We don’t have to think to breathe, but when we learn to have an awareness of the breath, it helps us to control the body and mind as well. When we are aware, we are able to make connections to the way we are breathing with the way we are feeling.
Your yoga practice is essentially a moving meditation. It is where participants are able to maintain deep, consistent breath throughout their entire practice, regardless of the physical posture they are performing. In this manner, yoga teaches us to control our state of mind, regardless of the daily stresses we encounter.