It's common sense that breathing is essential – humans need oxygen to stay alive. Most people don't pay attention to respiration. After all, our autonomic nervous systems automatically do it for us. But it's important to understand that oxidation of the cells is not only necessary for keeping your organs working properly – as Ilchi Lee discusses in his books and teachings, it's also crucial for the body's production of energy and, for that reason, can greatly affect mood and emotion.
Training yourself to breathe properly – deeply and steadily – can have many mental, emotional and physical health benefits. It can lower blood pressure, enhance the immune system and make you feel overall more vibrant. It can also make you more focused and attentive on a daily basis and help you better connect with your emotions. In one of the inspiring Ilchi Lee books, "Change: Realizing Your Greatest Potential," the New York Times bestselling author discussed the immense capacities of focused breathing.
"[I]f you close your eyes and begin to feel your breath, it will instantly become deeper and slower, and your mind will become calmer," Lee wrote. "Then gradually you'll become aware of your body, or more precisely the subtle sense of energy inside and around your body. At that moment, you exist as Energy-Consciousness, not as names, jobs, duties, roles, desires, and so on."
There are many techniques one can practice to beat shallow, unsteady respiration. Dahn Yoga classes incorporate core energy breathing, an exercise that focuses on the body's energy system. Along with meditation and meridian stretching, it can help you develop your core, improve respiration and enhance your natural ability to heal physically, mentally and emotionally.