The best way to calm down is so innate to our lives, we often take it for granted: Taking a breath.

Focusing on your own breathing can have a significant impact on your well-being and stress levels, and can even create physiological changes like lowering your blood pressure. But for many of us, when it comes to improving our health, changing our breathing somehow doesn’t spring to mind as readily as changing our diet or exercise habits. 

"We take our breath for granted the way we take our heart beat for granted,"

For those who has experience in their yoga sessions, you would be reminded to “breathe”  Why is that?  Breathing is something we all do without really even thinking about it. It is part of our survival anyway. But you would only be mindful of how the way you breathe only when reminded. 

From there- we’ve even noticed how our breath changes depending on how we feel: short and shallow when stressed, deeper when we’re relaxed. But one thing we probably have not learned is that, we can also change how we feel using our breath! 

A breathing expert at Manhattan’s Integral Yoga Institute and creator of the Breathing Lessons app, Carla Ardito said. "The difference is we can work on our breathing."

You may take it for granted, ask any women who has been through maternity. How important breathing technique effects their body and to the baby especially during labor or maybe diver - you may have more insights. Now, knowing breathing technique applies to everyone in your day to day life.

For thousands of years, the yogic practice of pranayama (Sanskrit - “extension of the life-force”) has been used as a method geared towards reducing stress and healing the body and mind through targeted breathing exercises it may come in handy. 

Check out the below for  health benefits of focusing on your breathing.

by Jan Diehm

by Jan Diehm

by Emma Sepalla , Ph.D

by Emma Sepalla , Ph.D