50 Inspiring Breathing Quotes

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As a breathing coach, I compiled a list of my very favorite breathing quotes to inspire, motivate and remind you to take time each day to breathe on purpose.  

Why breathe on purpose?

Breathing is the first thing we do when we are born and the last thing we do before we die, yet most of us pay little attention to it throughout our lives.

Breathing is something we do automatically, but it is also a convenient tool to build healthy self-care habits early in life. Low and slow belly breathing is an excellent way to interrupt the stress cycle and help yourself and your kids feel calm, reduce anxiety, and release physical stress effects on the body.

The breath is always with us, it is the most effective calming tool, and it’s free! 

Here are my top 50 favorite breathing quotes:

What has to be taught first, is the breath. ~Confucius

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Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky, conscious breathing is my anchor. ~Thich Nhat Hanh


Your breath is your best friend. ~Professor Ramchandra Gandhi


If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be to simply learn how to breathe correctly.  ~Dr. Andrew Weil


No matter what we eat, how much we exercise, how resilient our genes are, how skinny or young or wise we are-none of it will matter unless we’re breathing correctly. ~Breath, by James Nestor


Stress is basically a disconnection from the earth, a forgetting of the breath.  Stress is an ignorant state.  It believes that everything is an emergency.  Nothing is that important. Just lie down. ~Natalie Goldberg


Nearly every physical problem is accompanied by a disturbance of breathing.  But which comes first? ~Hans Weller M.D.


Remember to breathe. It is, after all, the secret of life.  ~Gregory Maguire


Our breathing is a fragile vessel that carries us from birth to death. ~Dr. Frederick Leboyer


Just a single thought is capable of changing the breathing pattern. ~Isle Middendorf

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Ninety percent of metabolic oxygen comes from breathing. Ten percent comes from food. ~Gabriel Cousens, M.D.


Fear is excitement without the breath. ~Fritz Perls, M.D.


Physical and emotional states can be altered by changing the breathing pattern. ~Wilhem Reich


Improper breathing is a common cause of ill health. ~Andrew Weil, M.D.


Your breathing determines whether you are at your best or whether you are at a disadvantage. ~Carla H. Speads


Your shoulder muscles can restrict your breathing. Your chest muscles can restrict your breathing.  Your ankle muscles can restrict your breathing.  ~Michael Grant White


Without full awareness of breathing, there can be no development of meditative stability and understanding. ~Thich Nhat Hanh


Shallow breathers poison themselves. ~Paul Bragg

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Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple. ~C.W. Ceran


I strongly suspect that all children engage in “advanced” breathing/healing practices, only to forget them as the habits of age literally take the breath away. ~Michael Sky


True breathing is like a flower blooming.  If we hold our breath, the bud never opens.  ~Chungliang Al Huan


What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself. ~Abraham Maslow


Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.  ~Oprah Winfrey

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Breathing is the greatest pleasure in life. ~Giovanni Papini

Breathing affects your respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, muscular, and psychic systems, and also has a general effect on your sleep, memory, ability to concentrate, and your energy levels. ~Donna Farhi

Breathe deeply, until sweet air extinguishes the burn of fear in your lungs and every breath is a beautiful refusal to become anything less than infinite. ~D. Antoinette Foy

Inhale the future, exhale the past. ~Author Unknown

The secret of life is right under your nose!  ~Dan Brule

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The trick to life is to just keep breathing. ~Johnny Lung

Learn how to exhale, the inhale will take care of itself. ~Carla Melucci Ardito

When the breath is unsteady, all is unsteady; when the breath is still; all is still. Control the breath carefully. Inhalation gives strength and a controlled body; retention gives steadiness of mind and longevity; exhalation purifies body and spirit. ~Goraksasathakam

The wisest one-word sentence? Breathe. ~Terri Guillemets

Only those who know how to breathe will survive. ~Pundit Acharya

If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have another chance. ~Andrea Boydston

Deep breathing brings deep thinking and shallow breathing brings shallow thinking. ~Elsie Lincoln Benedict

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Learn how to exhale, the inhale will take care of itself. ~Carla Melucci Ardito

When the mind is agitated, change the pattern of the breath. ~Patanjali, Yoga Sutras

You’re alive and breathing. That’s a fine reason to celebrate. ~Johnny Lung

If you really want ‘wellness’, you need to go back to basics & make sure the foundation of your health-your breathing-is good. ~Belisa Vranich

When you hold the breath, you hold the soul. ~B.K.S. Iyengar

Breath is the finest gift of nature. Be grateful for this wonderful gift. ~Amit Ray

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Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths. ~Etty Hillesum

Breathing control gives man strength, vitality, inspiration, and magic powers. ~Zhuangzi

The nose is for breathing, the mouth is for eating. ~Proverb

When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace. ~Author Unknown

Whatever is going to happen in life will happen. Just be thankful to be alive — to be breathing. ~Johnny Lung

Do not be afraid that joy will make the pain worse; it is needed like the air we breathe. ~Goran Persson

Your body’s main source of energy is oxygen. Period. ~Belisa Vranich

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All learning is remembering.  ~Plato 

Just breathe. ~Author Unknown

Which one of these breathing quotes inspired you?

Take a moment to choose a breathe quote that resonated with you and use it as a motivator to ignite a breathing routine in your home.  Looking for more inspiration? Here are additional breathing quotes from Good Reads and AZquotes.  

Breathe on purpose for as little as 5-minutes a day to calm the nervous system, boost energy, strengthen the immune system and improve health.   

 Low and slow belly breathing offers many breathwork benefits, and with daily practice, you and your children will have the inner resources to naturally manage stress and anxiety.

If you are looking for additional resources on how breathing can help reduce stress and anxiety, be sure to watch my FREE Webinar: How to Reduce your Child’s Anxiety.  It is packed with simple and actionable tools to help your child develop wellness from the inside out!

Thanks for reading!

Breathe well,

🧡 Stephanie Esser | Owner at Balancing Elephants | BE Buddy® (watch video)

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