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This is an excellent practice in preparing the lungs for more advanced practices of prana-yama. At the time of retention the amount of oxygen taken up by the blood and the amount of carbon dioxide which is discharged by the blood into the lungs is increased. When people breathe quickly and shallowly the exchange between the circulating blood and the lungs is very small. The increased exchange during samaveta pranayama helps to revitalize the body and improve the health.


1 Book I, Lesson 3, Topic 3 Topic 5 of this lesson for the first two simplest positions. For details on classical meditative asanas refer to Book I, Lesson 7, Topic 2. 3 Book I, Lesson 1, Topic 4

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