The breath and our emotional and mental state are intrinsically interwoven. The way we breathe affects our mental state and our mental state affects our breath. In uncertain times such as these, both our mind and breath need to be resilient, strong and steady.
In yoga, the practice of breathing techniques is called pranayama. Through pranayama, we learn to access our vitality, energy and life force. Physiologically, a pranayama practice regulates blood pressure, oxygenates the blood, calms the central nervous system, boosts immunity and increases lung capacity.