Why Hath-Yoga Emphasizes On Controlling Breathing?

Our Meditation Teacher asked us some questions like – how long does a dog live? What’s the life span of an elephant? How many years does a tortoise live? How long can human being live? Our answer was in average like dog lives 12 years, elephant lives one hundred years, tortoise lives two to three hundred years and a human 70 years in average. Teacher asked us reason, we tried to answer but he said “No”. He said – “Breath span is life span. Breath span means a cycle of inhale and exhale. One inhale and then exhale makes a breath cycle. If breath span is short, life is short, example dog, rats etc. If breath span is longer, life is longer, example tortoise, elephant etc. In ancient India some Rhisis (ancient monks) lived 1800 years. This was not a folk-tale. We know that only human being on the earth can expand their life span by controlling breathing. Other animals cannot extend their breath span but human can do. Live long and live healthy. That’s what Yoga teaches us. Pranayama means controlling breath (air). Kapal Vanti and Anulom-Bilom are very important breathing exercises in Pranayama. If you want to practice Pranayamas, learn it properly. If Pranayamas are not done in proper way, they result sickness and dwindle in life. So, first learn the processes of Pranayamas properly and do exactly. Human can expand their life span by controlling breathing means – a person’s normal breathing rate is 16 breath cycle per minute. By Pranayama exercises, we can bring this rate down to 8 per minute. 8 breath cycle per minute means living beyond 100 years, 16 times per minute means average 60 years (life span) and 4 times per minutes means more than 200 years and less than 300 years in average. You can examine with other animals- what is their breathing span and how long they can live.”
“So, if we are ready for practicing Meditation, we must not omit Yoga. With Pranayama, we learn basic of Meditation. Mindfulness and focus are fundamental steps for Yoga and Meditation Journey.”