A Buddhist teacher was instructing new monks on the importance of breath. After the instruction was over one young monk came to the instructor and said he was unable to find the importance of breath. The instructor dunked the young monks head in a tub of water for a long period of time. Once the monk stopped struggling the instructor let him up to catch his breath and said ”I'll bet breath is important to you now”.
Breathing is life. It is one of our most vital functions. One of the Five Principles of Yoga is Pranayama or Breathing Exercise which promotes proper breathing. Proper Breathing, in a Yogic point of view, is to bring more oxygen to the blood and to the brain, and to control prana or the vital life energy. Pranayama - the science of breath control; consists a series of exercises intended to meet these needs and to keep the body in vibrant
The average person reaches peak respiratory function and lung capacity in their mid 20's. Then they begin to loose respiratory capacity: between 9% and 27% for every decade of life. So, unless you are doing something to maintain or improve your breathing capacity, it will decline, and with it, your general health, your life expectancy, and for that matter, your spirit as well.
Today and everyday fill your lungs to capacity and breath.