Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

“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 of James Nestor’s latest work, New York Times Best-Seller, Breath. The New Science of a Lost Art.

An entire book about breathing. When we first picked up this book, we thought this would be a tough book to get through. Especially now, given the current state-of-affairs with the pandemic. However, this New York Times best-seller by California-based science journalist James Nestor had us captivated almost at the intro.

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

Surprisingly, this book had an adventurous tone. Reminiscent of such titles such as “Eat, Pray, Love” and “Under the Tuscan Sun”, “Breath” took us through Mr. Nestor’s journey of healing. Both emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

In “Breath”, Mr. Nestor states that you will take approximately 670 million breaths in your lifetime. And after reading the book, you will never look at the simple task of breathing the same way again.