparting health
and driving out diseased conditions. You must first learn to form
such a clear mental image of the desired condition that you will
be able to actually feel the influx of prana, and the force running
down your arms and out of your finger tips into the body of the
patient. Breathe rhythmically a few times until the rhythm is fairly
established, then place your bands upon the affected part of the
body of the patient, letting them rest lightly over the part. Then
follow the "pumping" process described to the preceding
exercise (Self-Healing) and fill the patient full of prana until
the diseased condition is driven out. Every once in a while raise
the hands and "flick" the fingers as if you were throwing
off the diseased condition. It is well to do this occasionally and
also to wash the hands after treatment, as otherwise you may take
on a trace of the diseased condition of the patient. Also practice
the Cleansing Breath several times after the treatment. During the
treatment let the prana pour into the patient in one continuous
stream, allowing yourself to be merely the pumping machinery connecting
the patient with the universal supply of prana, and allowing it
to flow freely through you. You need not work the hands vigorously,
but simply enough that the prana freely reaches the affected parts.
The rhythmic breathing must be practiced frequently during the treatment,
so as to keep the rhythm normal and to afford the prana a free passage.
It is better to place the hands on the bare skin, but where this
is not advisable or possible place them over the clothing. Vary
above method occasionally during the treatment by stroking the body
gently and softly with the finger tips, the fingers being kept slightly
separated. This is very soothing to the patient. In cases of long
standing you may find it helpful to give the mental command in words,
such as "get out, get out," or "be strong, be strong,"
as the case may be, the words helping you to exercise the will more
forcibly and to the point. Vary these instructions to suit the needs
of the case, and use your own judgment and inventive faculty. We
have given you the general principles and you can apply them in
hundreds of different ways. The above apparently simple instruction,
if carefully studied and applied, will enable one to accomplish
all that the leading "magnetic healers" are able to, although
their "systems" are more or less cumbersome and complicated.
They are using prana ignorantly and calling it "magnetism."
If they would combine rhythmic breathing with their "magnetic"
treatment they would double their efficiency.
(7) DISTANT HEALING.
Prana colored by the thought of the sender may be projected to
persons at a distance, who are willing to receive it, and healing
work done in this way. This is the secret of the "absent healing,"
of which the Western world has heard so much of late years. The
thought of the healer sends forth and colors the prana of the sender,
and it flashes across space and finds lodgment in the psychic mechanism
of the patient. It is unseen, and like the Marconi waves, it passes
through intervening obstacles and seeks the person attuned to receive
it. In order to treat persons at a distance, you must form a mental
image of them until you can feel yourself to be en rapport with
them. This is a psychic process dependent upon the mental imagery
of the healer. You can feel the sense of rapport when it is established,
it manifesting in a sense of nearness. That is about as plain as
we can describe it. It may be acquired by a little practice, and
some will get it at the first trial. When rapport is established,
say mentally to the distant patient, "I am sending you a supply
of vital force or power, which will invigorate you and heal you."
Then picture the prana as leaving your mind with each exhalation
of rhythmic breath, and traveling across space instantaneously and
reaching the patient and healing him. It is not necessary to fix
certain hours for treatment, although you may do so if you wish.
The receptive condition of the patient, as he is expecting and opening
himself up to your psychic force, attunes him to receive your vibrations
whenever you may send them. If you agree upon hours, let him place
himself in a relaxed attitude and receptive condition. The above
is the great underlying principle of the "absent treatment"
of the Western world. You may do these things as well as the most
noted healers, with a little practice.
MORE PHENOMENA OF YOGI PSYCHIC BREATHING.
(1) THOUGHT PROJECTION.
Thoughts may be projected by following the last mentioned method
(Distant Healing) and others will feel the effect of thought so
sent forth, it being remembered always that no evil thought can
ever injure another person whose thoughts are good. Good thoughts
are always positive to bad ones, and bad ones always negative to
good ones. One can, however, excite the interest and attention of
another by sending him thought waves in this way, charging the prana
with the message he wishes to convey. If you desire another's love
and sympathy, and possess love and sympathy for him, you can send
him thoughts of this kind with effect, providing your motives are
pure. Never, however, attempt to influence another to his hurt,
or from impure or selfish motives, as such thoughts only recoil
upon the sender with redoubled force, and injure him, while the
innocent party is not affected. Psychic force when legitimately
used is all right, but beware of "black magic" or improper
and unholy uses of it, as such attempts are like playing with a
dynamo, and the person attempting such things will be surely punished
by the result of the act itself. However, no person of impure motives
ever acquires a great degree of psychic power, and a pure heart
and mind is an invulnerable shield against improper psychic power.
Keep yourself pure and nothing can hurt you.
(2) FORMING AN AURA.
If you are ever in the company of persons of a low order of mind,
and you feel the depressing influence of their thought, breathe
rhythmically a few times, thus generating an additional supply of
prana, and then by means of the mental image method surround yourself
with an egg-shaped thought aura, which will protect you from the
gross thought and disturbing influences of others.
(3) RECHARGING YOURSELF.
If you feel that your vital energy is at a low ebb, and that
you need to store up a new supply quickly, the best plan is to place
the feet close together (side by side, of course) and to lock the
fingers of both hands in any way that seems the most comfortable.
This closes the circuit, as it were, and prevents any escape of
prana through the extremities. Then breathe rhythmically a few times,
and you will feel the effect of the recharging.
(4) RECHARGING OTHERS.
If some friend is deficient in vitality you may aid him by sitting
in front of him, your toes touching his, and his hands in yours.
Then both breathe rhythmically, you forming the mental image of
sending prana into his system, and he holding the mental image of
receiving the prana. Persons of weak vitality or passive will should
be careful with whom they try this experiment, as the prana of a
person of evil desires will be colored with the thoughts of that
person, and may give him a temporary influence over the weaker person.
The latter, however, may easily remove such influence by closing
the circuit (as before mentioned) and breathing a few rhythmic breaths,
closing with the Cleansing Breath.
(5) CHARGING WATER.
Water may be charged with prana, by breathing rhythmically, and
holding the glass of water by the bottom, in the left hand, and
then gathering the fingers of the right hand together and shaking
them gently over the water, as if you were shaking drops of water
off of your finger tips into the glass. The mental image of the
prana being passed into the water must also be held. Water thus
charged is found stimulating to weak or sick persons, particularly
if a healing thought accompanies the mental image of the transfer
of the prana. The caution given in the last exercise applies also
to this one, although the danger exists only in a greatly lessened
(6) ACQUIRING MENTAL QUALITIES.
Not only can the body be controlled by the mind under direction
of the will, but the mind itself can be trained and cultivated by
the exercise of the controlling will. This, which the Western world
knows as "Mental Science," etc., has proved to the West
portions of that truth which the Yogi has known for ages. The mere
calm demand of the Will will accomplish wonders in this direction,
but if the mental exercise is accompanied by rhythmic breathing,
the effect is greatly increased. Desirable qualities may be acquired
by holding the proper mental image of what is desired during rhythmic
breathing. Poise and Self Control, desirable qualities; increased
power, etc., may be acquired in this way. Undesirable qualities
may be eliminated by cultivating the opposite qualities. Any or
all the "Mental Science" exercises, "treatments"
and "affirmations" may be used with the Yogi Rhythmic
Breath. The following is a good general exercise for the acquirement
and development of desirable mental qualities:
Lie in a passive attitude, or sit erect. Picture to yourself
the qualities you desire to cultivate, seeing yourself as possessed
of the qualities, and demanding that your mind develop the quality.
Breathe rhythmically, holding the mental picture firmly. Carry the
mental picture with you as much as possible, and endeavor to live
up to the ideal you have set up in your mind. You will find yourself
gradually growing up to your ideal. The rhythm of the breathing
assists the mind in forming new combinations, and the student who
has followed the Western system will find the Yogi Rhythmic a wonderful
ally in his "Mental Science" works.
(7) ACQUIRING PHYSICAL QUALITIES.
Physical qualities may be acquired by the same methods as above
mentioned in connection with mental qualities. We do not mean, of
course, that short men can be made tall, or that amputated limbs
may be replaced, or similar miracles. But the expression of the
countenance may be changed; courage and general physical characteristics
improved by the control of the Will, accompanied by rhythmic breathing.
As a man thinks so does he look, act, walk, sit, etc. Improved thinking
will mean improved looks and actions. To develop any part of the
body, direct the attention to it, while breathing rhythmically,
holding the mental picture that you are sending an increased amount
of prana, or nerve force, to the part, and thus increasing its vitality
and developing it. This plan applies equally well to any part of
the body which you wish to develop. Many Western athletes use a
modification of this plan in their exercises. The student who has
followed our instructions so far will readily understand haw to
apply the Yogi principles in the above work. The general rule of
exercise is the same as in the preceding exercise (acquiring Mental
Qualities). We have touched upon the subject of the cure of physical
ailments in preceding pages.
(8) CONTROLLING THE EMOTIONS.
The undesirable emotions, such as Fear, Worry, Anxiety, Hate,
Anger, Jealousy, Envy, Melancholy, Excitement, Grief, etc., are
amenable to the control of the Will, and the Will is enabled to
operate more easily in such cases if rhythmic breathing is practiced
while the student is "willing." The following exercise
has been found most effective by the Yogi students, although the
advanced Yogi has but little need of it, as he has long since gotten
rid of these undesirable mental qualities by growing spiritually
beyond them. The Yogi student, however, finds the exercise a great
help to him while he is growing.
Breathe rhythmically, concentrating the attention upon the Solar
Plexus, and sending to it the mental command "Get Out."
Send the mental command firmly, just as you begin to exhale, and
form the mental picture of the undesirable emotions being carried
away with the exhaled breath. Repeat seven times, and finish with
the Cleansing Breath, and then see how good you feel. The mental
command must be given "in earnest," as trifling will not
do the work.
(9) TRANSMUTATION OF THE REPRODUCTIVE ENERGY.
The Yogis possess great knowledge regarding the use and abuse
of the reproductive principle in both sexes. Some hints of this
esoteric knowledge have filtered out and have been used by Western
writers on the subject, and much good has been accomplished in this
way. In this little book we cannot do more than touch upon the subject,
and omitting all except a bare mention of theory, we will give a
practical breathing exercise whereby the student will be enabled
to transmute the reproductive energy into vitality for the entire
system, instead of dissipating and wasting it in lustful indulgences
in or out of the marriage relations. The reproductive energy is
creative energy, and may be taken up by the system and transmuted
into strength and vitality, thus serving the purpose of regeneration
instead of generation. If the young men of the Western world understood
these underlying principles they would be saved much misery and
unhappiness in after years, and would be stronger mentally, morally
This transmutation of the reproductive energy gives great vitality
to those practicing it. They will be filled with great vital force,
which will radiate from them and will manifest in what has been
called "personal magnetism." The energy thus transmuted
may be turned into new channels and used to great advantage. Nature
has condensed one of its most powerful manifestations of prana into
reproductive energy, as its purpose is to create. The greatest amount
of vital force is concentrated in the smallest area. The reproductive
organism is the most powerful storage battery in animal life, and
its force can be drawn upward and used, as well as expended in the
ordinary functions of reproduction, or wasted in riotous lust. The
majority of our students know something of the theories of regeneration;
and we can do little more than to state the above facts, without
attempting to prove them.
The Yogi exercise for transmuting reproductive energy is simple.
It is coupled with rhythmic breathing, and can be easily performed.
It may be practiced at any time, but is specially recommended when
one feels the instinct most strongly, at which time the reproductive
energy is manifesting and may be most easily transmuted for regenerative
purposes. The exercise is as follows: Keep the mind fixed on the
idea of Energy, and away from ordinary sexual thoughts or imaginings.
If these thoughts come into the mind do not be discouraged, but
regard them as manifestations of a force which you intend using
for the purposes of strengthening the body and mind. Lie passively
or sit erect, and fix your mind on the idea of drawing the reproductive
energy upward to the Solar Plexus, where it will be transmuted and
stored away as a reserve force of vital energy. Then breathe rhythmically,
forming the mental image of drawing up the reproductive energy with
each inhalation. With each inhalation make a command of the Will
that the energy be drawn upward from the reproductive organization
to the Solar Plexus. If the rhythm is fairly established and the
mental image is clear, you will be conscious of the upward passage
of the energy, and will feel its stimulating effect. If you desire
an increase in mental force, you may draw it up to the brain instead
of to the Solar Plexus, by giving the mental command and holding
the mental image of the transmission to the brain. The man or woman
doing metal creative work, or bodily creative work, will be able
to use this creative energy in their work by following the above
exercise, drawing up the energy with the inhalation and sending
it forth with the exhalation. In this last form of exercise, only
such portions as are needed in the work will pass into the work
being done, the balance remaining stored up in the Solar Plexus.
You will understand, of course, that it is not the reproductive
fluids which are drawn up and used, but the etheripranic energy
which animates the latter, the soul of the reproductive organism,
as it were. It is usual to allow the head to bend forward easily
and naturally during the transmuting exercise.
(10) BRAIN STIMULATING.
The Yogis have found the following exercise most useful in stimulating
the action of the brain for the purpose of producing clear thinking
and reasoning. It has a wonderful effect in clearing the brain and
nervous system, and those engaged in mental work will find it most
useful to them, both in the direction of enabling them to do better
work and also as a means of refreshing the mind and clearing it
after arduous mental labor.
Sit in an erect posture, keeping the spinal column straight,
and the eyes well to the front, letting the hands rest on the upper
part of the legs. Breathe rhythmically, but instead of breathing
through both nostrils as in the ordinary exercises, press the left
nostril close with the thumb, and inhale through the right nostril.
Then remove the thumb, and close the right nostril with the finger,
and then exhale through the left nostril. Then, without changing
the fingers, inhale through the left nostril, and changing fingers,
exhale through the right. Then inhale through right and exhale through
left, and so on, alternating nostrils as above mentioned, closing
the unused nostril with the thumb or forefinger. This is one of
the oldest forms of Yogi breathing, and is quite important and valuable,
and is well worthy of acquirement. But it is quite amusing to the
Yogis to know that to the Western world this method is often held
out as being the "whole secret" of Yogi Breathing. To
the minds of many Western readers, "Yogi Breathing" suggests
nothing more than a picture of a Hindu, sitting erect, and alternating
nostrils in the act of breathing. "Only this and nothing more."
We trust that this little work will open the eyes of the Western
world to the great possibilities of Yogi Breathing, and the numerous
methods whereby it may be employed.
(11) THE GRAND YOGI PSYCHIC BREATH.
The Yogis have a favorite form of psychic breathing which they
practice occasionally, to which has been given a Sanscrit term of
which the above is a general equivalent. We have given it last,
as it requires practice on the part of the student in the line of
rhythmic breathing and mental imagery, which he has now acquired
by means of the preceding exercises. The general principles of the
Grand Breath may be summed up in the old Hindu saying: "Blessed
is the Yogi who can breathe through his bones." This exercise
will fill the entire system with prana, and the student will emerge
from it with every bone, muscle, nerve, cell, tissue, organ and
part energized and attuned by the prana and the rhythm of the breath.
It is a general housecleaning of the system, and he who practices
it carefully will feel as if he had been given a new body, freshly
created, from the crown of his head to the tips of his toes. We
will let the exercise speak for itself.
(1) Lie in a relaxed position, at perfect ease.
(2) Breathe rhythmically until the rhythm is perfectly established.
(3) Then, inhaling and exhaling, form the mental image of the
breath being drawn up through the bones of the legs, and then forced
out through them; then through the bones of the arms; then through
the top of the skull; then through the stomach; then through the
reproductive region; then as if it were traveling upward and downward
along the spinal column; and then as if the breath were being inhaled
and exhaled through every pore of the skin, the whole body being
filled with prana and life.
(4) Then (breathing rhythmically) send the current of prana to
the Seven Vital Centers, in turn, as follows, using the mental picture
as in previous exercises:
(a) To the forehead.
(b) To the back of the head.
(c) To the base of the brain.
(d) To the Solar Plexus.
(e) To the Sacral Region (lower part of the spine).
(f) To the region of the navel.
(g) To the reproductive region.
Finish by sweeping the current of prana, to and fro from head
to feet several times.
(5) Finish with Cleansing Breath.