Because breathing charts the life rhythms, the way we breathe signals the disposition of our energies.
When we are agitated or excited, our breath tends to be uneven and rapid; when we are calm and balanced, our breathing is even, slow and soft.
This close relationship between our breathing patterns and our energies means that we can alter our mental and physical states by the way we breathe.
For example when we are very upset, we can calm and balance ourselves simply by breathing slowly and evenly.
When our breathing is consistently calm and even, the whole organism becomes balanced – physically, mentally and emotionally.
As a result energy increases, health improves and quality of sleep is enhanced.
This leaves the mind lucid and the body alert and sensitive so that we are more open to the richness and diversity of all levels of experience.