The nervous system sends signals from the brain to the muscles of the body. Respiration, or breathing, provides a physical link for controlling the mind and body. It is important not to force the breath, but let “long breaths be long and short breaths be short.” Regulated Breathing is a strategy to return the breath back to normal function. For example, if we are over anxious our breathing becomes erratic. Qi raises up into the chest. By gently using Yin Breathing, where the exhalation is intentionally made longer than the inhalation, the body will begin to calm down.