Breath The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor
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No matter what you eat, how much you exercise, how skinny or young or wise you are, none of it matters if you’re not breathing properly.
There is nothing more essential to our health and well-being than breathing: take air in, let it out, repeat twenty-five thousand times a day. Yet, as a species, humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with grave consequences.
Journalist James Nestor travels the world to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it ebook Breath The New Science of a Lost Art. The answers aren’t found in pulmonology labs, as we might expect, but in the muddy digs of ancient burial sites, secret Soviet facilities, New Jersey choir schools, and the smoggy streets of São Paulo. Nestor tracks down men and women exploring the hidden science behind ancient breathing practices like Pranayama, Sudarshan Kriya, and Tummo and teams up with pulmonary tinkerers to scientifically test long-held beliefs about how we breathe.
Modern research is showing us that making even slight adjustments to the way we inhale and exhale can jump-start athletic performance; rejuvenate internal organs; halt snoring, asthma, and autoimmune disease; and even straighten scoliotic spines. None of this should be possible, and yet it is.
Drawing on thousands of years of medical texts and recent cutting-edge studies in pulmonology, psychology, biochemistry, and human physiology, Breath turns the conventional wisdom of what we thought we knew about our most basic biological function on its head. You will never breathe the same again.
Table of CONTENTS
Part One – The Experiment
Chapter One The Worst Breathers in the Animal Kingdom
Chapter Two Mouthbreathing
Part Two – The Lost Art and Science of Breathing
Chapter Three Nose
Chapter Four Exhale
Chapter Five Slow
Chapter Six Less
Chapter Seven Chew
Part Three – Breathing+
Chapter Eight More, on Occasion
Chapter Nine Hold It
Chapter Ten Fast, Slow, and Not at All
Epilogue The Last Gasp
Appendix: Breathing Methods
About the author:
James Nestor has written for Outside, Scientific American, The Atlantic, Dwell, The New York Times, and many other publications. His book Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves was a finalist for the 2015 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing, an Amazon Best Science Book of 2014, and more. Nestor has appeared on dozens of national television shows, including ABC’s Nightline and CBS’s Morning News, and on NPR. He lives and breathes in San Francisco.
James Nestor has written for Outside, Scientific American, The Atlantic, Dwell, The New York Times, and many other publications. His ebook Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves was a finalist for the 2015 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing, an Amazon Best Science eBook of 2014, and more. Nestor has appeared on dozens of national television shows, including ABC’s Nightline and CBS’s Morning News, and on NPR. He lives and breathes in San Francisco Breath The New Science of a Lost Art.
Reviews about ebook Breath:
- John Tankersley: it was amazing
4 parts good info and 1 part crackpot, this ebook Breath The New Science of a Lost Art seems to have a good amount of excellent information that’s well-researched mixed in with some new-age nonsense. But on the whole, I’m glad I read this ebook Breath The New Science of a Lost Art. I am using some of these exercises and am making some (hopefully) lifelong breathing changes based on the principles in this book. I’m glad that this ebook is pushing forward some good self-maintenance and I look forward to the research that grows out of the author’s compilation of a variety of sources into a slim, easy-to-read volume.
- Tony Winyard: it was amazing
This is an absolutely fascinating ebook Breath The Lost Art and Science of Our Most Misunderstood Function. The author did a huge amount of research and I’d guess many will be amazed at how many things are connected to the way we breathe, such as blood pressure, bone density, our facial structure, snoring, allergies, hypertension, psoriasis, asthma, crooked teeth.
The explanations of some of those things made so much sense and I liked the suggestions provided on how to go about remedying some of those issues in a way that costs nothing but time and effort.
Am about to start reading for a second time to truly take it all in.
- Anne: it was amazing
A wonderful ebook Breath The New Science of a Lost Art of its kind. It’s not gimmicky or phony, nor is it insecure about its genre as accessible “pop” science. It felt more like good journalism. The writing and research are totally interesting, clear, enjoyable, and impactful. I am definitely on the “importance of breathing correctly” train and am happy that someone got into it on so many levels including things we don’t associate with breathing but are influential all the same – such as chewing and where we situate the tongue in the mouth. It’s a bit horrifying, too, to realize all the damage we are inadvertently doing to our respiration. The breathing exercises are simple but I already feel a difference in my energy level and mood.