Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

By James Nestor

An entire book about breathing. When we first picked up this book, this did not seem like an easy read. Yet, James Nestor’s latest work, New York Times Best-Seller, Breath. The New Science of a Lost Art had us captivated from the beginning.

“No matter what you eat, how much you exercise, how skinny or young or strong you are, none of it matters if you’re not breathing properly.” Those are powerful words written on the inside cover. We take about 25,000 breaths a day. However, the human species, rarely does this correctly.

Having dealt with a chronic lung condition for most of his teenage and adult life, the author explores the process of breathing through thoughtful stories, interesting anecdotes, and shared personal experiences. Mr. Nestor sets out to explore various techniques on how to heal his chronic illness through the “ancient art”, as he puts it, of breathing.

Reminiscent of such titles such as “Eat, Pray, Love” and “Under the Tuscan Sun”, “Breath” takes us through Mr. Nestor’s journey of healing. Emotionally, physically, and spiritually. And after reading the book, you will never look at the simple task of breathing the same way again.

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