Breath: The Power of Proper Breathing to Improve Health

We learned much during the pandemic about our breathing techniques’ importance. Covid attacked our respiratory system, and even now, many people still suffer from the effects of Covid-19. During that time, I took 12 – 15 minutes every day to practice the Wim Hof breathing method and found it invaluable. I started by only being able to hold my breath for 45 seconds, and now I can hold it for 2 mins 30 seconds. It has definitely made me breathe so much better. I continue to practice breathing exercises during my yoga sessions. My yoga teacher, Maddy, (Yogawithmaddy.co) recommended the book, “Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art,” by James Nestor. Having read this book, I am even more convinced of the importance of breathing.

Review of Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor

In “Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art,” by James Nestor explores the overlooked and often misunderstood world of breathing. Nestor delves into the history of breathing and its cultural significance, examining the ways in which different societies and practices have viewed and treated breath. He also delves into the latest scientific research on the subject, examining the various ways in which proper breathing can improve our physical and mental health.

One of the book’s most interesting aspects is Nestor’s exploration of how modern society has largely forgotten the importance of proper breathing. He discusses how the rise of sedentary lifestyles, pollution, and poor posture have all contributed to the decline in our breathing efficiency and overall health. Nestor also examines the medical community’s role in this decline, arguing that a focus on medication and surgery has led to a lack of emphasis on preventative measures such as proper breathing.

Throughout the book, Nestor introduces readers to various breathing techniques and practices, including those from various cultural and spiritual traditions. He also provides practical tips for improving breathing efficiency and incorporating breath work into one’s daily routine.

Overall, “Breath” is a fascinating and informative read that serves as a valuable resource for anyone looking to improve their physical and mental health through proper breathing. Nestor’s writing is engaging and accessible, making the book enjoyable to read, even for those with no prior knowledge of the subject. Whether you’re looking to improve your breathing or simply learn more about this essential aspect of human health, “Breath” is well worth checking out.

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