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Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

Simple, but potentially life-changing! I am still making my way through this book because it has given me so much to think about - namely breathing, which I never think about unless I have been exercising strenuously, which I try to avoid. Here’s what I’ve learned so far: it’s all about the nose. And I am breathing wrong most of the time.  But if I get it right, it will have a lasting impact on my health, my brain power, and my mental state, so that’s why I’m progressing slowly - I want to get it right!  Here are some endorsements:  Kirkus: “A welcome, invigorating user’s manual for the respiratory system.” Library Journal: “Full of fascinating information and compelling arguments, this eye-opening (or more aptly a mouth-closing and nostril-opening) work is highly recommended.” and a close friend who lost 10 pounds using the techniques in this book! Note from Sandy - this book is top of the list for titles folks come BACK in and tell me this book was so great, they are buying more to give/gift. - Carrie

A New York Times Bestseller

A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2020

Named a Best Book of 2020 by NPR

"A fascinating scientific, cultural, spiritual and evolutionary history of the way humans breathe--and how we've all been doing it wrong for a long, long time." --Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic and Eat Pray Love

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. 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.

Publication Date: 
May 26, 2020