Mercury News  – by Sue McAllister

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

“It is the first thing we do,” says Dr. Margaret Chesney, a breathing researcher at UC San Francisco, “and it is the last thing we do. It’s really important, but we take it for granted.”

Yet we can control our breath if we choose. And breathing properly, experts say, can reduce stress and anxiety, improve mental focus and athletic performance, help control high blood pressure and mend other health problems.

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