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Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

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James Nestor

7 Hours 19 Minutes

Penguin Books LTD

May 2020

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Brought to you by Penguin. Narrated by James Nestor.


'Who would have thought something as simple as changing the way we breathe could be so revolutionary for our health, from snoring to allergies to immunity? A fascinating book, full of dazzling revelations' Dr Rangan Chatterjee

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 wellbeing 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 São Paulo, Brazil. 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 longheld 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, allergies, 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.

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  • Claire B.

    Intriguing book, very well written. Its information was far from dry, instead the author offered a narrative that was pleasing and engaging. He is good to listen to, a little monotone in some areas, despite being the author and obviously passionate about the subject. I like that the book boiled down years (literally centuries) or research into somewhat unexpectedly concise and easy to follow breathing techniques.

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  • Hazel B.

    The breath bible...made relevant enough for all to read

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  • Tonia P.

    Fascinating information !!

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  • Kat Suter

    I found this book, breath, very interesting as someone who is new to yoga and pilates. It describes the back story and history of our breath. I also found the breathing exercises at the end of the book quite relaxing and good for my anxiety. I also love that the author/narrator has a calming voice, and that it is a journey of his breathing issues, experimentation, and solutions.

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