Proper breathing (Pranayama): Involves full regular breaths that entire fill the lungs, inhaling when lifting, exhaling when lowering.
Aid the body in connecting to its battery, the solar plexus, where tremendous potential energy is stored. When tapped through specific yoga breathing techniques (pranayama), this energy is released for physical and mental rejuvenation.
Regions of the brain such as the brainstem are highly evolved for survival, controlling complex functions such as respiration with speed and precision that is far beyond the comprehension of the conscious mind. Great instinctive power is stored in these regions of the brain. Hatha Yogi breathing techniques connect the conscious mind to the primal instinctive regions of the brainstem.
Athletes and martial arts practitioners access the breath primal force by timming moments of exertion with forced exhalation. Yogis refine this by coordinating the rhythm of the breath with movements in the asanas, generally coupling inhalation with expansion and exhalation with deepening. Pranayama perfect the process.