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Store Front link to purchaseBreath: The New Science of a Lost Art

May 26 2020

by James Nestor (Author)


From Chantelle:"Breathe" by James Nestor is an absolute gem that resonates deeply with me as a breathwork facilitator. Nestor's exploration into the profound impact of conscious breathing has been a game-changer in my practice. It's not just a book; it's a journey that unveils the transformative power of our breath.From my perspective, Nestor brilliantly weaves science, history, and personal anecdotes, creating a compelling narrative that not only educates but inspires. Readers praise its accessibility, making complex concepts digestible for everyone. "Breathe" has become a cornerstone in my breathwork toolkit, providing valuable insights into the intricate dance between breath and well-being.This book isn't just for enthusiasts; it's a must-read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the breath's untapped potential. James Nestor's "Breathe" has undoubtedly elevated my approach as a facilitator, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to those ready to unlock the secrets within each breath. I own the hard copy and love the audio available on Audible here.



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.

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

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