And yes, it is an art. I am using some of these exercises and am making some (hopefully) lifelong breathing changes based on the principles in this book. Unsurprisingly, a good bit of attention is focused on yoga techniques, but it also illustrates other techniques utilized by premier athletes and opera singers. It will alarm you. Breathing through the right nostril will also feed more blood to the opposite hemisphere of the brain, specifically to the prefrontal cortex, which has been associated with logical decisions, language, and computing. Fascinating and provocative stuff."—Dr. Full of fascinating information an compelling arguments, this eye-opening (or more aptly a mouth-closing and nostril-opening) work is highly recommended.” —Library Journal, “Breath provides a new perspective of modern day technology and how we’ve unknowingly abandoned the answers we’ve always had. But again, the recommendations of nose breathing and engaging in yoga-style breathing exercises seem fairly benign and may even improve overall health. Welcome back. This book uses the classic trope of the medical establishment dismissing obvious, home-remedy style solutions. Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art is a 2020 book by author James Nestor. Advertisement. This week we’re learning how to breathe better — and about how doing so can vastly improve our overall health — with help from journalist James Nestor. The final part of the book was more intense and, frankly, I don’t think I’ll adopt those techniques, but others are here for good. As a result, I figured out why I sleep so badly and why my breathing feels so often out of sync. Over the last few weeks I’ve been using the methods I learned from his book and I can tell you there are absolutely some real benefits to be had from this. This was an amazing book. John Douillard DC CAP, elite trainer and author of Body, Mind, and Sport: The Mind-Body Guide to Lifelong Health, Fitness, and Your Personal Best, “It’s a rare popular-science book that keeps a reader up late, eyes glued to the pages. —Joe Rogan, "A fascinating book, full of dazzling revelations." He talks of inhaling air rich in carbon dioxide as a treatment for many ailments. Most people have no idea how to do breathing exercises and how beneficial they are. It’s a must read for anyone who has breathing problems. It goes by another name: prayer. Seems like he's making both an evolutionary claim (though seems more Lamarckian than Darwinian) that when we started eating soft foods, our jaws a a species got smaller and also he's making an environmental claim that we do this to ourselves by not chewing enough etc. The useful ideas of the book can be summed up in a few pages, the rest is unnecessary verbiage. This happens because breathing through the right side of the nose activates the sympathetic nervous system, the “fight or flight” mechanism that puts the body in a more elevated state of alertness and readiness. But the science seems about as settled as various diet recommendations, the science of which seems to change by the year. Breath by James Nestor, Riverhead Books. I was expecting something that covered the science of breath, instead it mainly just regurgitated claims from new age experts. I couldn’t put it down. It seems many of us today, breathe wrong? . Who knew respiration could be so scintillating?” —Spirituality & Health, “Breath is an utterly fascinating journey into the ways we are wired. I had completely forgotten about books like this -- narrative/science-y, in the Mary Roach or Po Bronson vein, where a writer takes an enormously large concept and sets about investigating and making the latest research about it accessible to the rest of us. 55 people found this helpful My fear is the some people my try their hand at self-cure with carbon dioxide after reading this book and come to grief. Inhaling through the left nostril has the opposite effect: it works as a kind of brake system to the right nostril’s accelerator. It will gross you out. I highly recommend this not only to people with breathing problems but anyone at all who is interested in improving their health. Humour is infused throughout making it quite enjoyable. Rangan Chatterjee, bestselling author and podcaster, “A transformative book that changes how you think about your body and mind.” —Joshua Foer, New York Times–bestselling author of Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Memory. I tried some of the suggested exercises and felt better immediately. Note - he also reads the audio and is a great narrator. An enthralling, surprising, and often funny adventure into our most overlooked and undervalued function.” —Bonnie Tsui, author of Why We Swim and American Chinatown, “A welcome, invigorating user’s manual for the respiratory system.” —Kirkus Reviews, "I would have thought that breathing was pretty simple and well understood. Steven Y. But on the whole, I’m glad I read this. I'm going to have to relearn how to breathe! James Nestor, a self-styled ‘aeronaut’ as he calls those who have deeply studied breathwork, and sought to educate and help others to breathe well, explores, clearly, so clearly, a whole range of extraordinary breathing techniques. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed learning how to breath. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. His latest book, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, was released May 26, 2020 by Riverhead/Penguin Random House. We will discuss why we should learn how to breathe properly because, apparently, it has many benefits that can improve our health. I had no idea of the health issues that seemingly go hand in hand with those who breath through their mouths versus their noses (also - you can remedy this!) Air, according to James Nestor… Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published It’s a must read for anyone who has breathing problems. Start by marking “Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Though there doesn’t appear to be anything outrageous or obviously harmful here, there also doesn’t appear to be deeply researched double-blind scientific studies following statistically significant populations either. You won’t be able to put it down." Rarely, if ever, do we consider the ways we breathe. Nestor does a great job combining the latest scientific evidence with the knowledge earlier cultures understood about breathing and put into practice in their own lives. When we undervalue anything, including something so basic as breathing, bad things always happen—and Nestor makes it clear how awful it’s gotten. "This is the best book I've ever read! Every December, as we wrap up our annual Goodreads Reading Challenge, we ask our book-loving colleagues a simple yet incredibly tough... 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. In terms of single subject science books, Breath is a bit light on the science and heavy on the anecdotal evidence. Over-promising, potentially dangerous, pseudo-science book that uses limited to no data to substantiate its claims. . Often fascinating, often ho-hum (sigh?). The observation of one yogi who can seemingly control body temperature doesn’t make much of an observation about humanity at large, and it might just be an aberration or a falsified data point. I recommend it to everybody who is a fan of breathing. I listened to the audiobook and think it was a great way to digest the majority of the information. We breathe 25,000 times a day, and every breath has an impact on our anxiety levels, blood pressure, and heart rate. 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. I guess they all became podcasts instead? I just would love to see more support for this theory, which I am willing to buy. But he also provides a clear airway back to better, deeper, stronger respirations.” —Wallace J. Nichols, PhD, New York Times–bestselling  author of Blue Mind, "If you want to read a book about the power of the breath, this is it!" But it’s also a lost art. I finished this a few months ago and I have been practicing the correct way of breathing, and I believe I have seen multiple improvements to health and clarity of mind. .I really enjoyed this book." Essentially, how to get the most out of life. —Dr. In Breath, journalist James Nestor travels the world to discover the hidden science behind ancient breathing practices to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. This book has some very important ideas, but goes about them in a roundabout manner - digressing frequently into unnecessary personal anecdotes. A planet of open mouthed breathers that has caused a myriad of health issues. Though there doesn’t appear to be anything outrageous or obviously harmful here, there also doesn’t appear to be deeply researched double-blind scientific studies following statistically significant populations either. I recommend this book for anyone who breathes and anyone who’d like to breathe a few years longer. Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art (eBook) by James Nestor $2 Discussion in ' Hot Deals ' started by chris , Dec 20, 2020 at 5:00 PM . There are no discussion topics on this book yet. James Nestor artfully brings back what modern society has walked away from by combining ancestral techniques and new age technology in one elegant book.”  —Scientific Inquirer, “Thank you James Nestor; your book Breath has already changed my life!!! Could it be that I am not breathing correctly? And it will inspire you. The way we breath can have significant health consequences that we should be aware of. 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