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The Breath of Life is a grammar exercise uses structures expected to know for the Cambridge English C1 Advanced, IELTS and TOEFL tests as well as the English Language B IB Diploma

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The Breath of Life

For questions 1-8, read the text about the breath of life below and think of the word which best fits each gap. Use only one word in each gap. 

Anyone who has ever been to a yoga or meditation class will know the enormous benefits of something as simple and natural as breathing. Inhale slowly and steadily, and you can relax your entire body. Stop and focus on the flow of (1) breath you take in and out, and you can quieten and focus your mind. In (2) , positive breathing will help you feel calmer, bring down your blood pressure and increase your mental alertness and energy levels.

Yet, breathing is so instinctive that most of the time we're hardly even aware of it. Of course, that's (3) why it's easy to develop bad habits and why many of us don't do it as well as we (4) But with a little practice, (5) it right can bring instant health benefits. These include feeling more relaxed and being more mentally alert. You may also find that there's an improvement in (6) physical symptoms, such as bloating and stomach pains, dizziness, headaches, pins and needles and low energy. Learning to breathe correctly can dramatically improve your wellbeing and quality of life. Most people think that poor breathing means that you don't get enough oxygen, but it's (7) the carbon dioxide you're missing out (8) .


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