The breath is the bridge between the body and the mind. By tuning into the breath we can connect the two and be fully in the present in the moment.
Breathing techniques, also known as pranayama, are more than mere exercises to expand the oxygen in the lungs. Rather, these practices utilize the breath to influence the flow of energy in the body. Depending on the desired outcome, different breathing techniques are used to heat, cool, energise, balance, sensitise or tranquilise the being. With this knowledge we then have the yogic tools to create a certain effect, whether it be to turn the mind inward for meditation or bring a sense of vitality and freshness for external activity.
With all pranayama practices, it is important to listen to your body, only practice for as long as comfortable and never strain in any way.
The average person takes 15 breaths per minute and 21,600 breaths per day. How many breaths are you aware of?