According to the teachings of Yoga, breath and mind are intimately connected.
When one is excited, the breath becomes rapid and shallow, coming in quick gasps.
On the other hand, when one is relaxed and calm, the breaths tend to be long, slow and deep.
One of the greatest adepts, teachers, writers, and humanitarians of the 20th century, Swami Rama (1925-1996) is the founder of the Himalayan Institute. Born in Northern India, he was raised from early childhood by the Himalayan sage, Bengali Baba. Under the guidance of his master, he traveled from monastery to monastery and studied with a variety of Himalayan saints and sages, including his grandmaster who was living in a remote region of Tibet. In addition to this intense spiritual training, Swami Rama received higher education in both India and Europe. From 1949 to 1952, he held the prestigious position of Shankaracharya of Karvirpitham in South India. Thereafter, he returned to his master to receive further training at his cave monastery, and finally in 1969, came to the United States where he founded the Himalayan Institute. His best known work, Living With the Himalayan Masters, reveals the many facets of this singular adept and demonstrates his embodiment of the living tradition of the East.
"Worrying is a disease you have acquired. You have been worrying your whole life and yet you are still alive. If you look at your past, you will find that your whole past was filled with worries, but you are still alive and you are smiling. Based on this experience, ask yourself not to be affected by worries. Worrying consumes your energy. Worrying is like a car in motion that is not going anywhere. Your mind is going through the thinking process, but you are not progressing. There are some people who really like to worry. They feel if they do not have any worries what is the point of living.
Mind control does not make you inert or desireless. Mind control makes you creative, well balanced, and skillful. It cannot prevent you from worrying, but it can help you to control and modify worries. No one can say they do not have worries, but some people can say, 'Yes, I have worries, but I don’t allow them to affect me.’ You cannot enjoy anything if you worry. You cannot enjoy sleep, sex, food, or anything else. You cannot enjoy your very existence. You should learn to enjoy everything by not allowing any worries to affect you. When you have to do something, do it; do not keep it in your mind and worry about it. This is a very bad habit."
- Swami Rama in Samadhi the Highest State of Wisdom: Yoga the Sacred Science