Breath is a manifestation of the state of mind and body:
It shows how we are feeling.
Being preoccupied or anxious can make it hard to breathe, as if the space for the breath is already full, and then creates further anxiety.
Breathing practice can teach us how to use the breath to turn this situation around and direct experience to openness.
As breath moves through the body, it refines, extracts, purifies, and alchemizes.
Kum Nye Dancing