Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

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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 25,000 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. 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 S�o 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.

Title:Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art
ISBN:9780735213616
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    Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art Reviews

  • Miguel

    In terms of single subject science books, Breath is a bit light on the science and heavy on the anecdotal evidence. Though there doesn’t appear to be anything outrageous or obviously harmful here, t...

  • Story?

    I've had respiratory problems since I was a child and thus found this book quite fascinating. The author presents various theories on the best ways to improve our breathing and backs up the methods wi...

  • Vivian

    Popular science approach to the physiological effects of breathing, and how we breathe, on the body and mind from the cellular level up. Unsurprisingly, a good bit of attention is focused on yoga tech...

  • Leah

    Well this book was very enlightening, I had no idea correct breathing has such an importance on your overall health and can prevent diseases and conditions.Always breathe through your nose, never thro...

  • MicheleReader

    I have had breathing issues for many years, allergies, etc. Could it be that I am not breathing correctly? After reading Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, there’s a pretty good chance that I’...

  • Griffnilla

    Yoga talk about breathing never really stuck with me. I honestly did not expect this to be very interesting, let alone provocative. But it's full of fascinating explanations, histories, and interviews...

  • Steph Mann

    There is some flat-out misinformation here. Though there is really good information to help people to better health, the author sometimes supports his ideas with falsehoods he got from I don't know wh...

  • Cher

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it.“When a wave comes, it washes over you and runs up the beach. Then, the wave turns around, and recedes over you, going back to the ocean….This is like the breath...

  • John Tankersley

    4 parts good info and 1 part crackpot, this book 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 ...

  • Tony Winyard

    This is an absolutely fascinating book. 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 ...