It is said that yogic breathing is best learned under the guidance of a teacher, although some of the simpler techniques, such as lengthening the exhalation, can be practiced easily by one's self.
Yogic breathing has the potential to transform one's state of mind. It is said to reduce anxiety and stress, cure insomnia, ease pain and increase concentration. On a spiritual level, it can help people to connect with their inner calm and peace, helping to still the mind, and allowing them to access greater wisdom and clarity.
Yogic breathing can help students break their habitual and unconscious breathing patterns, turning them into something more calming and smooth. In particular, yogi breathing that emphasizes a longer exhalation is thought to help induce the body’s relaxation response by activating the parasympathetic nervous system. This reduces stress and improves resilience.