A lovely little article about breath - read the full post over at Yoga Journal.
There’s something about slowing down your breathing that eases tension in your body and calms your mind. Of course, as yoga students we know there’s a profound connection between breath, body, and mind. What you do with one affects the others. And since breathing is something you practice all the time—and it’s not a disruptive as busting out a Down Dog in the middle of a grocery store or at work—breathing has to be the one place my yoga training has impacted me most in my daily life. I can check in with my own breath anytime to gain a somewhat objective and honest look into what’s going on with me. Am I stressed or anxious? Am I calm? Am I depressed? Am I energized? Then by making a conscious effort to change my breathing pattern, I can impact my mood and how my body reacts to my mood, too.