These quotes come from Joan Borysenko's Pocketful of Miracles:
"The breath is the lifeforce itself, the holy spirit that binds us to the mind of God. Known as Ruach in Hebrew and Pneuma in Greek, the breath controls the winds of our energy body and the activity of our minds. Control of breath is the cornerstone for health and for letting go of our small mind and entering the Big Mind of God."
"Awareness of breath is the cornerstone for developing control of the bodymind. When breath is shallow and fast, body responds with an increase in heart rate, blood pressure and fear hormones. Mind responds with fantasies of loneliness, unworthiness and negativity. When breath is long and slow, body becomes peaceful and relaxed. Mind stops churning and comes to rest in its own true nature, the Big Mind of God."
Practicing yoga is an excellent way to BREATHE your way to health, wholeness, and happiness!