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Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

James Nestor

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Journalist James Nestor takes a deep dive into our simplest bodily function, exploring how and why the act of breathing can profoundly affect our health.

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Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

by James Nestor

Overview

When was the last time you paid attention to your breath? Breathing may be an automatic function, but according to James Nestor, it's something we've all been doing wrong.

Nestor is a journalist who has written for publications such as Outside, the New York Times, and the Atlantic. In his third book, the author explores the concept of breathing in and out, and all the ways this automatic function can affect our bodies and health.

Breath: the New Science of a Lost Art topped the New York Times bestseller list for 18 weeks and was named the Best General Nonfiction Book of 2020. Through interviews with scientists and medical experts, the book examines the best and worst ways to breathe, and how advanced breathing techniques can alleviate physical ailments.

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We've become conditioned to breathe too much, just as we've been conditioned to eat too much. With some effort and training, however, breathing less can become an unconscious habit.

- James Nestor

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