Breathing is one of our most important bodily functions.
We can go several days without food, water, or sleep, but just a few minutes without
oxygen will kill us. However, in spite of the importance of breathing, few people breathe
in a natural and complete way. People nowadays lead lifestyles that prevent them from
Through our respiration we provide our body with the oxygen needed to feed our cells. If
this feeding process is defective, i.e., if our cells do not receive the oxygen they need
to fulfil their mission, our body's circulation system will suffer, and the same will
happen with the digestive, glandular, nervous, and other systems. As the different
internal organs fail to perform their tasks adequately, our body as a whole will start
Similarly, many disorders caused by stress and anxiety are related to insufficient
breathing. A vicious circle is formed in which the worse we breathe, the more anxiety we
experience, and the more anxious we feel, the worse we breathe.
When our lungs do not receive enough oxygen, our blood is insufficiently oxygenated. In
other words, it cannot purify itself correctly, and the waste products that should be
eliminated start slowly poisoning our body.
Insufficiently oxygenated blood contributes to anxiety, depression, and fatigue, making
stressful situations all the harder to overcome. For this reason, adopting good breathing
habits is crucial for our physical and mental health.
In the East and in India, breathing exercises have been an integral part of people's
phusical, mental, and spiritual development for ages. In the West, however, the importance
of breathing correctly has only very recently been discovered. When trying to catch up
with the East's understanding and control of respiration, the West has borrowed many
teachings from the practice of yoga.