Breath by James Nestor audiobook

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

By James Nestor
Read by James Nestor

Penguin Audio
7.31 Hours 1
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A New York Times Bestseller A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2020   “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.

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New York Times bestseller

A #1 Amazon.com bestseller

A New York Times Bestseller in Audio

An iBooks bestseller in Audiobooks

A BookPage Top Pick of the Month

A New York Times Bestseller A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2020   “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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Reveals the importance of our breath and promises us a changed life if only we’ll take a moment to stop, slow down and breathe.” BookPage (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: James Nestor

Author Bio: James Nestor

James Nestor is the author of the New York Times bestseller and Amazon.com bestseller Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art. His book, Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves, was a finalist for the PEN/American Center Best Sports Book of the Year and a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. He has written for Scientific American, Outside magazine, Men’s Journal, National Public Radio, the New York Times, and more, and he has appeared on dozens of national radio and television shows, including ABC’s Nightline, the CBS Morning News, and NPR. More at mrjamesnestor.com.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Runtime: 7.31
Audience: Adult
Language: English