For thousands of years, people have used the art of breathing for equally profound effects on the mind and body. Some have used it for relief from chronic pain. Many more to cope with anxiety, stress and depression.
Breathing seems so ordinary that its true significance can easily pass us by. It is so mundane that many of us have even forgotten how to breathe correctly — and this has huge implications for overall health and happiness. Correct breathing can calm the mind and ward off anxiety, stress and unhappiness. And focusing on the breath is the heart of mindfulness meditation, which has been clinically proven to beat depression, and enhance overall happiness, well-being, clarity of thought — and even decision-making and creativity.