Apparently, new research has shown that breathing is important. While this may seem ridiculously obvious, the health implications of a breathing practice (aka. pranayama) may not be. What yogis have known for thousands of years is just being discovered again and revealed in this NPR article.
To make a long story short:
- Breathing is good for you
- You can use your breath to calm down
- Breathing is so powerful that it can change your gene expression
If you already have a yoga practice, then you know the profound effects of learning to take deeper breaths. If you don’t, then there is no time like the present. Place your feet on the floor, relax your shoulders and take a deep breath and release it.