Here's a little known fact: we breathe over a thousand times an hour. Here's another: most of us aren't doing it properly. Rather than breathing in deeply using our diaphragms, we tend to take short, shallow breaths, something that can contribute to health problems like headaches and back pain.
Advocates of breathing exercises report lower blood pressure and improved mental wellbeing, while the techniques taught by the Academy of Breath can induce deep meditative states and even unlock traumas and subconscious emotions.
If you're sceptical give one of their webinars a go - every Sunday they host two free guided breathwork sessions on their website, with around 60 people regularly joining in from all over the world.