According to ancient texts, our breath is our source of life. An ancient Hindu saying states “He or she who half-breathes only half-lives.” (In Hindi: “Jho insaan thota sash leja thoda jeeyaygaa; jho inshaan poora sash lega poora jeeyagaa”). This shows us the importance of getting the most out of our lives by getting the most out of the quality of each breath.
When your breathing muscles around and below the ribs are fit and strong, you are able to process more oxygen with each breath. When this happens, you are able to do more of life’s daily tasks more efficiently without finding yourself out of breath. This breathing efficiency is called “VO2 max” in scientific terms; the higher your VO2 max number, the stronger you are in the upper chest and back part of your core for using oxygen for daily activities. Breathing exercises are commonly used for treatment of insomnia, panic disorders, migraines, chronic pains, etc. A balanced nervous system promotes overall well-being, including favorable sleeping patterns.