By Megan Patiry of PaleoHacks

It’s no coincidence that when you’re under stress, you’ll often hear people encouraging you to “take a breather.” Ancient yogis who practiced pranayama (literally translated as “control of the life force”—which was believed to be the breath) knew the power of deep-breathing exercises. Aside from helping its students attain higher states of consciousness, pranayama is now known for being one of the best ways to calm