How do Yoga Breathing techniques benefit the nerves?
Pranayama can improve concentration, help to control emotions and relax the body. Emotions such as joy, love and forgiveness naturally create slow, smooth breaths, which bring a sense of peace and harmony. We can recreate these feelings through consciously changing the breath. As the nervous system deals with both the emotions and the breath, then by bringing the breath under control we can also control the emotions.
This has huge benefits especially if suffering from painful emotions such as sadness, anger and resentment. The breath can bring the nervous system back into balance by reducing the effect of the sympathetic nervous system which activates during the fight and flight response and stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system to promote rest and relaxation.