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Excellent guide to Pranayama,
This review is from: SCIENCE OF BREATH: A Practical Guide (Paperback)
Ignore the slightly evangelical tone of the first chapter, the rest of the book is excellent. Alan Hymes gives a very clear and easy to read explanation of the mechanics of breathing, from a whole body perspective to a cellular level - which I found surprisingly interesting. He explains why your nose runs when you have a cold, why people from different regions of the world have different sized and shaped nostrils, and why the only place on the body apart from the genitals with erectile tissue is the nose! Incidentally, I don't think many people would continue smoking having read this book (I gave up recently and this has put me off for life!).
Swami Rama then presents clear instructions for Pranayama exercises, showing exactly how they help the body, and how to perform them.
This is the clearest, most concise and readable book on the breath I have read.