Breathing seems easy enough. If you’re lucky, you never have to think about it because your breath comes naturally, unimpeded, without any effort at all.  Still, learning how to breathe thoughtfully is important. Our breath and our health are inextricably linked and you can change your mental and physical state by understanding the ins and outs of your inhales and exhales, according to Ashley Neese, a breath specialist.  Neese teaches people how to breathe. She works with groups and individuals on cultivating awareness of their life force so they can use it mindfully to relax, feel happier, and even overcome lifelong traumas. Her new book, How to Breathe, released in April, tells a brief history of the breath as part of ancient spiritual and heath practices like meditation and yoga, and looks at the current science of breathing. It also provides 25 simple exercises that you can do at home to get in touch with the wind that blows through your body and gives you vitality.  Sign up for the Quartz Obsession email Enter your email Sign me up  Stay updated about Quartz products and events. Thanks for being a loyal reader. You’ve hit your monthly article limit. Become a member to continue reading and support our journalism. Unlock unlimited access to Quartz, including member-exclusive coverage, events, and access to our journalists.  Start free trial Log in
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Breathing seems easy enough. If you’re lucky, you never have to think about it because your breath comes naturally, unimpeded, without any effort at all. Still, learning how to breathe thoughtfully is important. Our breath and our health are inextricably linked and you can change your mental and physical state by understanding the ins and outs of your inhales and exhales, according to Ashley Neese, a breath specialist. Neese teaches people how to breathe. She works with groups and individuals on cultivating awareness of their life force so they can use it mindfully to relax, feel happier, and even overcome lifelong traumas. Her new book, How to Breathe, released in April, tells a brief history of the breath as part of ancient spiritual and heath practices like meditation and yoga, and looks at the current science of breathing. It also provides 25 simple exercises that you can do at home to get in touch with the wind that blows through your body and gives you vitality. Sign up for the Quartz Obsession email Enter your email Sign me up Stay updated about Quartz products and events. Thanks for being a loyal reader. You’ve hit your monthly article limit. Become a member to continue reading and support our journalism. Unlock unlimited access to Quartz, including member-exclusive coverage, events, and access to our journalists. Start free trial Log in

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