Breath is life! But why, how, which, or when? Ask yourself what is occurring in your life that is connected with the way you are breathing. Scan the list below and see which ones seem to fit your situation. Realize that 60% of all emergency hospital visits are tied to dysfunctional breathing. Breathing volume is the primary marker for life span. We lose 10-25% of our breathing volume per decade of life if we do not do something to maintain it.