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How do you control your breathing rate?


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July 07, 2008 7:26AM

For the most part, you don't. Breathing is controlled by a part of the nervous system that is independently controlled by a number of "feedback mechanixms". When your body works harder and your heart speeds up, your breathing follows suit as it tries to maintain your oxygen levels within an acceptable range. There are lots of stories of those who have spent years developing the ability to control their breathing with amazing results, but I haven't met any of them. You can contol your breathing as long as you are concentrating on it; make it smoother, faster, deeper, etc., but as soon as your attention is diverted, your "automatic" mode kicks back in. Good thing, too, or sleep would be impossible.