Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor
Who knew that something we do with little to no thought or effort could be done…wrong.
I chose this book after I read the summary. Breathing to have your best health. As a self-diagnosed perfectionist, if there is a possibility I am doing something incorrectly I HAVE to get it right! And if you’re just as confused as I was on how we can breath wrong and what does right breathing look like. This may just be the book for you.
What’s It About?
Journalist James Nestor guides us through his journey into ancient practices, medical texts and modern research all centered around the action of breathing. Through his travels he comes to find that breathing is one the most essential affectors of our health and despite other positive actions like proper exercise, sleep, or nutrition, none of it matters without correct breathing.
Adjusting the way you inhale and exhale can cause changes in asthma symptoms, rejuvenate internal organs, and even give a boost to athletic performance. You will never look at breathing the same way again after reading this book.
Nestor goes into different types of breathing methods from Tummo to Pranayama to the Hof breathing method and more. None of which I heard of before picking up this book. He begins by discussing his own breathing issues and a research study he participated in. Throughout the book he highlights different figures in history who have studied breathing in greater depth and gained an understanding on the power of how you choose to inhale and exhale. My biggest takeaway, breath through your nose at all costs!
What I found most interesting was the constant rediscovery by different people of what was studied on breathing before. It begged the question, why do we keep forgetting what we learn?
I highly recommend this book for those looking to improve their health in an unexpected way, science enthusiasts, athletes looking for a possible new edge, really anyone who breathes…which is everyone.
Breathing effects more than we realize and I think we could all benefit from giving the simple action more attention. Check below for five ways to improve your breathing led by the author himself.
- Publisher : Riverhead Books (May 26, 2020)
- Publication date : May 26, 2020
- Page Length: 301 (Kindle)
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