Breathing is an automatic function of the body that is controlled by the respiratory center of the brain. When we feel stressed, our breathing rate and pattern changes as part of the ‘fight-or-flight response’.
Fortunately, we also have the power to deliberately change our own breathing. Scientific studies have shown that controlling your breath can help to manage stress and stress-related conditions.
In yoga, the breath is known as Prana, a universal energy that can be used to find a balance between the body-mind, the conscious – unconscious, and the sympathetic-parasympathetic nervous system.
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