Simply by bringing attention to the breath, it will naturally begin to slow down.
However, controlled breathing where you consciously change the rhythm of your breath and slow the breath down, helps to improve the functionality of the cardiovascular, nervous, immune, and gut systems of your body.
There have been over 1000 medical studies that have investigated the benefits of yogic breathing practices on our health.
Regularly practising breathwork or Pranayama will keep your mind and body healthy. It can help to lower blood pressure, promote the feeling of calm and relaxation, and give you relief from the symptoms of stress.
As your heart rate slows down, the parasympathetic nervous system is activated which brings the desired balance back to your nervous system. When you are in a calm, relaxed state, the stresses of life become all that more manageable. And you’ll find that the quality of your sleep also improves.
And because the attention is on one single point – your breath. Your mind is also more focused, you are present in the moment.
Yet, Pranayama breathwork is much more than controlling the breath. By using the appropriate pranayama technique, you can use these practices to change your current state of mind and as a tool for managing your overall wellbeing.