Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

Language & Reference, Popular Science, Non-Fiction
Paperback Published on: 08/07/2021
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Shortlisted for the Royal Society Prize 2021

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. 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.

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 ancient wisdom and 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.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241289129
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 220g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 12 mm

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Fantastic book
Really worth reading and not too long to read but enough to give you some great ideas on the power of how to breath better for a better quality of life. Ve... READ MORE
James Fowler
Simple and life Changing!
lots of useful tips to help your breathing. as an asthmatic I have noticed significant improvements in my and my teenager son's breathing after few days of... READ MORE
shalini Singh
Breathing, we all do it, this is how to do it well and what happens to your body if you don't!
I've really enjoyed reading this book, I heard the author on a Radio 4 program and thought this was right up my street. I practice yoga and mindfulness al... READ MORE
Sam Flatman